In memory of
Melissa E. Neff, 61, of Valparaiso passed away on April 11, 2017. She was born in Gary, Indiana, the daughter of Ziggie J. and Bernice M. (Kolodzinski) Topalski. In 1981, Melissa married Ralph D. Neff of Merrillville. They have two children, Lauren E. Neff and William D. Neff, both of Valparaiso. In 1988, Melissa and Ralph co-founded Mechanical Concepts, Inc., a commercial heating, air conditioning, pipefitting, and plumbing business based out of Gary, Indiana. Melissa served as the President of Mechanical Concepts, Inc. since its inception. Melissa was a devout Catholic and member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Valparaiso, Indiana, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and as a member of the Registration Ministry. Melissa was also very active in the non-profit sector, serving on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Indiana Symphony Society, South Short Arts, Theatre at the Center, Meals on Wheels, Friends of Hospice of the Calumet, and Catholic Charities. When not volunteering her time, Melissa enjoyed reading, music, theatre, traveling, and her beloved dogs, Callie Rose and Grace Marie, and her beloved cat, Sissy. Melissa leaves behind her husband, Ralph; her daughter, Lauren of Valparaiso, IN; and her son, William of Valparaiso, IN. She also leaves her aunt, Irene Adamus of Merrillville, Indiana; and her cousin, Kathy Anderson and her husband, Paul, of Merrillville, Indiana. Visitation will be held at Geisen Funeral & Cremation Services (7905 Broadway, Merrillville, IN) on Monday, April 17, from 3:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17. Funeral Service will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church (1855 Harrison Blvd., Valparaiso, IN) on Tuesday, April 18, at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Joseph M. Pawlowski officiating. Entombment at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Melissa's name to the following organizations: Northwest Indiana Symphony, South Shore Arts, Theatre at the Center, Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, Hospice of the Calumet, and Catholic Charities. View directions and/or sign Melissa's guestbook at www.GeisenFuneralHome.com . 219-769-3322.
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