Melissa Sprague Verri, 53, of Natrona Heights, passed peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. She was born May 3, 1963, in Natrona Heights, daughter of the late Gary Sprague Sr. and Rachel Flick Sprague Judson. Melissa was a lifelong caregiver and also worked in the field of nursing. In her final years of life, she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and was marked by repentance and change that was witnessed by close friends and family. Her grandchildren meant the world to her. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles, and a sister, SuAnne. She is survived by her companion, Robert Uchic; her children, Jamie, Amy and Kelly Verri, and their father, Nick Verri; her grandchildren, Madi, Toby, Clayton, Rachel, Allura and Noah; and her brothers, Gary Jr., Dale and James. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in JOSEPH J. CARDARO FUNERAL HOME, 1125 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington (724-337-3325). A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. in the funeral home immediately following the visitation with Pastor Michael Mummert, pastor of Lower Burrell Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be private. The family would like to thank Aleisha for the wonderful care that she provided to Melissa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in loving memory of Melissa to the family. To leave an online condolence for the family, please go to www.cardarofuneralhome.com .
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