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Melvin L. Lewis

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:17 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 11:59 a.m. CDT

Melvin L. Lewis, 81, of Weston, Fla., since 1998, formerly of Newton, Iowa,  passed away with his family by his side on April 20, 2013.  

Mel was born Jan. 16, 1932, in Burlington, Iowa, to parents Edward and Ruth Lewis. Mel graduated from the University of Iowa, was stationed in Germany for two years with the U.S. Army, then joined the Maytag Company in 1956 as a marketing analyst.  In 1957,  he married Mary Jo Dworzack of Burlington, who became a teacher in Newton. In 1959, his first daughter, Michelle, was born, and in 1962 another daughter, Melissa, was born.

Mel worked for the Maytag Company for 37 years, where he retired as the vice president of marketing in 1993.   While in Newton, Mel served as president of the YMCA Board, Expansion Chairman for YMCA, president of Skiff Medical Center Board of Trustees, Newton Habitat for Humanity Treasurer, First Lutheran Church Council, and Rotary Foundation.

Besides being a loving and devoted husband and father,  Mel enjoyed the recreation and camaraderie of golf and tennis.

Mel is survived by his wife, Mary Jo, of 55 years; his children Michelle Duffy Fosenburg (Jeff) of Weston and Melissa Neborak (Michael) of Katonah, New York; and grandchildren Caitlin and Christina Duffy, and Mikey and Margaux Neborak.

A celebration of his life will be at 4 p.m. Friday, April 26, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Weston.  Memorial contributions may be made in Mel’s name to St. Paul Lutheran Church at 580 Indian Trace, Weston, FL 33326.

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