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Melissa Ann Scopas
September 2, 1965 - October 19, 2014
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Melissa Ann Scopas, 49, lost her courageous 15 year battle with cancer on October 19, 2014, in Manteca, Ca. She was born on September 2, 1965, in Castro Valley, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph & Rose Rohloff.
   Melissa is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Nick Scopas and their two daughters, Stephanie and Alexandra Scopas. She has one surviving sister, Vanessa Kirchner and her husband, Jim. In addition, she is survived by her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Tracy and Mark Muñoz. She loved and adored all of her nieces and nephews: Joseph Kirchner, Marcos Muñoz, Sonya Muñoz, and great-niece Trinity Sanders.
   Melissa worked for the City of Pleasanton public works division in the early 1990’s, before going into home daycare. She thoroughly enjoyed staying home with her daughters and loved caring for her extended children. After her daughters were a bit older she went to work for the Manteca Unified School District, working at East Union High School for 10 years. Melissa was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed attending her daughter’s high school sports programs, supporting them academically, and just simply being their mom. Melissa was always kind to everyone and she would commonly pour her love out to whomever she came in contact with. Melissa’s brave attitude towards cancer always made others going through similar situations at ease. Her sweet character, her strong will, her witty sense of humor, and her warm soul never went unnoticed. She was truly an inspiration to many in all aspects of life. Melissa will be remembered as a devoted and loving wife, mother, sister, and aunt. She will be deeply missed.
   P.L. Fry & Son is honored to be serving the Scopas family. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at 4 p.m., followed by a rosary/vigil service at
7 p.m., both held at P.L. Fry & Son Chapel, 290 N. Union Rd., Manteca. A celebration of life service will be on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 11 a.m., held at Calvary Community Church, 815 Lathrop Road, Manteca. She will be laid to rest at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, 17871 S. Carrolton Road, Ripon. Memorial donations can be sent to breast cancer research at Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) PO Box 1449, New York, NY 10159. An online guest book is available for condolences to the family at www.pflryandson.com (search obituaries).

Manteca ( Calif.) Bulletin
Friday, October 24, 2014