Shirley M. Melander


Shirley Malik Melander 84, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2019, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Schenectady, NY on April 30, 1936 she was the daughter of William and Blanche Malik. She graduated from Saratoga High School in 1955.

Shirley worked at Wood Road Elementary School, where she loved the children and enjoyed her coworkers. She was actively involved with the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa. She enjoyed crafting, cooking, baking and dancing. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her whole world and she treasured the time she spent with all of them.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother William Malik. Shirley is survived by her loving husband of 64 years Robert Melander; her sister and best friend Sally Malik Ball; her children Sherri Melander-DeGiorgio (Vincent), Carol Melander, and Paul Melander (Debbie); her grandchildren Alyssa Bertrand, Zachary Bertrand (Lauren), Jessica Winney, Monica Foos (Michael), Matthew DeGiorgio, Mitchell Melander, and Madalynn Melander; and her great grandchildren Amya, Ava, Kaylin, Ari, Madison, and Lena.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, November 3 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will follow at 4pm. A private family burial will be in Malta West Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The family would like to thank her loving caregivers Darlene Pratt, Laura Snyder and Kathleen Iwaneczko, who made it possible for her to remain at home and Rev. David Waldo of the First Baptist Church for his compassion and support.

Guest Book

Sandy Evans Sarbo

So sorry for the loss of your sister! We have lost contact again, Sally. If you get this message, you can contact me by phone 518-380-0862. I am living with my granddaughter. Again, my prayers are with you and your family on the loss of Shirley.

June & Sean Powers

Our deepest sympathies we will all cherish the wonderful memories. A wonderful, truly loving woman.

Laura Snyder

It was such a pleasure to be apart of Shirley's life and care for her!!!! I'm going to miss her so so much but I know she's in a better place being the queen and an angel looking down on all of us! She has such an amazing husband and family only one could wish for!!! Thank you all for being so kind to my family.❤ and being apart of yours.