Donald I. Mellema

donald mellema

March 17, 1956 ~ May 15, 2023

Born in: Rochester, NY
Resided in: Greece, NY

Donald I. Mellema


May 15, 2023, at age 67.  Predeceased by his parents, Jack & Elaine Mellema; brother, William Mellema.  Survived by his lifetime companion Mary Jo Geist; children, Heather (David) Boyce Mellema, Kevin Mellema, Adam (Andrea) Geist, Justin (Susan) Geist and Jared (Christie) Geist; grandchildren, Chad Magin Jr., Emily Geist, Zachery Geist, Lilyana Geist, Gavin Geist, Hunter Farrell and his grand pup, Bullet; siblings, Lloyd (Karen) Mellema, Brenda (Jim) Pentycofe; many nieces and nephews.


Don’s visitation will be held Wednesday, May 24th 4-7 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Road where his prayer service will follow at 7:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Greece Challenger Baseball League in his memory.  For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit


Visitation: May 24, 2023 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

Prayer Service: May 24, 2023 7:00 pm

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

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  1. Mary Jo, Kevin and family, I wish you peace. I am sorry to hear that Don has passed. He was such a nice guy!

  2. Mary Jo and family. We are so sorry to hear about Don. Sending our love and prayers for healing and peace to you ..knowing he is with our Savior in heaven

  3. To Kevin, Heather and entire Family: I am very sad today and sorry for your loss. Growing up, Don was an amazing man and positive role model. Don inspired positive traits into the young men who knew him. I’ll never forget time we spent tinkering with cars, specifically the Camaro, 36 Pickup and the purple Mustang 🙂👍 Thanks for everything and all the fond memories.

    🙏 With deepest condolences and love, your friend, Zachary 🙏

  4., Heather, Kevin
    We send our sincerest heartfelt condolence she was a great man and will be sorely missed. We have the best memories with him and your family

  5. My condolences to you Heather and Chad along with the rest of the family. May God give your heart peace and rest during these hard times ahead. Love Angel

  6. Mary Jo and family,
    We are so sad about Don leaving us. I have many fond memories of him from LaDonna gatherings! We are thinking of you. I will be out of town this week, but I’m sending our love and prayers.
    Michele, Ted, Mara & Garrett Ricks

  7. We are so sorry for your loss and send our deepest sympathy to you Mary Jo and to your entire family. 💔 Don was a great guy and will be missed.
    With much love and comfort,
    Kim and Sue Murray

  8. Dear Adam, Andrea, Emily and Zach,

    We are so sorry to learn of the passing of Mr. Mellema. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Great grief is a result of great love. We wish you peace and healing during this difficult time.

    Casey Kosiorek and family

  9. I had the absolute pleasure of working with Don at the YMCA. I am shocked and saddened.

  10. We were so sorry to learn of Don’s passing. It seemed he was way too young. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. May happy times and good memories help at this time, and may he rest in peace.
    Ken & Bev Keyes

  11. I just heard the sad news of Don’s passing. Thoughts and prayers sent to MaryJo and family. 🙏🏻

    Tammy Fedele

  12. Mary Jo, I’m so sorry to hear about Don. We just found out. We are thinking about you and your family.

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