Peacefully Passed away on April 24, 2006 in Torrance with her family by her side. Melanie was born August 11, 1957 in Long Island, New York. The family moved to Torrance, California in 1967. Melanie will be missed dearly by her sons Sean and Rob, ex-husband Robert, family and friends. A beloved sister, she is survived by her siblings, Patrick, Brian, Chris and Tammy. She was preceded in death by son Michael, brothers Shawn and James. Melanie was a loving mother who constantly devoted herself to her children’s happiness. Much of her time was spent working for the family business, Van Lingen Body Shop in Torrance. Melanie will always be remembered for sharing her sharp wit and playful teases with those she loved. She was a cherished friend to many, always ready to lend a helping hand, expecting nothing in return. A vigil service will be held at McCormick Redondo Beach Chapel on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 7:00 P.M. The mass will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Church on Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 10:00 A.M.

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  1. Dear Sean, I was very sorry to hear about your mom. I know it’s been a very hard year for you. Please know that my thoughts and condolenscenes are with you at this really difficult time. Sincerely, Miss Mello

  2. Van Lingen family: It’s with such great sorrow that I heard of Melanies passing. Mel was such a great person of wit and happiness that her smile and great nature will be missed greatly by me and my family. With great sympathy and sorrow from my family to yours. The Thistle Family “I’m a much better person to have known a great,kind and loving person like Her”.

  3. To, Rob And Sean, And The Family, I am so Sorry to hear about Mel, She always had a Smile on her face when I saw her, She will be missed dearly, This has been a very tough Year for you all and you will alway be in my Prayers, Be Strong, She would Always want you to be that way, I will be praying for you tomorrow. Sincerly, Donie Butts And Family.

  4. Sean and LiL Rob, Your MOM meant the world to us. As you know, it was your MOM who gave John his nickname “RIPPLER”. She always made funny sayings just about anything and everything. I guess that was her way of saying we were all a bunch of KOOKS. We will miss her more than you can image. She is one in a million. Be strong guys, and know you are loved. Ripplers

  5. Dear Sean and Rob, Rob and I can’t even express how sad we are at the loss of your mom. She was always there for us whenever we needed her and always called to see if everything was ok. She was part of our family, just like all of you are. We loved her and will miss her. Love, Rob, Stephanie, Ross, Katie, Mini Murph, Missy and Charlie Meyer

  6. Rob and Sean, We are all so sorry to hear about your Mom. We all loved her very much and will miss her greatly. She will forever be in our hearts. Love, Shorty and Family

  7. Sean, I only knew your Mom for a short time but it didn’t take much time to know what a special person she was, she was always smiling and a loving caring person. Try to remember these special gifts she gave you in the years to come. Helene Babbitt

  8. Sean & Rob Mel was the happiest person I knew, even on a bad day she would give us the “eyes”, and I knew it would be ok. She will be greatly missed by all. Im so grateful to have spent time with the greatest Mom anyone could ever wish for.

  9. Hi Sean, I’m sure you don’t remember me but I was you baby sitter when you were just a baby. Even though the last time I saw you momher was about 16 years ago I can still picture her beautiful bright smile. I will be praying for you and your family during this time. Love Debbie Lopez

  10. Sean, I truly am sorry for your loss. With the love and support of your family and especially your father you will endure this. Your mother will forever be in your heart and spirit. You will have happy moments in your life as well as sad, look to her in everyone of those moments, and she will be there. Melanie did a great job with you, now its up to you to finish and live her job well started.

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