March 28, 1939 ~ May 3, 2012

Born in: Kansas City, MO,
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Fairview ~ M. Michael "Mike" DeMelfy, 73, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2012 at his residence. Mr. DeMelfy was born in Kansas City, Missouri to the late Frank Anthony DeMelfy D.O. and Santina Brancato DeMelfy. Mike married his wife, Mary Ann, on May 6, 1972. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and he used his talents and skills of Mechanical Engineering in the military as well as his many employment positions. He worked in several states as a mechanical engineer and construction project manager which also meant he and his wife traveled extensively and lived in different sections of the United States. Mike and Mary Ann came to Asheville in 1991 for employment at BASF where he worked until he retired in 2002. They are members of St. Barnabas Catholic Church. Mike is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Naida DeMelfy of Fairview; a sister Anna Marie Petrie of Goodyear, AZ and several nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Arden with Father Adrian Porras officiating. Burial will follow at the State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Monday, May 7, 2012 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road with a Rosary being said at 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rathbun Center, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

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  1. We count ourselves among those who were blessed to know Mike. He was a great friend who helped others in need. His love of life, Mary Ann, and love of pets are an inspiration to us all. He will be missed. Our love and condolences go out to you, Mary Ann.

  2. Mike was one of my favorite people! He always made me laugh – and without him, I probably would never hav

    e met my husband John. He and Mary Ann treated us to a wonderful visit to the Biltmore for our wedding anniversary a few years ago.

    Find peace Mary Ann in knowing that he will be in heaven waiting on you when you leave this earth.

    God Bless You Always!

  3. Dear Uncle Marion, We will be praying for your soul, may the good Lord grant you eternal rest. Sending our love and sympathy.
    Suzanne, Joan Marie & John

  4. How blessed you both were, Mary Ann, to have each other and the wonderful life you shared together. Equally blessed are we to have had you both in our lives. May the Good Lord continue to bless you and keep you in his loving care. We will always keep you and Mike in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Dear Mary Ann,

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I remember meeting Mike when he, Earl Cheatham and I all lived in the same apartment building when we first moved to Asheville to work at BASF. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone he met. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

    Fran Fee

  6. Dear Mary Ann,

    I am thankful for the short time I’ve known you and Mike. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. If I could be of any assistance to you please feel free to contact me.

  7. Mr. DeMelfy was a great coworker, valuable mentor, and wonderful friend. I shared many experiences with him through our work at BASF. His insight, perspective on life and work, and level head still influence me today. I regret that I can’t be there in person to share with you some of the adventures we had and the blessing he was to me.


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