Melinda Marie Bronchik

March 2, 1956 - October 7, 2023

03/02/1956 - 10/07/2023

Past Services

Sunday October 15, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions

Melinda Marie Bronchik (née Grampa), born on March 2, 1956, at Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, October 7, 2023.

She was the loving daughter of Alfiero (Alfred) and Agnes Grampa, growing up in the close-knit community of Beech Bottom, WV. Melinda attended Brooke High School in Wellsburg, WV where she graduated as a noble member of the Class of 1974.

In June 1989, Melinda married the love of her life James (Jim) Bronchik. Their marriage of over 34 years was filled with love, laughter, and unwavering support for each other. Together, they embarked on a journey that would span several decades and many cherished memories. They initially made their home in St. Clairsville, Ohio, before relocating to Madison, Indiana, in December 1998. Later, they settled in West Lafayette, Indiana, where they continued to build a life filled with love, laughter, and enduring companionship.

Melinda was a remarkable woman who faced numerous significant medical challenges with incredible courage and determination. She was a true champion of organ transplant surgeries, having received a life-saving kidney transplant in August 2016. Her resilience and strength inspired all who knew her. Before becoming a devoted mother, Melinda pursued a fulfilling career at Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel as the Executive Secretary to the Vice President of Sales and Marketing until 1992. She was known for her professionalism, dedication, and attention to detail, and was very proud of her work.

Melinda was a devout Catholic and found solace in her faith throughout her life. She will be remembered for her kind and loving nature, her passion for arts & crafts, sewing, baking, and cooking (especially Italian dishes), her sharp wit and sense of humor, as well as her love for thrifting and treasure hunting at garage sales. Melinda’s favorite pastime was simply spending time with her beloved husband Jim. Whether watching television, going for car rides, or embarking on new adventures together, their happiness knew no bounds as long as they were together.

Melinda is survived by her husband Jim and their son Bryan, born on January 29, 1993, sharing a very special birthday with his grandfather, Melinda’s father Alfred. Melinda’s spirit will forever live on in the hearts of her family, including her brothers John (Jean) Grampa, Rudy (Lois) Grampa, Bruno (Marianne) Grampa, numerous nephews and nieces, cousins, and other extended family and friends who knew and loved her.

A visitation for family and friends will be held in Melinda’s honor on Sunday, October 15, 2023, from 4pm to 6pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home – Elm Grove Chapel in Wheeling, WV. Her burial will take place privately on Monday, October 16, 2023, at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Wheeling, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that you consider making a donation in Melinda’s memory to the Village of Beech Bottom Beautification Fund, a project revitalizing the area she and her brothers called home. She was incredibly proud of her hometown and wanted nothing more than for Beech Bottom to receive the love that it gave to her and her family for so many years. Donations can be made in Melinda’s name by clicking the link above. A memorial bench and various other projects will be completed in her memory.

Melinda touched countless lives with her warmth, kindness, and unwavering spirit, and her legacy will continue to inspire us all.

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Bob Ney
4 months ago

To Jim and family.
I am overseas and just saw this.
I am so sorry to hear about Melinda’s passing.
May her memory be for a blessing.

Bob Ney

Steve & Jean McCarthy
4 months ago

Truly a “Lady for the Ages”. Melinda and Jim are the Perfect Duo and Bryan makes it the Perfect Trio. Melinda will always remain with us in spirit.

Judy Burke
4 months ago

Jim and Family….I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Melinda. I know you two adored one another from the very beginning of your courtship. May our steadfast God cover all of you with great comfort, strength, love, courage, wisdom, peace and understanding during this very difficult time of sorrow.

Dolores (Riddel) Pytlik
4 months ago

Jim, family, & friends. My heartfelt condolences go out to all of you! Keeping you in my thoughts during this most difficult time!

The Hiller's
4 months ago

We have been neighbors of Melinda and Jim for several years in West Lafayette, IN. A group of four couples, including us and them, went out to dinner, visited on their driveway, and got together in each others homes many times throughout the years. Melinda’s courage was wonderful. No one fought harder to enjoy life than she did. Jim’s love for Melinda was unlimited. The neighborhood will not be the same without her. Our condolences to Jim, Bryan, and the entire family. Bill and Mary Ann Hiller

Don Neville
4 months ago

I am sorry for the loss of a family member. I always felt like a member of the entire Grampa family. My thoughts and prayers to ,Jim and the rest of the whole family.

Shelley Brown
4 months ago

What a sweet soul Melinda was. She and Jim were always so kind to our family during their time in Madison. They treated our kids as their own and were greatly missed when they moved to West Lafayette.
Jim and Bryan, we are so very sorry for your loss. Hugs from Indiana.

Linda Gereg
4 months ago

What a wonderful lady! I’m so happy and pleased to know Melinda while we worked together at Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation. She was very gifted and had a great family upbringing. She was an asset and such a help both personally and professionally. She possessed traits that were so endearing ~ the ability to recognize “what is right” and the conviction to follow the course. She had exceptional Executive Secretarial skills and a lady of the highest moral standards. I was so fortunate to have known her and worked with her. On a personal level she was a ray of sunshine, who offered love and humor to every situation. Both Melinda and her husband Jim were so close and together a beautiful couple, both talented personally and professionally. They each connected with others in their sweet realness, kindness and helpfulness. I am so saddened to hear of her passing and our condolences to her family. Linda and Allan Gereg, St. Clairsville, Ohio

Leslie Grote
4 months ago

What a fun and crazy friend 💕. She brighten so many lives yet she endured so much pain herself 🙏 May God bless Jim and Bryan as this is a very heartbreaking loss I know. She loved them both so much 💕 Heaven gain a wonderful angel She will be missed. Our hearts are broken. Fly high sweet lady🙏 Condolences to her dear family

Crystie Schultz
4 months ago

Melinda sure was a kind hearted lady. I am smiling thinking of the times she volunteered for activities at Pope John XXIII School. I especially remember the signs and crafts she and Jim made for our school Bazaar. Bryan sure was blessed to have a mom who was so caring.