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Melissa M. Teachout

Melissa passed away and was united with her Savior on Friday, November 24, 2023 at her home, surrounded by her family in Plainwell, after a courageous battle with cancer. Throughout her cancer journey Melissa relied on God and deepening her relationship with her Savior.

Melissa was born July 4, 1978 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Philip and Cynthia (Hull) Maneikis. She graduated from Mattawan High School in 1997 and attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College for graphic design.

Melissa worked at several area businesses over the years including Applebees, Bilbos, Upjohn/ Pharmacia, and Secant/SVT. Most recently she spent her time researching alternative cancer treatments, improving her health and teaching those around her to do the same.

Melissa enjoyed gardening, hiking, kayaking and camping with family and friends. She loved doing jobs that involved interior design and remodeling. On June 24, 2022 she married Brad Teachout who survives.

Also surviving are her son, Dylan Chandler; sisters, Tiffany (Brian) Priest, Michelle (Jeff) Stahl and Jennie (Scott) VanZanten along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may visit with Melissa’s family from 6-8 PM, Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, and starting at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at North Point Church in Plainwell, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Jason Zimmer officiating.

Burial will take place at Schoolcraft Township Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Melissa may be made to

Conners Clinic of Wisconsin


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Lynne & Chris Kelsey

November 25, 2023 at 3:01 pm

Dear Brad, Dillon & family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Melissa was a very special lady and dear friend. She will be missed greatly.

She’s touched many lives and was a blessing to each person she met. May you all feel the presence of the Lord and feel comfort in His arms. She is now as fresh and as free as a butterfly in heaven.


Lisa Johnson

November 25, 2023 at 6:44 pm

Melissa, was an amazing person! I feel so very blessed to have known her. She always had a smile on her face. She will be missed. She fought to the end! I know her son was her world!She is an example to all, to fight and to never give up the fight!Cancer is so awful!I am so very sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace .


Vicky Niewoonder

November 26, 2023 at 11:14 am

I had Melissa in Kindergarten, and remember her as a happy and kind student! I am so saddened to read about her long struggle, and admire all that she did to be with her family and friends as long as she could. Through her faith she is now without the pain and burdens she had on earth, but I know how much she will be missed. You are all in my prayers for comfort and peace. Melissa left an impact on me, all of those years ago, in Kindergarten, so I know she touched many lives during her journey through her life on this earth.



November 26, 2023 at 2:06 pm

Brad, Dylan, family and friends…. She fought a hard fight with positive and grace.

May she now rest in peace.

So many prayers and hugs to all of you.


RaeShell Crawford ( Secant/SVT)

November 28, 2023 at 7:55 am

Brad, Dylan, friends and family,

My heart broke for all of you when I received the news. I had spoke with Melissa a few weeks ago, and she was her usually positive, happy self. She fought cancer with such grace and became so knowledgeable regarding treatments. She amazed me. She is on a different journey now and lives on through you when you share the memories.


Laura irish

November 29, 2023 at 11:26 am

The presence of Melissa in my life will always be treasured. Such a kind, generous loving woman who added spice and fun to my life.


Chris Hamilton

November 29, 2023 at 3:25 pm

I worked with Melissa several years ago. When my mother passed away, she would stop by my office and ask if I was ok and she would sit for a few minutes and let me talk about it. Later, as I was taking care of my elderly father, she would frequently ask about him and how I was doing. I always appreciated the sincere kindness that she showed me. She was always smiling, laughing and lifting up other spirits around her.


Star Teachout

December 1, 2023 at 4:30 pm

Dear extended family of Melissa and Brad, Although I did not know Melissa since we are living in California, I heard in detail how terribly courageous she was during this long battle with cancer. She was tenacious, which demonstrates how much she must have loved all of you to endure the painful and exhausting therapies, both traditional and alternative. We will all be tested at some point in our lives with this ultimate challenge, and let us hope we can be inspired by how Melissa fought it, and probably yielded to it with grace with the loving assistance of all of you.


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