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Melissa A. Tambolleo

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Published in April 2019

Melissa Tambolleo, 8/16/58-4/7/19

If you are reading this then I have passed. I died after a perfunctory argument with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). It is sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s Disease, but I prefer ALS, because Lou Gehrig was a Yankee.

My vital statistics are that I was born in Cape Cod Hospital on August 16, 1958 to Ruth (Nickerson) and John Tambolleo. Ruth and John had some other children, my brother John and his wife Gayle live in Harwich and my sister Helen and her husband Doug live in Carver. I graduated from Harwich High School and worked in the hospital in which I was born for 20 years.

You might think I did not get very far in my life, but I did live three of those years in Oklahoma. I graduated for Oklahoma State University in 2000 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Watch and Micro Instrument Repair. It was a learning experience in more ways than one.

The last ten years I have been living with the love of my life, Susan. These were the happiest years of my life.

I have been a friend of Bill Wilson for some time. What I have learned from Bill is; trust in God (however you perceive God), clean house, help others, and nothing is ever as bad as I imagine it to be. I have never been a fan of flowers, I much prefer trees. If you would like to spend some money in memory of me, please send it to Compassionate Care ALS in Falmouth. They are good people.

Visiting Hours will be held Thursday, April 11th form 3-7 p.m. at Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home, Hyannis. A Funeral Mass will take place Friday, April 12th at 11:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Victory Church, Centerville. Burial will be held privately. To leave an online condolence, please visit