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Rita (Trafton) Melson

October 10, 1947 — February 5, 2023

Rita (Trafton) Melson, 75, of Canonsburg, passed away peacefully at her home on February 5, 2023. She was born in Minneapolis, MN and the oldest daughter of the late Harold and Rita (Crothers) Trafton.

Rita was dearly loved by her partner John “Jack” McConughay of 22 years and 2 daughters Wendy (Doug) Talmonti and Tracy Melson. She is survived by her grandchildren; Crystal (Mike) Hopkins, Melissa (Shane) Kelley, Dylan McMonagle, Meghan Kelley, Jakob McMonagle and her great grandchildren; William, Dominick, Elizabeth. Theresa, Christopher. Her siblings; Harold, Marvin, Mark Trafton and Nan(Trafton) Carstens and the late Steven Trafton

While Rita’s family grieves their loss, they are choosing to remember her in a way that honors her spirit. Rita had a great love for her cats and aiding orphaned cats/kittens as well as supporting Native American Indian culture.

In lieu of flowers please donate to her beloved charities:, St. Labre Indian School (, St. Joseph’s Indian School (

We invite you to join her family for a viewing from 3-7 pm Monday February 13, 2023, in SALANDRA FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES, INC. Joseph P. Salandra LFD owner/supervisor 304 West Pike Street Canonsburg 724-745-8120 where a blessing service will be held at 7pm. All are welcome. Interment will be private.

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