Melinda A. Caldwell

February 8, 1972 - September 2, 2019
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Leigh Ann and Jason Liggett


Melinda A. Caldwell, 47, of Newcomerstown, passed away September 2, 2019 in the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital at Dover surrounded by her loving family following a bold and courageous battle with colon cancer.

Born in Barberton on February 8, 1972, she was the daughter of Jeanette M. (Michael) Cain and the late Ri…

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Melinda A. Caldwell, 47, of Newcomerstown, passed away September 2, 2019 in the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital at Dover surrounded by her loving family following a bold and courageous battle with colon cancer.

Born in Barberton on February 8, 1972, she was the daughter of Jeanette M. (Michael) Cain and the late Richard Conner.

After graduating from Strasburg High School, Melinda continued her formal education at the University of Akron and Kent State University.

Melinda was blessed with meeting and marrying her soulmate, Phillip “Jason” Caldwell. They were the perfect compliment to one another, supporting and encouraging each other with goals and dreams.

Melinda had a passion for caring for the lives of children, and was able to ultimately establish Caldwell Visitation Services, where she nurtured children and their families daily.

Most importantly, she lived her life as a devoted and involved wife, mother, and family person. Melinda was her children’s greatest cheerleader and loved spending time with them vacationing, attending sporting events, or just being present with them at home. She made the most out of each opportunity whether attending music concerts or planning an upcoming vacation to warmer weather.

Additionally, Melinda never missed the opportunity to advocate for herself and others battling colon cancer. She tirelessly researched cancer treatments and was deeply involved in every facet of Colontown, an online community of groups on Facebook for colorectal patients, survivors, and caregivers.

She will be deeply missed by her husband, Jason; her mom, Jeanette (Michael) Cain; her children, Conner and Maddi Caldwell, Mike (Allie) Caldwell, and Kayla (Adam) Holdsworth; her grandchildren, Kenley and Ashton; her siblings, Rick (Leah) Conner, Marieta (Adam) Clark, and Todd Cain; her mother-in-law, Sandy Caldwell and her mother, Barb Lamb; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends; in addition to the large Caldwell family.

Friends are welcome to gather with the Caldwell family on Thursday, September 5, 2019 in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover, 5600 N. Wooster Ave., Dover, between 5 and 7 p.m. to share stories and support one another in an informal setting. Melinda’s brother-in-law, Josh McDonald, will lead a service celebrating her life beginning at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.


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Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Service Information

Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

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Born: February 8, 1972
Died: September 2, 2019

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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Jackie Edwards posted on 10/24/19

I was just informed of Melinda's passing and was devastated to hear the news. Melinda was an amazing woman and the only person who stuck up for me in a court of law. She fought a tough battle and was informative and courageous every step of the way. My sincerest condolences to the family. She as a one of a kind professional and I had the utmost appreciation for her. Be at peace Melinda and thank you for everything you did for me.


Vickie Fillinger posted on 9/8/19

Sending thoughts and prayers to her Family .. RIP Melinda


Bambi Maurer posted on 9/6/19

We are sending prayers to your family and also your extended family. She is with the Lord so let's celebrate that her suffering is over. BLESSINGS to all of you


Gary Compton posted on 9/6/19

Thoughts and prayers to Sandy, Jason and family. Gary Compton


Ron Schweitzer posted on 9/6/19

My sympathies go out to the Caldwell family. Very sorry for your loss


Melanie Day posted on 9/5/19

I am so thankful to have had such a beautiful friend in my life. Growing up with Melinda and the memories we shared will forever be in my heart. I pray God will help get the family through this most difficult time. Jason..I did not get to talk with you tonight but, please know I am so very sorry for you and the children’s loss of a wife and amazing mother.


Kassy (Mizer) Johnson posted on 9/5/19

My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. She was the epitome of courage and strength, such an inspiration. She was beautiful and elegant throughout her battle with this terrible beast. Her struggle is over and she can now rest. Her smile will live on in our hearts.


Trisa posted on 9/5/19

May God bless your family during this difficult time. Melinda was a beautiful soul. Prayers


Gaye Essex posted on 9/5/19

Melinda was so kind, courageous and determined. The world would have truly benefited if this incredible woman could have stayed longer! And now heaven has a beautiful awesome new soul!


Ruth and Dave Meese posted on 9/5/19

Jason, Sandy, and family:So sorry to hear of Melinda's passing. She fought the good fight for herself and many others. Now she is at rest with her Lord. Our prayers and sympathy are with you now and in the days ahead. God Bless.


Mark Perlaky posted on 9/5/19

Melinda was a blessing on our community. We have lost a great voice. I am thankful for everything she did for all of us attorneys who had the privilege of working with her. She was dedicated and caring to all, and there will never be anyone who can replace her. My deepest condolences to all of her family and closest friends. Her loss will be deeply felt.


Mark and Karen Gazdik posted on 9/5/19

Jason and family, with our deepest sympathy may God wrap his arms around you all even tighter,,,,and may he give you peace of mind knowing that Melinda was an inspiring and true example of courage, and strength.......may we all take this example from her with us and never forget the Beautiful lady she was.....inside and out......who's smile could light a room. Her brightness will be inside us all, and may she now be without pain and worry in God*s presence.


Charo Buckohr Case posted on 9/5/19

Jason I am so sorry for your and your family’s loss. Sending prayers and hugs to you and yours...


Regina Mcclintock posted on 9/5/19

So sorry for your loss. We are praying for healing and peace for your family.


Karen Lamb posted on 9/5/19

Dear Jeanette and Family, We were so saddened to hear about Melinda. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. You have many beautiful memories to cherish. May our Heavenly Father comfort you in the following days, knowing she is with her Lord and Savior. Love and Prayers, The Kovach Family...Mike, Mae, Bob, Karen, Michael, and Mark


Doug Dye posted on 9/5/19

Jason and Family, Our hearts are heavy with you in your loss. In spite of the tremendous hope that scripture's promises in the future give us, we also learn there that grief from a loved one's absence is real. We also learn that comfort from the Savior is promised, and is real. You are in our prayers. Doug Dye and the Employees and Owners of Ken Miller Supply, Inc


Duck & Judy Krantz posted on 9/5/19

Duck and I are saddened by her loss. She had such a zest for life and was so inspirational. I will always picture in my mind her riding on the back of a motorcycle in her younger days with her beautiful hair flying loose in the wind! Fly with no pain now beautiful lady. Duck and Judy Krantz


Melissa Griffith posted on 9/4/19

I can not imagine how Jason and the family feel, but I am here to help in any way I can please call me if you need me. I am so sorry. I am one of Melinda's childhood friends. I will miss her until we meet again.


Karen Cain posted on 9/4/19

I remember last Christmastime, when the trial was going so well, & she felt so good, she was almost giddy. She feels that way again now.


Stephanie Staley McGhee posted on 9/4/19

Praying for you and your family. I love you.


Lori Rusk posted on 9/4/19

Praying for your family. Melinda was a great person with a big heart. I will never forget all the High School memories with her??


Angela posted on 9/4/19

Prayers for your family and friends


Denise Ruggeri posted on 9/4/19

Dear family, my deepest condolences to you all at this time. You are all in my prayers. She was an amazing person. She had faith to move mountains and courage like I have never witnessed before. We had a conversation on tall timbers beach. So inspiring to me. I will continue to pray for your wonderful family. May God be closer than ever. Denise Ruggeri and family


Karen Zajkowski posted on 9/4/19

Melinda's compassion and tireless work on behalf of children was inspiring. She will be greatly missed by those of us who had the privilege of working with her.


Jackie Poole posted on 9/4/19

Thoughts and Prayers to family and friends


Greg Ress posted on 9/4/19

While I did not know Melinda well I could not help myself like so many others pray for her. She was a true inspiration to me watching her fight so hard to beat this disease. I will pray for the kids and entire family through this difficult time. God bless Melinda!


Lorri Sullivan posted on 9/4/19

So sorry for your loss.


Janice and Rick Watts posted on 9/4/19

Sending our thoughts, prayers, love and comfort to all her family and friends.


Heather Fenton posted on 9/4/19

We are neighbors. Prayers for her family and friends! She was a sweet lady! My favorite memory of Melinda was her riding her 4-wheeler down to our house to chase her pet goats. She still had her work clothes on but was determined to get them rounded up. ??


Leigh Ann and Jason Liggett posted on 9/4/19

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family! ?? so sorry for your loss


Kimberly Kinsey posted on 9/4/19

I am so sorry to hear about her passing. She was an amazing woman.


Duane and Jill Schweitzer posted on 9/4/19

Jason and family! Words cannot express our deepest sympathy on the passing Melinda! Cherish your wonderful memories and know that we are praying for all of you ! God Bless! Duane and Jill Schweitzer


Janet Hanlon posted on 9/4/19

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.


Matt, Bindy, JD, Cole, and Macy Lancaster posted on 9/3/19

Yellow Butterfly...the first time she beat cancer!


Matt, Bindy, JD, Cole, and Macy Lancaster posted on 9/3/19

What a fighter!!! Our prayers and thoughts for Jason and the kids. Her pain is gone and she is in a better place. She was an inspiration to so many and her impacts on others will last long after her. The way she dealt with adversity should be a lesson to us all! Guess the time is never right, so it hurts like hell when someone so good and young is called to heaven. We will miss you Missy. Until we meet again. Love, your Cuz


Freda posted on 9/3/19

Our condolences to your family. May God give you peace. Paul and Freda Williams


Mallory Hutchison posted on 9/3/19

Our thoughts n prayers to all of the Caldwell families such a wonderful family to have to go through this very difficult time again. Our love n prayers will be with all of you. God Bless................MALLORY N KEN HUTCHISON N FAMILY


Joanie posted on 9/3/19

I am so sorry for your loss even though we never met. I'm friends with the Wesney Family. ???


Christy Valentine posted on 9/3/19

I worked with Melinda many years ago at Cornerstone.... she was a wonderful person with a kind soul. I'm so very sorry to hear of her passing and send my deepest condolences to the family.


STEPHANIE PARKINSON posted on 9/3/19

Our Hearts are with you all. She was a wonderful person. Prayers to the family.


Jennifer and Mike Rummell posted on 9/3/19

I am sorry for your loss. Beautiful soul Melinda was.


Kathy Baker posted on 9/3/19

I am so at a loss for words right now. I met Melinda through her services a few months ago and she was such a wonderful person. I am so very sorry for the families loss. RIP Melinda You will be missed


William and Terrie Calhoun posted on 9/3/19

Our deepest condolences you you all. We pray the memories you shared together will ease your pain and sadness.


Leslie Martinelli Roney posted on 9/3/19

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your in our thoughts and prayers.


Tara Lehigh posted on 9/3/19

So sorry to hear about her passing. I dealt with her a lot working with attorneys. She was a great person even when sick still helping families. May she rest in peace and no more pain. God bless and prayers. The Lehigh family.


Tiffany metzger posted on 9/3/19

So sorry for everyone's loss she was a great girl we were good friends in high school may God heal your hearts one day at a time. From tiffany metzger


Jennifer chaney posted on 9/3/19

My prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time. I went to school with Melinda. She was always smiling. A beautiful soul gone too soon.


Jon Lykins posted on 9/3/19

I was best friends with your Uncle Dan, who was claimed by cancer way too young. I remember you, Melinda, aka Missy, as a child, then as an adult. You were stunningly beautiful. Your battle with cancer was quite courageous. You were the bravest person I've known. I am happy that you no longer suffer. I am sad for those you left behind. Prayers and peace to those left behind.


John kalman posted on 9/3/19

My deepest sympathy to all friends and family.


Teresa Bolin posted on 9/3/19

Melinda was an amazing woman and so incredibly supportive when we first met. I'll always be grateful for her kindness and willingness to help. I have thought of Melinda a lot in the last couple years and was very blessed to have seen her recently. Heaven gained a very special Angel.


Michele Leslie posted on 9/3/19

My deepest condolences to Melinda’s husband, children, Mom and family. I was so fortunate to meet your beautiful Melinda through Colontown and was able to get to know her through a conference and posts. She was as beautiful outside as in. Her fighting spirit will never be forgotten by her “blue” CRC family.


Karen Greco posted on 9/3/19

So sorry for your loss, she was such an amazing lady.


Melissa H. posted on 9/3/19

Was deeply saddened to hear of Melindas passing! She helped my granddaughter tremendously through visits at her visitation business. She was always excited to see Melinda!! People who walked through her door were not just clients! She helped in any way she could over and above what was required. She cared about the people she came into contact with! I remember when I would take my granddaughter there for visits she was receiving treatment while doing visits. We talked every time I was there about it, as my fiancé was in a similar situation a few years back! I had seen her a couple months ago at Walmart and she seemed to be doing so good! I believe she said she was doing an experimental treatment. No matter how much time had passed if she seen me out she always remembered me and my granddaughter! My prayers are with her family!! She was such an inspiration!! RIP Melinda!!! Heaven gained an amazing Angel!!!


Brooke Piccin posted on 9/3/19

What an amazing woman, who fought till the end! She will be missed. Sending love to her family.


Patti Fearon posted on 9/3/19

We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all. Randy and Patti Fearon


Cooper posted on 9/3/19

I remember when she thought me in kindergarten garten for a day ?


Elizabeth Stephenson posted on 9/3/19

Minda will be missed by many! Her zest for life was inspiring to all. My thoughts are with the family.


Bill and Bonnie Frohnapfel posted on 9/3/19

To the family of Melinda, God needed her to be with him! I will be praying for all of you! she was a wonderful person who kept my sister going, and I'm sure Lori Sutton was waiting at The Gate to welcome her! God be with all of you!


Shannon Karcher posted on 9/3/19

We are so very sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to your family during this difficult time. Bill and Shannon Karcher


Chrissy Lyons posted on 9/3/19

Sending prayers for her family and friends. Take peace knowing that she is healed and in the hands of our Lord.


Sara Lehigh posted on 9/3/19

Sandy and family. So so sorry for your loss. Thoughts, Prayers , Love and hugs always. Sara and Brent Lehigh


Paul and K Mcabier posted on 9/3/19

Melinda was a beautiful person. Our condolences to the entire family.


Mary Keplinger posted on 9/3/19

My prayers go out to your family. She's now in the hands of the Lord. Her valiant struggle has come to an end. May the peace of the Lord be with the family


Dave and Melanie Archer posted on 9/3/19

Dear Sandy and Family, We are very sad to see that Melinda lost her battle...Keeping you and Jason and your Grandchildren in our thoughts and prayers for comfort...May she be at Peace in Heaven..God bless you all...