Obituary of Melissa Kay Hatfield Oberlander
Melissa Kay Hatfield was born in Columbus, Ohio to Donnie and Evalyn (Smith) Hatfield on August 22, 1970. She passed away unexpectedly on January 7th, 2021 at the age of 50. Melissa was preceded in death by her mother, Evalyn (Skippy); father, Donnie; mother-in-law, Ireta Oberlander; father-in-law, Ellis Oberlander; sister-in-law, Lora Hatfield; and brother-in-law, John Oberlander. She is survived by her loving husband, Gary Oberlander and her stepchildren, Chad Oberlander (Michelle Bartley), Brad Oberlander (Katie Jacobs), Erin Oberlander (Mat & Layla Ellis) and Neil Oberlander (Carley Lambert). She is also survived by her brother, Marshall Hatfield; sister, Alice Wood; and nieces, Kristen Barnett and Ashley Sinden. Melissa attended Hilliard High School and graduated in 1988. She worked at the Marion County Prosecutor's Office and most recently worked as a financial advisor for Prudential Financial. In addition to her day job, Melissa spent countless hours answering the beck and call of four needy stepchildren, which she always did without hesitation and with a smile on her face. Melissa had a passion for the outdoors and being near the water. She and Gary spent the last two years pursuing their dream of building a life close to the water in Southwest Florida. They spent their free time out on their boat fishing or by their pool. Melissa also loved to spend time with friends and family, whether that be out on the boat fishing, jet skiing or a wine/margarita night at home. Melissa loved animals, especially her dogs. We know Casey, Jade, Emma, Shay, Dollar and Callie are welcoming her to heaven. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu, of flowers the family requests donations to your local Humane Society.