Melanie Anne Hochstrasser, 57, of Freeport, Ohio, formerly of Neffs and Bellaire, died Friday, January 12, 2018 at OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio after a brave fight against cancer.

She was born September 27, 1960 in Neffs, a daughter of Mildred Ault Kotera and the late Joseph Kotera.

Melanie was a 1978 graduate of Bellaire High School, a dental assistant for Dr. Richard Pettit & Angela Petras, and a Methodist.

Surviving are her husband, Harold Hochstrasser; two children, Brittany (Robert) Castle of Moncks Corner, SC and Clayton (Erin Vlach) Hochstrasser of Worthington, OH; a brother, Joseph “Butch” (Tammy) Kotera of Neffs; sisters, Lucinda (Gary) Henthorne of Neffs, Sharon Kotera of Columbus, OH, and Lynne (Albert) Zanke of Jacobsburg; 2 grandchildren, Grayson Castle and Ori Hochastrasser.

Friends will be received at Toothman Funeral Home in St. Clairsville on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., where services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday with Pastor Larry Helms officiating.

Burial follows in Belmont County Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Clairsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Leiomyosarcoma Direct Research Foundation, at or P.O. Box 52697, Tulsa, OK 74152.