Barbara E. Melita, 79, loving mother and grandmother, of Chittenango, N.Y., formerly of Jeffersonville, N.Y., passed away on March 14, 2013, at LRMC, Lakeland Fla., from cancer, with her children by her side. Barbara was born October 12, 1933, in Johnstown, N.Y., to Walter and Julia Hertik. In 1955, she married the love of her life, Salvatore A. Melita, with whom she shared 37 wonderful years. Barbara and her family moved to Jeffersonville, N.Y., where she worked as an administrative secretary at Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School. She continued her education at Oneonta College in New York, where, while raising her family, she graduated with high honors with a B.S. in biology in 1974. She then taught biology at JYCS, later being employed as registrar at Sullivan County Community College, New York, until her retirement in 1991.