Melva E. Oesch, age 86 of Alto, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, December 7, 2018. She was preceded in death by her grandsons, Joseph Robert and Freddie. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Joseph Oesch; children, Fredrick (Donna) Oesch, Bonnie (David) Stouffer, Sam (Randi) Oesch, Ken “Peny” (Denise) Oesch, Jeff (Brenda) Oesch, Tom (Michelle) Oesch, Sally (Don) Meyer; brothers, Gary (Jane) Crosby, Jim Crosby; sisters, Donna (Sim) Maier, Polly Vanderstel; 25 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, Thea; special friend, Diane Rieffer; and many nieces and nephews. Melva was proud to be a farm wife. She put a lot of time in as a terminal patient caregiver and owned Oesch soft serve ice cream wagon. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 12, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Apostolic Christian Fellowship Center, 7700 Wingeier Ave. SE, Alto, MI 49302. Funeral services will be Thursday, December 13, 11:00 AM at the Apostolic Christian Church, 7157 Wingeier Ave. SE, Alto, MI 49302. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546; or the Apostolic Christian Church.