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Melissa Stefalo McAuliffe

January 8, 1971 - May 22, 2021

Melissa “Missy” (Stefalo) McAuliffe, age 50, and a lifelong resident of Scranton, passed away Saturday morning at home after a recent illness. She is survived by her best friend, loving husband of 26 years and sidekick for more than three decades, William (Bill) McAuliffe.
Born on Jan. 8, 1971, and daughter of the late George J. and Anita (Yacone) Stefalo, Melissa was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, class of 1988. She then earned her bachelor’s in photography from Penn State University in 1992 before opening Missy Stefalo’s Photography Studio.
For many years, Missy served as an emergency dispatcher for Weisenfluh and Network ambulance companies, before their closures. She was also a member of the Parker Hill Community Church.
Missy’s talents ranged from her martial arts expertise to her accomplishments as a paintball player. She earned black belts in each Pai Lum Kung Fu, Bok Lein Pai Kempo and Pai Yang Tai Chi. before she and Bill opened the Chinese Academy of Martial Arts in Wilkes-Barre.
After taking interest in paintball and beginning tournament play, she would ultimately earn the captain title for the Sliver Team of the International Iron Maidens Paintball Team.
She adored her family, especially her husband and son. She touched the lives of many throughout her life and although she’s now at peace she’ll forever be remembered by her loved ones.
She is also survived by her son, Shayne McAuliffe, of Scranton; her brother, Christopher Stefalo and wife, Leslie, of Jermyn; nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles; and brothers-in-law, Brian McAuliffe, Sean McAuliffe and Marques Johnson.
Her family wished to thank the entire staffs of both Moses Taylor Hospital, Home Health Care Professionals and Hospice and also Commonwealth Ambulance for the amazing care, compassion and help provided in their time of need.
Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton.
Family and friends may pay their respects Wednesday from 4 p.m. until services.