December 10, 1979 ~ August 31, 2021

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Melissa “Meme” Zaug, 41, passed away unexpectedly on August 31, 2021. Melissa is survived by her husband, Eric Zaug, children Ryan and Lily, parents, Eileen and Artie Sainsbury and Tommy Tame, her grandmother Rose, her sisters, Aja Lanzone, Jillian Sainsbury and brother, Joseph Sainsbury and her dog Duke. Melissa was also adored by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and her two nieces, Viviana and Carmela.
Melissa was born on December 10, 1979 in Queens, New York and later relocated to Commack and the Smithtown, New York areas. Melissa was a gymnast as a child and went on to become the captain of the Commack High School Varsity Cheerleading Squad. Melissa studied at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and was a Criminalist for the NYPD.
Melissa loved life, especially being a wife and a mother. She lived her life for her children and was very nurturing to everyone including her siblings. She was an avid cheer mom and spent most of her time driving her children to competitions and a variety of sporting activities and the cub scouts. Melissa was always smiling. She was a bright light who loved everything that sparkled. Melissa had many friends and loved taking excursions to the casino with her girlfriends.
Melissa is loved by many and will always be remembered loving the beach with sunglasses on her head and flip flops on her feet.


Visitation: September 7, 2021 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Visitation: September 7, 2021 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Mass: September 8, 2021 9:45 am

St. Patrick's R C Church Smithtown
280 E Main St

Private- Cremation:

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Melissa A. Zaug 's name.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Melissa’s passing. I just saw her … seems so unreal. I will always remember her bright smile and contagious laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with her beautiful children, husband, family and friends. May she rest in eternal peace

  2. I had the pleasure of knowing Melissa and she was a bright light. My heart goes out to all who loved her as she will leave such a void in your lives. May all the wonderful memories you have or her help guide you through this unbearable pain.

  3. May God grant you the strength and provide your family comfort and much needed peace during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. May she rest in eternal peace

  4. candleMy family extends our condolences to the family. Know that G-D is with you and she is with Him.
    We will miss Melissa especially her Bright Life & Joy that was evident to all who knew her.

  5. candleMay God grant you and your family the strength to overcome this tough time. Prayers for Eric and the kids that you can keep moving forward as Melissa would have wanted.

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