This past September the Aquilino-Gottshalk family lost Melanie Lynn Gottshalk, a daughter, sister, niece, cousin, granddaughter and friend, tragically at the age of 24.
Melanie was a 2009 graduate of Collingswood High School and a graduate from PB’s Cosmetology Program. At graduation, she received the award for “Most Individualistic.” She was quite a natural at hair and makeup. She worked at several salons and hoped to own her own business one day. She often talked about going back to school to become a women’s counselor, focusing on battered women, hoping to incorporate her cosmetology skills to help rebuild their self esteem.
Mel was smart, beautiful, giving, caring, loving and non judgmental. A true free spirit, she had a rebel soul and a great sense of humor. She could always be found with those she loved whether family, friends or both…laughing non -stop. Her family and friends meant everything to her. She was funny, kind and artistic. She was very charismatic, had her own sense of style and a wonderful personality. She loved hair, makeup, fashion and she was very creative. She loved tattoos, animals, and music. Melanie was truly unique and original in many ways.
The Aquilino-Gottshalk family hopes to give someone who embodies her qualities and spirit a $3,000 scholarship.
PB Cosmetology Education Centre was founded in 1960 by the husband and wife team of Peg and Bob (PB) Hogan. It flourished as a small school called PB Method of Hair Design, teaching cosmetology and nails for over 25 years. Today, the school is in its third generation under the direction of Peg and Bob’s granddaughter, Colleen Hogan.