Kathleen (Melling) Melanson

October 18, 1949 - September 7, 2017
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Kathleen “Kathy” (Melling) Melanson, 67, of Ludlow, passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017 surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Daughter to the late Harold and Elaine (Edwards) Melling, Kathy was born in Malden, MA on October 18, 1949.

Kathy was a longtime resident of Ludlow. She also spent many years in Virginia raising her children. She worked most of her career as a hair stylist where she pursued her passion for cosmetology. She also spent her life as a community servant doing as much as she could to positively impact those around her. Kathy was a very active participant in her church while living in Virginia as well a volunteer as a Sunday school teacher for many years. Kathy helped work with her children’s Cub Scout program and had volunteered occasionally with the Girl Scout program as well. She was an avid member with her children’s PTA during their grade school years. Kathy participated as a coach in Malden for girls Street Hockey as well as for Little League Baseball.

Kathy is survived by her loving and adoring husband Kenneth Melanson Sr. of Ludlow where they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June 24, 2017. She is also survived by her two sons Kenneth Melanson Jr. and his partner Jennifer of West Springfield and Keith Melanson and his wife Rachael of Ludlow; a daughter Krystle Melanson and her partner Kristen of Easthampton and her beloved grandchildren Lauren, Anthony, Victoria, Keith Jr. and predeceased by Joseph. She also leaves her siblings Thomas Melling and wife Theresa of Ludlow, Michael Melling of Lynnfield, Phyllis Ka of Long Beach, Judi-Ann Doyle and husband Billy of Lynnfield and Linda Angiolillo of Everett. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Maureen Colameta whom also passed battling cancer. Kathy also leaves her nieces and nephews Erica, Thomas, Robert, Brandon, Brianna, Brittany, Shannon, Christina, Jennifer, Ben, Denise, Paul and Michael

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There will be a Celebration of Life Ceremony held at the Red Rose Pizzeria located at 1060 Main Street Springfield, MA from the hours of 1-3PM on Sunday September 17, 2017

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Donations in Kathy’s memory may be made to the Baystate Regional Cancer Program, D’Amour Center for Cancer Care, 3350 Main St., Springfield MA 01107.


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Born: October 18, 1949
Died: September 7, 2017

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Kathy Maliawco posted on 5/28/18

Very belated and deepest condolences to Kathy's husband, Kenny, and their whole family. She was certainly very special, and I am honored to have known her and very blessed that she was present at my wedding since she was just like a second "big sister" to the Everett man I married. Kathy will be sorely missed by all.


Heather Viv posted on 9/15/17

Kenny My deepest condolences go out to you and your family. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Carmela M. Correale posted on 9/13/17

Kathy was a wonderful kind, caring person who always had a smile on her face. We are so sorry for your family and send our sympathy to all of you. Love, Camie and Richie


Dennis Teague posted on 9/12/17

Condolences to Judi, Mike and Family


Jeremy and Sharon posted on 9/12/17

So sorry for your loss Keith, Rachael, and family.


Bonnie Baer-Green posted on 9/12/17

Dear Kenny, My sincere condolences on the loss of your beautiful mother <3 I will keep you and your family in my heart and prayers. Bonnie


Judy Rigano posted on 9/12/17

Dear Kenny and the melanson family, my deepest condolences on the loss of your mom, I know how much she was loved, she now flies with the angels and will forever be your guardian angel, May she Rest In Peace.


Sandy Morris posted on 9/12/17

My deepest condolences.


Stacey davidson posted on 9/12/17

I always remember how nurturing and kind and funny Mrs. Melanson was to me when playing little league and street hockey. Great memories. RIP..


Russell C. Jacobs Jr posted on 9/12/17

My condolences to her family. I had the pleasure of working with Kathy during the 2010 Census and found her to be a dedicated and committed worked who consistently brought a ray of sunshine to a very gruesome task. Heaven has gained an angel that I had the pleasure of getting to know while she was earthbound. May you rest in peace gracious lady!


Stefanie Ricardi posted on 9/12/17

Thinking of you during this difficult time. Our condolences for your family. From Stefanie, Nate, Cole, and Paxton.