McHugh Funeral Home

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Katherine Melvin

February 13, 1939April 19, 2020

Katherine Melvin, 81, of Exeter NH, passed away peacefully Sunday April 19th, 2020. She was born in Keene, New Hampshire on February 13, 1939 to John and Pauline (Theos) Gianitsis. For 19 years Katherine enjoyed working at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Officer’s Club in Kittery, ME. Later she loved waiting tables at Alexander’s Restaurant and Telly’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. Many knew her by “Midge”, a nickname she loved so much it was reflected on her license plate which read “thmidge”. Katherine enjoyed cooking “Greek style” dishes, going to the beach and watching baseball/football. As a longtime resident of Exeter, she loved keeping up with the Blue Hawk Football. She had passion for collecting salt and pepper shakers—too many to count. She especially had a knack for keeping track of her family on Facebook. During her working years, she loved serving repeat customers and seeing them every week. Every year at Greek Easter—she made it a tradition to explain how to cook the lamb correctly and took pride in baking the “best” spanakopita. Lastly, not to forget her love for candy, never a shortage in her house. For the past year while living at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center, she loved having family and her friends, especially: Brenda Beland, Susan Moore, Kelly, Richard & Donna Melim) visit. Katherine is survived by her children Robbie Cowette (Manchester, NH), Linda Melim & Don Russo (Staten Island, NY), Dennis & his wife Lisa (Mont Vernon, NH), David & his wife Kristen (Wilmington, MA).

She was blessed with 10 grandchildren: Andrea Johnson, Lyndy Harrington, Chelsea Perry, Britni Bishop, Rilee Tomson, Megan Robie, Abigail Melvin, Alexis Melvin, Brady Melvin, Liam Melvin and 12 great-grandchildren.

Her brothers and sisters: Anthony & Linda Gianitsis (Manchester, NH), James & Collete Gianitsis (Fort Myers, FL), Debbie Sverkos (Manchester, NH), Maryann & Nickolaos Barous (Concord, NH), John & Sherry Gianitsis (North Port; FL), Andy Gianitsis (El Cajon, CA) and Sophie Roussos (Port Richey, FL) Countless nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins all of whom she was very proud of.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Cynthia Sands and brother Nicholas Gianitsis.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The COPD Foundation at www.copdfoundation.org.

Funeral arrangements will be held by McHugh Funeral Home at a later date.


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Pam Pryor

May 8, 2020

David and Dennis, I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a good friend, and a beautiful person. She always cared about everyone and everything, especially her family. May she rest in peace and memories of her sooth your sorrow now and in the coming years. I’ll never forget our friendly chats and visits.

Bill Ball

April 30, 2020

To the Melvin Family -
Mrs. Melvin was a wonderful person, one who had many friends in many different areas. Personally, I was lucky to have her involved with the Blue Hawk Football Program. She was a terrific supporter and she bled Blue Hawk blue to the end! Truly feel blessed to have known her. My personal best to all of you.
With great respect -
Coach Ball

Karen Freeman Bragg

April 28, 2020

Linda, David and Dennis - I am so saddened to hear this news about your mom's recent passing. I had heard she was in a nursing home about a year ago. I know my mom and her lost contact once she moved there. I have a lot of fond memories growing up and being with your mother and father in Stratham. May she be at rest now and always be on your shoulders. Sending you all hugs and prayers to be able to mourn her death. Stay and be well.

Debra Lesniak

April 25, 2020

My sympathy to the family.

Debbie Field

April 25, 2020

Robbie, I’m so sorry for your loss,I read on your daughters post,she was the best cook,what great memories,I’m truly sorry for the loss of your mother 🙏


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