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Zis-Sweeney and St. Laurent Funeral Home

26 Kinsley Street, Nashua, NH

OBITUARY

Melissa Elaine Brien

September 9, 1970August 15, 2019
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Melissa Elaine Brien, 48, of Nashua, NH passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer. Melissa was born September 9, 1970 to Karen and Michael Brien in Lowell, MA.

Melissa was a social worker for the State of NH for over 26 years advocating for child safety. She was a certified therapist with Merrimack Valley Counseling and was also employed at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Camp Mariposa.

Besides spending time with her family and friends, Melissa enjoyed fishing, working in her yard, gardening, going to the beach, and a love for dogs.

Survivors include her mother Karen Brien and partner Roland Martel of NH; father and stepmother Michael and Susan Brien of MA; brother Joshua Brien and two sons Caden and Dylan of NH; sister Amanda Brien and son Camdon of NH; and sister Heather Brien of MA. Melissa will be dearly missed by her godmother Paula Baxter of CA, best friend Charles Raskiewicz of NH and many other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday August 22, 2019 from 11am to 3 pm at Zis-Sweeney and St. Laurent Funeral Home 26 Kinsley St, Nashua NH 03063. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Humane Society of Greater Nashua in honor of Melissa Brien.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Thursday, August 22, 2019

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Debra Lastoff

August 26, 2019

I had the great honor of working with Melissa as she became a psychotherapist. A kind and gentle person, Melissa was able to guide her clients to meet their life goals. She treated all with great respect and consideration and helped them understand how important they were to their community. Years later when her former clients return to say hello , they ask about Melissa. . I have been very honored to witness this continuing connection with Melissa with whom they credit their positive connection with others especially family and friends. She is a great loss to our community and I grieve with all who knew Melissa

Paula Baxter

August 25, 2019

Karen she is doing her work up in Heaven but she is always in our hearts. She made everyone happy. I was so honored when she asked me to be her Godmother and again to be her bridesmaid. She held a very deep spot in my heart from the day she was born. I am here to try and comfort you any way I can and only a phone call away. Love you Karen.

Courtney Navarro

August 22, 2019

We were not only neighbors, or co-workers, but friends. I remember walking the pond, sharing laughs, and driving 2 hours up into the boons together. She lived for the children and families that she worked with. Although we hadn’t worked side by side in 5 years, those memories are still fresh. Melissa’s impact on co-workers, friends, family, and the families she cared so deeply for is indescribable. No matter the situation, she had her heals and nails done READY for anything that came her way. She was graceful, full of life, and completely down to earth. <3 I’ll remember you saying, “Hey Court, what’s up...lets walk”!

Kristy Blanco

August 22, 2019

I had the privilege of supervising Melissa for several years at DCF. She was someone who set very high standards for herself and was wholeheartedly dedicated to helping the children and families she worked with. Although it’s been 4 years since I worked directly with Melissa, I can still hear her saying “hey boss!” “whatever you need boss!”; always with a smile on her face. She will be sorely missed and her passing is a tremendous loss to DCF and the community where she positively impacted so many lives.
💗💗Keep smiling Melissa 💗💗

Melissa Vermette

August 19, 2019

It's been several years since I've worked with Melissa but I enjoyed every minute with her. She was amazingly compassionate and so dedicated to helping others. My heart is heavy with grief. Melissa is an amazing person and will be missed by anyone who had the privilege of knowing her.

Mark Tremble

August 18, 2019

I was around Melissa and her family for about 5 years. What struck me then as it does now is how she was a strong,caring woman with great resolve. I witnessed many times how she took care of her mother, sister and brother. If she could help, she would.
Rest in peace , Melissa

Love, Mark Tremble

Jane C

August 18, 2019

I remember working with Melissa in the Nashua office. Sorry to hear of her passing. May she rest in peace.

Katie OMara

August 17, 2019

I worked with Melissa for 3 years at DCYF. She was a pillar in the community and a wonderful coworker. She always encouraged me as a new younger work and was there for help and guidance whenever needed. Most importantly she was a wonderful person and friend. We frequently shared stories on our of love of dogs . I am happy she is finally at peace but she certainly will forever be missed and remain close to our hearts.

Bernadette Melton-Plante

August 17, 2019

I had the pleasure of knowing Melissa in her capacity as social worker for many years. Always focusing on the best interests of the vulnerable children DCYF worked with in New Hampshire. My deepest condolences to the family and all of her Co-workers. RIP Melissa.

Kate McClure

August 17, 2019

Melissa’s commitment to the vulnerable children in her DCYF work was absolute and inspiring. Having worked with her for over ten years her generosity and good humor was a constant. My sincere condolences to her family.

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