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Melinda Faye Segunda Pritchett

March 8, 1983September 4, 2020
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Melinda Faye Segunda Pritchett, 37, of Jersey City, New Jersey passed away unexpectedly on September 4th, 2020 after complications with childbirth. She was born on March 8, 1983 to Melodia Macapagal Pritchett and Clark Pritchett, in New London, CT. Melinda was very modest about her accomplishments and talents. Her desire to help others drove her into the selfless service of a lifelong healthcare professional. She graduated from The Williams School in 2001 and Texas Christian University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and Spanish minor in 2005. Melinda worked at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland as an active duty registered nurse for the U.S. Army. Initially as a 1st Lieutenant on the orthopedics ward from 2005-2007 and then as a Captain in the intensive care unit from 2008-2009. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2012 earning a Master’s Degree in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner and moved to Tampa to work at a clinic for the underserved community, here is where she met her husband and love of her life Joseph M. Kuziomko. Melinda and Joseph moved to the nation’s capital where she continued her education and earned her second master’s degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2016. Afterwards, she continued her clinical profession at a local family care clinic within Washington, DC.

Melinda joined the U.S. Public Health Service Commission Corps in April of 2018 and was recently promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, as a supervisory nurse practitioner and patient disability compliance manager. She was proud to propose and implement recommendations for improvement based on established national care standards. Additional military recognitions include: Captain, United States Army, Individual Ready Reserve (2009–2013), Public Health Service Unit Commendation (2018), Army Commendation Medal (2007), Army Achievement Medal (2006, 2007), and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal (2005).

Although her life was cut short, she touched many people from all walks of life within her professional career and personal life. Melinda’s smile was infectious and brightened the room, and everyone who has been to one of her soirees knows she throws the best. A caring person we all wanted to be around, who fostered long enduring friendships despite distance and time. She was the perfect best friend. Melinda was a talented dancer starting as a toddler and danced throughout her life. Even as an adult she enjoyed competitive ballroom and salsa dancing with the Fusion Urbana DC Dance Company. She modeled being health and environmentally conscious; she enjoyed long hikes with her husband, claimed farm to table meals as her favorites, and minimized her carbon footprint whenever possible. Fluent in Spanish, she most recently served as volunteer English as a Second Language tutor. Melinda also loved to travel, an adventurous spirit that was beautifully matched in her husband Joseph. She traveled throughout the U.S and the world to over 25 plus countries, including studying abroad in the Philippines, visiting family, working as a traveling nurse, through service and research projects as a Nurse Practitioner in Peru, and even saying “yes” to her soulmate on a beach in Thailand. Melinda and Joseph were a vibrant couple who lived life to its fullest, a passion that Joseph will pass on to their daughter whom Melinda loved deeply. Melinda will forever be looking over Adelina from heaven. The world has lost a truly remarkable and talented person.

Melinda is survived by her husband Joseph Kuziomko and daughter Adelina Joy Maribel Kuziomko of Jersey City, NJ; parents Melodia and Clark Pritchett of Waterford, CT; brother Travis Pritchett of Huntington Beach, CA; parents-in-law Letty and Vince Kuziomko of New Port Richey, FL; brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Leah Kuziomko and niece Violet; close aunts, uncles, and cousins; and many friends who will miss her dearly. She is predeceased by her uncle Dindo Macapagal in April.

A public viewing is scheduled at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Service (181 Ocean Ave, New London, CT 06320) on September, 17, 2020 from 5-7:30 pm. The graveside service will be held at Elm Grove Cemetery in Mystic, CT on September, 18, 2020 at 11:30 am. Please visit https://www.forevermissed.com/mfsp to share a memory or a condolence with the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made from the memorial page. Information on how to attend the service virtually will also be posted.

To donate to Melinda's memorial fund, please visit the following link: https://gf.me/u/yx54jf

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Services

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    Thursday, September 17, 2020

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    Friday, September 18, 2020

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Amy Tsang

September 26, 2020

Melinda was one of my childhood best friends at Cohanzie Elementary School... I remembered my late mom would always tell me to be more like Melinda - she was in TAG, a talented pianist and dancer and straight A student... always cheerful, graceful and intelligent at such a young age. We haven’t kept in touch but I will always remember what a wonderful friend she was to me at that time. My deepest condolences to the Pritchett family and loved ones.

Shannon Proctor

September 20, 2020

Melinda was my daughter's college roommate. She actually attended a family wedding with Leah. I thought so highly of her; she was very conscientious and determined to become a nurse, yet she was fun loving, a pleasure to have around. My heart is broken. From my entire family to yours, our deepest love.

Liz Peyechu Moni

September 19, 2020

Words cannot even begin to convey my disbelieve that Melinda is no longer with us. I only knew her for a very short time, but her warmth and kindness will never be forgotten.
My deepest condolences to her family as they go through this difficult time. She will be deeply missed at our IHSC family.

Lisa Mishima

September 18, 2020

I met Melinda and Kelly when we were 16, at a summer art program at RISD in Rhode Island. We immediately clicked and the three of us were glued to the hip. Who knew we would be life long friends. We've traveled together to Hawaii (twice) and Antigua over the years. Even though we were on opposite coasts, Melinda always made it a point to visit me whenever she was in California. Distance and time never mattered - whenever we connected, it was like old times. I am so grateful for this rare and special friendship we had. Love you and miss you Melinda.

Stephanie Kruk

September 17, 2020

My deepest sympathies and condolences.

Karen Dorse

September 17, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss and I know words can not soothe the pain. I didn't know Melinda personally, but I did know of her within the PHS family. She was a well loved colleague and she will be dearly missed. We are all sending prayers for strength during this time of mourning. Karen

Irena and Tony Budkowski

September 16, 2020

Joseph: How do we express our feelings of great sorrow and elation at the same time? Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Melinda and congratulations on the birth of your daughter Adelina. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Irena and Tony

Marcia Miller

September 16, 2020

Melinda was one of my dance students and Junior Company member at the Dance Extension. She was a wonderful dancer and a beautiful person. I was not surprised at all she has done when I was reading her list of accomplishments. She was always very focused and ready to learn. She was just a wonderful human being. I am so sad to hear of her passing and I send all of her family my heartfelt condolences. There really are no words to express my deep sadness. I’m sure Melinda is a dancing angel watching over her family!!

Stu & Phyllis Dom

September 14, 2020

While we didn't know Melinda that well, we do know how tragic it is to lose a child and loved one so early in life. We offer our sincere condolences to the entire family, and especially Clark and Melodia , for this loss.

Peggy Mathis, CAPT (ret) USPHS

September 13, 2020

My sincere condolences to your family for the loss of such a vibrant woman.

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