EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 16, 2014

Francisco Melendez, 71


DRACUT, MA — On Thursday, March 13, 2014, God called home his loyal and faithful servant, Francisco Melendez. He passed peacefully at Lowell General Hospital’s Saints Campus, surrounded by his loving family.

Frank, or Paquito, as he was fondly referred to, was born in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, on November 12, 1942, to Maria Morales and Jose Melendez.

Frank met and married his wife, Ramona (Santos), while working as a school counselor in New Jersey.

In 1972, he was ordained as a Nazarene minister, and followed his calling to Lowell, where he served as Pastor of the Spanish Church of the Nazarene on First Street until 1983.

During his ministry, Frank received his master's degree in social work from New Hampshire College, which led him to focus on a career with the Department for Children and Families (DSS) in Lowell, that started in 1984, until he retired as a family resource supervisor from the Lawrence DCF office in 2010. During his years in the department, he touched the lives of countless children and families.

The very core of Frank as a person was embodied in his marriage to his wife, Ramona. As best friends and each others greatest supporters, they were truly soul mates. Their life together was a testament to the unwavering faith, dedication and commitment that each had for the other. It is this legacy of love that his family will treasure most of all.

In addition to his wife, Ramona, of 43 years, he is survived by his three children and four grandchildren, daughter, Kristy Meuse of Lowell; son, Jarred Melendez of Dracut; and daughter, Ariana Melendez of Groton; granddaughters, Gabriella, Olivia and Isabella Meuse; and grandson, Travis Francisco Knight; son-in-law, Gary Meuse of Hudson, N.H.; sisters-in-law, Maria Sparks and her husband, John, of Rockwall, Texas, Migdalia Cardona of Nashua, N.H., Yolanda Rodriguez of Lowell, Jacqueline Ojeda and her husband, Angel, of Orlando, Fla., Yvette Nina and her husband, Alex, of Lowell, and Marilyn Santos of Lowell; brother-in-law, Juan Santos and his wife, Wanda, of Lawrence; and also several beloved nieces and nephews.

He also leaves behind several family members in Puerto Rico.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends may call at the Fay McCabe Funeral Home, 105 Moore St., Lowell, on Tuesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Mr. Melendez’s funeral will begin on Wednesday morning, at 8 a.m., from the funeral home, followed by his funeral service at 10 a.m., at Christ Church United, 10 Arlington St., at the corner of Bridge St., Dracut. Burial will follow in the Lowell Cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy, donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation of Massachusetts, 29 Crafts St., Suite 450, Newton, MA 02458, or at www.arthritis.org/massachusetts/donate

Arrangements by the Fay McCabe Funeral Directors, 978-459-9222. www.faymccabe.com.