Gloria E. (Vartzelis)'s Story

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Gloria E. (Vartzelis) Melanson of Beverly, Mass., beloved wife of Noel J. Melanson (deceased) and beloved mother of Douglas Melanson, Leigh Melanson-Adams, Kathleen Faigen and Janis Melanson, died on Monday, April 24, 2017. She was greatly loved by her four children and their spouses, as well as her six grandchildren, Nicole and Ashley Maxner, Philip Melanson, and Katherine, Rebecca and Alex Faigen; two great-grandchildren, Rhys Maxner and Graceland Janard; and numerous nieces and nephews. Gloria was the daughter of loving parents, Louis D. and Catherine D. (Rena Cravatis) Vartzelis (both deceased). She also leaves her brother, Rev. George D. Vartzelis, and her brother, Theodore and his wife, Cynthia (both deceased).

Gloria was born and lived in Beverly, and graduated high school from St. Joseph Académie in Salem, where she met her husband to be, Noel. She worked at New England Telephone & Telegraph before marrying Noel in January 1954. Gloria was a caring and loving wife and mother who was totally devoted to her entire family. She was married to Noel for 52 years, before he passed in 2006. Gloria enjoyed cooking, baking, traveling, fashion, movies, and sports, especially the Red Sox and Patriots. More than anything though, Gloria enjoyed being in the company of her loving family.
A private Funeral Mass was held for Gloria at St. Mary's Star of the Sea in Beverly on Friday, April 28, followed by her interment at St. Mary's Cemetery in Salem. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Feed the Children, P.O. Box 36, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-0036 or at FeedTheChildren.org, a charity which she supported for many years. Arrangements under the direction of the Solimine Funeral Home, Lynn. Guestbook at www.solimine.com.
Published on May 2, 2017
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