Lita S. "Shirley" Mellen
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AGE: 81 • Milton, NH
Lita S. "Shirley" Mellen, of Milton, NH (formerly of Jackson, NJ) passed away peacefully at her son's home in Milton on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. She was 81 years old. Born in Framingham, MA, she was the daughter of the late Alfred Otenti Sr. and Doris (Baker) Otenti.
Shirley is survived by her sons, Gary Mellen and his partner Jodi Bilodeau (her caregivers) of Milton, NH, Dana Mellen and his wife Patty of Beach Park, IL, and James Mellen and his wife Kathy of Jackson, NJ; and her daughter, April Mellen and her partner Nancy David of Millbury, MA. She is also survived by her sister, Eileen Moulton of Rochester, NH; her brother, Kenneth Otenti of Lebanon, ME; six grandchildren, Jami Bourdeau, Jenna Richard, Jeremy "Michael" Mellen, Devon Pope, Joey Gratacos, and Dustin Mellen, as well as seven great-grandchildren. She also leaves many neices, nephews and friends. She is predeceased by her brothers, Robert, Alfred Jr. and Norman; her sisters, Christine and Lois; her longtime companion, William Bennett; and her former husband and close friend, William Mellen.
Shirley is a graduate of Framingham, MA High School and retired from Elizabethtown Gas Company, Elizabeth, NJ, after a long and successful career. Shirley enjoyed spending time with her family and was an active member in her church in New Jersey. She also enjoyed bird watching, ceramics, reading, rooting New England sports teams and traveling to visit family.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at the Chapel of the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main St., Ashland, MA, followed by burial in Wildwood Cemetery. A calling hour will be held immediately prior to the service.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Aug. 21, 2013