Ruth V. (Valis) Melia

Born: Sat., Feb. 19, 1927
Died: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018


9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Fri., Aug. 31, 2018
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Fri., Aug. 31, 2018
Location: St. Patricks C hurch

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Whitinsville- Ruth V. (Valis) Melia, 91, passed away on Wed. Aug. 29, 2018 at Milford Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She had been a resident of St. Camillus Nursing Home for the past 3 years. She was predeceased by her husband, and former Northbridge Police Chief Thomas J. Melia Jr. in 1998.
        She is survived by 4 sons, also former Northbridge Police Chief, Thomas Melia III and his wife Joanne of Whitinsville, retired Mass State Police Detective, Lieutenant, Robert Melia and his wife Deborah of Sandwich, retired manager of Connecticut Dept. of Motor Vehicles, John Melia and his wife Susan of Wallingford, CT, and Barnstable, MA Police Dept., Detective James Melia and his wife Maryjane of Sandwich; 6 grandchildren; 9 great children, as well as several nieces and nephews.
        Born in Whitinsville on February 19, 1927 she was the daughter of Anthony and Helen (Greene) Valis and was a lifelong resident of the town. She worked for the former Whitin Machine Works, and as a clerk for the former Flaggs pharmacy for many years. A woman of great faith, Ruth  was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, who more than anything enjoyed spending time with her family. Her family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Camillus for their outstanding care provided to Ruth.
        Her funeral Mass will be held on Fri. Aug. 31 in St. Patrick’s Church, 1 Cross St., Whitinsville at 11am. Calling hours at Jackman Funeral Home, 12 Spring St., Whitinsville will be held on Fri. Aug 31 prior to Mass from 9:00-10:30am. In lieu of flowers, donation’s in Ruth’s memory may be made to St. Camillus Health Care Center, 447 Hill St., Whitinsville. To leave a condolence message for the family please visit:

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Darlene Wahlstrom
   Posted Thu August 30, 2018
My heartfelt condolences to all of the family. Blessings to you all during this difficult time

Cindy Bokoski
   Posted Fri August 31, 2018
Dear Bobbie, Jackie, Tom & Jimmy & Family,
Sorry for the loss of your mother. I have so many good memories of growing up with you at Plummer Park. She is at peace & with God.
Love, Cindy Bokoski

Lou Barry
   Posted Fri August 31, 2018
Bob and Family:
My sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. I'm sure she must have been very proud of her boys and all they accomplished.May she rest in peace.

Donna Zande
   Posted Fri August 31, 2018
My deepest sympathies to the Melia family

Kathy and George McCarthy
   Posted Mon September 03, 2018
Dear Tom, Joanne and family,
Our sincere condolences to you all. Your mother was a remarkable person. May your many wonderful memories bring you comfort.

Kathy and George

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