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Pacheco, Melvina A.

Melvina Ann (Burke) Pacheco, a longtime resident of Dedham, died Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at her home in Dedham with her family by her side.  She was 79.  Mel was born October 10, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, the only child of Thomas James and Melvina M. (Cote) Burke.  She earned her nursing degree from the Beth Israel School of Nursing and spent 35 years of her 57 year career as a registered nurse in the emergency room at the Beth Israel Hospital where she treated everyone who crossed her path with kindness, compassion, and her legendary nursing skills.  Mel was the wife of the late James C. Pacheco and is survived by her daughter, Karen A. Driscoll, and her husband W. Scott Cluett III, of Roslindale; her son, Kenneth T. Driscoll, and his wife Cindy, of Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, Canada; and her three grandchildren, Aidan, Kyle, and Abigail Driscoll.  Rather than a funeral service, Mel requested several parties in her honor.  Get together and go have some fun!  In lieu of flowers please consider hitting the open road, sharing a cup of tea and a yarn with a good friend, or performing a random act of kindness for your neighbor to remember and celebrate her and the life she shared with us.  Interment will be in Brookdale Cemetery, Dedham. 

Guestbook Entries

  1. Barbara Jarvis
    October 17th, 2021 | 12:15 pm

    My heart breaks for you all. May all the happy times and love you shared help ease your pain . Rest In Peace Mel

  2. Diane Cassidy
    October 18th, 2021 | 8:44 am

    Sending my love and prayers to Karen and Kenny and all your families. Mel May you rest in the sweetest of peace. You were such a beautiful and treasured friend that came into my life. Never forget all our memories and laughs from our “girls get always” to New Hampshire and day trips. You will truly be missed my friend.

  3. Anne Francis
    October 19th, 2021 | 5:27 pm

    Will always be my favorite neighbor. Karen, Kenny and Scott are great too. Rest In Peace.

  4. Karen Wiberg
    November 1st, 2021 | 1:47 pm

    God Bless you, Mel. To Mel’s son and daughter: she was an icon and surrogate mom/sister to all of us working with her in the ER. I am a better nurse and person because of her. She was and remains a blessing in our lives. I am certain her old ER buddies are all going to raise a glass. God speed on your journey to your heavenly home, Mel, and thanks for everything.

  5. Yole Morocco and Kevin foley
    November 14th, 2021 | 2:18 pm

    We both worked with Mel in the e.r. at bidmc. She was an amazing nurse who had the respect of all of us. She was smart,caring and compassionate to us and all her patients along with a great sense of humor. I remember she received a citation from Boston EMS for her amazing abilities. And she was so proud of Karen and Kenny and had so much fun with Jim. I think of her with a smile and sadness at the same time. What a life well lived. We love you Mel. Yole and Kevin foley

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