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RUTLAND – Melissa R. (Fintonis) Fairbrother, loving mother, wife, daughter, passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at UMass Memorial Medical Center – Memorial Campus in Worcester.

Born in Natick, the daughter of Robert Fintonis and Marilyn (Regan) Walters. She will be missed dearly by her loving husband of 21 years, Nathan G. Fairbrother; her daughter, Juliet Renee-Lynn Fairbrother of Rutland; her parents, Robert Fintonis and his wife Karen and Marilyn (Regan) Walters and her husband Chuck; her brother, Michael Fintonis; 5 stepsiblings, Amy Sannicandro and her husband, Peter of Framingham, Rebecca Fintonis, Joseph Fintonis, Brian Fintonis and John Walters.

Born in Natick, Melissa graduated from Algonquin High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Becker College.

Early in her career, she worked as a Project Manager for Concord Communications and CA. She focused her skills on marketing at ServiceNow for many years before taking a job these last few months as the Director of Marketing for Freshworks. Melissa was always a dedicated student and employee throughout her life.

She met the love of her life, Nathan Fairbrother, when she was 18 years old. The two shared a life full of happiness and joy together. They would live happily in Hubbardston before moving to Rutland in 2018 where they would raise their daughter, Juliet Renee-Lynn Fairbother, who became the most important part of her life. Juliet was the apple of Melissa’s eye and her greatest accomplishment of all was being her mother.

She enjoyed the presence of all animals and was an advocate for saving them and taking them in. She loved her chickens, rescue dogs, and cats. Melissa was kindhearted and believed in doing good for the world. She supported many charities and sponsored the less fortunate who needed assistance.

Calling hours will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at the Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main Street in Holden.

A celebration of life will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be held at a later date at Rural Cemetery in Rutland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made in her memory may be made to the Worcester Animal Rescue League, 139 Holden St., Worcester, MA 01606.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.