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Kathleen Mary Melehann Higgins
Viewing: Monday and Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm
Service: Wedsnesday 10:30 am May 4, 2016
Location: Holy Trinity Catholic Church

Kathy was born in Teaneck, NJ to Francis Robert Melehan and Patricia Ann Finn.  She was the first of nine little Melehans and played no small part in helping her mother care for the last six. The family lived for a short while in a real log cabin in upstate state NY and then eventually moved to Saddle River, NJ. There she met and married Peter Higgins, also of Saddle River. After dating for almost 5 years, they were married on 6 June 1970. Kathy graduated from School of the Holy Child in Suffern, NY and Dunbarton College, in Washington, DC, where she earned a degree in Political Science. Kathy and Peter have lived in Washington, DC since 1972 when they moved there from McLean, Virginia.

From 1971 until 1995 Kathy worked for various consulting firms where she demonstrated her flexibility and writing skills. For the past 20 years Kathy and Peter ran an international consulting practice specializing in biometric and forensic science procurement support services in support of governments. This consultancy saw Kathy work in 14 US States, Canada for the RCMP and Transport Canada, for various US Federal agencies including support to the development and testing of biometric / forensic systems installed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They have one son, Kelton Charles (KC) Higgins, who also lives in Washington, DC. While born and raised in Washington, DC, Kelton has lived in New Zealand, Nepal, India, Kenya, Costa Rica, and on Maui. KC�s ex-wife, Elizabeth Lakshmi Kanter, remained a close friend of Kathy�s.

Today Kathy�s four sisters and four brothers are spread across the United States and at Kathy�s urging had a family reunion in Washington, DC in June of 2012 and have another reunion scheduled in rural Utah for this summer - 2016. In 2013 Kathy invited a niece and three nephews, all in the 11 to 14-age range, to come to DC for a week and stay with us. We all treasure the memories of that family time together.

Kathy�s siblings:

Ann Melehan Kwock and her spouse, Duffy Kwock, live in Hawaii with their three daughters: Alicia, Alorah, and Meredith.

Robert Melehan lives in Florida and has two grown sons, Robert and Nathan; Robert and his wife, Rocio, and Nathan all live in Florida.

Michael Melehan lives in Florida and has two sons. Trever, in High School in Florida lives with his mother, Mary Mulhern, one of Kathy�s close friends. Sean and his wife Courtney, live in North Carolina with their children Alexander Lee (Alex) and Lilly.

The Twins:

o   Frank Melehan lives in Colorado with his wife, Carol, and their children Tara, Patrick, and Kyle.

o   Patricia Melehan Hurley lives in Georgia.

Elizabeth Melehan, Esq. lives in Hawaii and Bali, Indonesia.

Kerry Melehan Hoffman and her spouse, Johannes Hoffman, live in Maryland. Kerry�s son, Jonathan Melehan, lives in New Jersey and Texas with his wife, Christine Kurtz and their two daughters, Kennedy and Reagan.

Thomas Melehan lives on Cape Cod with his son, Peter Ryan (Ryan), and daughter, Katherine Rose (Rosie). They spend time with their mother, Katherine (Kat) Baynes, also of Cape Cod and a friend of Kathy�s from their Saddle River days.


Kathy fought cancer for over 4 years and the family owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Ruth He, of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital, and to her dedicated staff, who helped Kathy enjoy several extra years of life. In addition we appreciate the wonderful support of a team of health aids (Liberty Walton, Joy Somintac, Avie Sy, Rosanna & Yolly Delos Reyes, and Mickey Idos) who labored 24 X 7 for the last weeks of Kathy�s life in concert with the wonderful Hospice Team lead by Mary Reichhardt, RN, CHPN. Together they made Kathy�s final time comfortable and permitted her to die at home with dignity.

Kathy had a favorite charity, Don Bosco Christo Rey (DBCR) High School in Takoma Park, MD. She helped raise funds for DBCR even before it opened its doors. In lieu of flowers we know she would appreciate a donation to DBCR no matter how small. Their web site is at: Kathy and Peter started encouraging people to give to DBCR several years ago in the name of �Friends of Mary Jenkins�; Mary is a former teacher at DBCR with whom Peter helped teach chemistry for two years. Mary is now a medical student at Georgetown University and visited with Kathy during Kathy�s many trips to the hospital. 

Viewing at the DeVol Funeral Home:

Monday (2 May) and Tuesday (3 May) evenings from 5 PM to 8 PM

2222 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC

DeVol�s has three steps up from the sidewalk and then about 6 more steps up to the main floor. I have not yet checked on handicap access to bathroom facilities.

Free Valet Parking at the door.

Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church

Wednesday (4 May) at 10:30 AM

36th Street, N.W. between N and O Streets (a block east of the Georgetown University�s main entrance on 37th Street), Washington, DC 20007. Handicapped parking is located on the corners of 36th and �O� Streets, NW but might not be available as the whole side of the street is closed to parking on school days. Use the ramp that starts at that O Street end of the 36th Street block and follow the church�s sidewalk to access the Church building. The handicap ramp, I believe leads to a door up by the side alter [i.e., right up front] so be a little early, if you can; otherwise enter with head held high. 

Starting at 10 AM on Wednesday the 1789 Restaurant / F Scott�s will provide free valet parking for Mass and the Reception. You can use this service even if you do not plan to come to the reception. There will be a Valet Parking sign on the West Side of 36th Street at 1232. It will say in Large Red Letters Complimentary Valet Parking. This is less than a block from the church.

Reception after the Funeral Mass:

Immediately following the Funeral Mass (approximately 11:30 AM) there will be a reception for family and friends at F. Scott�s Restaurant at 1232 36 St N.W. � the very next block from the Church � a short, easy walk.

F. Scott�s has a flat entrance for ease of wheel chair movement but the restrooms are only accessible down some steps.

Starting at 10 AM on Wednesday the 1789 Restaurant / F Scott�s will provide free valet parking for Mass and the Reception. You can park there even if you do not plan to come to the reception. There will be a Valet Parking sign on the West Side of 36th Street at 1232. It will say in Large Red Letters Complimentary Valet Parking.


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