Jerome Anthony Merenda

Jerome Anthony Merenda, 61, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Service Information: Funeral service will be held at 3:00PM Sunday, March 10, at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco. Burial will follow in China Spring Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8:00PM Saturday, March 9, at the funeral home.

Jerome was born September 21, 1957 in Waco to Jerry and Katherine (Lassetter) Merenda. He was an ordained deacon at Bosqueville Baptist Church and a current member of the First Baptist Church of Crawford. Jerome worked in SKITTLES at Mars Wrigley Confectionery for many years and was employed with them at the time of his passing. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Karan Merenda; sons, Tanner, Austin and Carson Merenda; sisters, Donna VonStaden and husband, Roger, Diane Schrimsher and husband, Edd and Dorleen Brown and husband, Larry; brother, Ed Merenda and wife, Shelly; and sisters-in-law, Teresa Gilliam and husband Dale and Jamie Wolfe and husband James. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Crawford or the Crawford Little League.

The family would like to thank the staff of Providence Hospital  4 East and ICU for their care of Jerome.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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  1. Stephen Bostick


    My heart goes out to you and the boys. Jerome was an amazing man and we will never forget him. Sending you lots of love

  2. Karan
    You and all of the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you hugs.
    Schelly Abel

  3. Karen, I am so very sorry for your loss. Jerome was one very special man of God. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May your many memories give you comfort. God Bless you and the boys always.

  4. Randy Mathews

    So sorry for your loss. We all LOVED Jerome at Mars. He was an angel amongst us.

  5. You all have my condolences. My prayers are with each and every one of you. May God give you all the strength to get through your time of bereavement.

  6. My thoughts & prayers are with your family ❤️

  7. Chastity Robinson

    Karan and boys….we love you guys and know Jerome is sitting at the right hand of Jesus saving a place for each of you. Our love and prayers during this extremely difficult time.

  8. My condolences and prayers go out to the family who have lost a loving and caring husband and father !!

  9. Randy & Liz Geurin

    So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Jerome for many years. My our Lord grant you peace now, and in the days to come.

  10. Sorry to hear of your loss. Heart felt condolences and prayers to you and your family.

  11. Marilyn and Chuck Rindos

    Ed and Shelly, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. You and yours are in our thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace. God bless you both.

  12. Phil & Regina Albritton


    Our heart were broken when we heard of Jerome’s passing. You and the boys will continue to be in our prayers in the following week and months. Nothing can replace such a fine man as Jerome in your lives, but praying that God gives you and the boys the strength that will be needed to continue on. He was so proud of the boys and love them dearly you could tell.

  13. Herb & Cheryl Merenda

    Karan and Boys,

    We are so heartbroken over the loss of our sweet and loving Jerome. We are thinking of you at this time of sorrow and sadness. May God bless you and give you peace! We love all of you!

  14. My prayers and with you and the rest of the family. Jerome will be truly missed in Skittles. Rest In Peace my friend.

  15. I am so Sorry to learn of Jerome Passing ,Great Guy very caring ,He’s Home Now no worries.I Love The Merenda Family.May God Bless you All.

  16. Cheryl Morgan

    Jerome is counting the many souls of those he led to Christ and influenced in a positive way now! Praise God for his faithfulness. Karan I know your pain and your comfort is knowing in whom we believe. Love Cheryl Morgan

  17. Donna Pilgrim

    Karen I was so sad to hear of the loss of Jerome . He was a great man who loved his Family dearly. He was so proud to be a father to three wonderful young men. And he loved you dearly. May knowing he is with God bring you comfort.

  18. Ginger Hammit

    Karen: Jerome was a special person who influenced a lot of people. He was such a gentle, loving man who loved his Lord, and led many to their salvation thru his faith. Robert so loved him at Bosqueville and I know he welcomed Jerome to heaven. He was so good to us both when Robert got sick and passed and I have never forgotten you both for your love and concern for us at that time! Prayers are for you and your family for comfort and peace during this time of mourning as He will be truly missed but never forgotten.

  19. Karen,
    My heart aches for you and the boys. May God grant you comfort and strength during this most difficult time.
    Jerome was a kind & Godly man who will be dearly missed. Eternal rest grant unto him Lord. Love & Prayers

  20. The Carroll Family

    You and the boys are in our thoughts and prayers. Jerome was a wonderful man that will be missed by so many.
    With sympathy,
    Nick, Tina, Haylee and Will Carroll

  21. Kerry koerner

    Thoughts and prayers are with the merinda family as they reflect on the life of Jerome. My he rest in peace

    Kerry koerner

  22. Janice Palmer (Merenda)

    I’m am so sorry to hear of Jerome’s passing.he was an angel hear on Earth and now a angel in heaven ..he will be missed condolences to all the family ..

  23. Judy&Mickey Williams

    Dear Merenda Family, we were so sorry to hear about Jerome. So many memories of the neighborhood and all you kids playing together. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. The Williams family, Judy, Mickey,Sherry,Mike and David.

  24. Terry, Karen Dawson and family

    Karan and boys:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Though this is a difficult time in your lives right now, rejoice in knowing Jerome was a very special blessing here on this earth. He touched many lives. Our prayers go out to you in the days ahead.

  25. michael merenda

    I have Found memories of Jerome when I was a child, he took me to the races and let me watch them from the pits where he was a race car mechanic. our love thoughts and Prayers are with his Family. Rest in Peace Cousin
    Michael and Alice Merenda

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