Dennis

May 12, 1928 ~ March 25, 2021

Born in: Bevent, Wisconsin
Resided in: Palos Verdes Estates, California

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Dennis F. Meronek, age 92, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital. He was born May 12, 1928 in Bevent, Wisconsin. He served as Staff Sergeant United States Army, 1950-1952 Germany. Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin in 1957; Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin in 1958. He and his wife Florence moved to California in 1958 and lived his last 58 years in Palos Verdes Estates. He worked for Space Technology Laboratories, Subdivision Director; Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, California 1963-1971; Vice President Technical Director, Logicon Inc., San Pedro California from where he retired in 1995.

Dennis was one of twelve children born to Anton F. Meronek and Katherine (Landowski) Meronek. He was married to Florence Meronek for over 66 years.

His beloved children Bill and wife Carolyn, Jerry and wife Suzanne, Richard, and wife Melva, Kathy Beauchamp and husband Ed (deceased) and David, treasured grandchildren Gregory, Mark, Michelle Meronek, and Elise and Michael Beauchamp, along with countless other friends and family who were blessed to know Dennis.

Dennis and Florence traveled to Israel for a Catholic retreat, visited China and the Forbidden City, went to Coast Rica, Slovenia, and Germany to visit family and friends, saw the Eiffel Tower in Paris and Pope John Paul in Rome. When the children were young, he would take the family on road trips around the US visiting Yosemite, Washington DC, Space Needle in Seattle, Canada, Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. He loved the family trips and continued to plan them every three years: Lake Tahoe, Maine, Costa Rica, Hawaii. Dennis enjoyed playing backgammon and to the end enjoyed his daily 2-3 mile walks.

Friends and family are invited to attend the Viewing and Funeral Mass to be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021: 10:00 am Church Viewing, 11:00 am Mass at Saint Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church located at 1900 South Prospect Avenue, Redondo Beach, California, 90277. Cemetery Casket Placement at 1:00 pm at Green Hills Memorial Park located at 27501 South Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, 90275.

The family requests that flowers be sent to and Memorial donations be given to the Saint Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church located at 1900 South Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach, California, 90277.

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  1. candle 1From Vi & Jan Henderson

    So sad, our dearest and truest friend for over 60 years. So many great memories of wonderful events and outings together with he and Florence. We chatted just a couple months ago over old times and memories at which time he told us of the demise of Jack Woodhull, and he seemed to be getting along pretty good.
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  2. candle 4This is a sad time for many. Uncle Dennis was always a warm, loving person to me, even as a child. I’m glad he’s in heaven now, because I think my dad John has been waiting to give his “big brother” a tour. Best wishes and prayers to the family,
    Renee Tucker (formerly Meronek)

  3. candle 4Fr. Raymond Mallett, OFM Conv.
    Conventual Franciscans
    700 W. Maumee St.
    Angola, IN 46703

    I knew both Dennis and Florence. They were extremely kind and concerned for the poor. They helped our Missions and in recent years, our Franciscan Mission in Vietnam. Their generosity feed the poor, provided medicine for the lepers, cared for orphans and supported the education of young Franciscan Vietnamese Friars and Priests.
    I celebrated Mass in his home and we prayed for both his departed wife and for his health. I was in contact him by phone at least monthly. He was a holy man and he did not allow his eyes and ill health affect his wanting to do good for others.
    May he rest in Peace.

    • Thank you for your kind words Father. I know your counsel and on-going connection with Dad was healing and comforting to him. Kathy Meronek-Beauchamp, for the family

  4. Dear Richard & Melva –
    We have you & your family in our thoughts, ,prayers and in our hearts during this time of sadness and loss of your father.

    While there is no way we can feel your pain, we do feel your loss.
    Peace & Love to you and your family during the sorrowful time.

    Love & friendship always

  5. candle 8I met Dennis and Florence on December 1969, as an exchange student, they opened the home and hearts to a Costa Rican adolescent, through an announcement at the Catholic Church they attended every Sunday. For a young boy like me, arriving to a home with so many kids, and a foreign language was a challenge, but their support and care was fundamental. I was highly impressed of the family organization and love among them all, they made me feel as an another son, since the first minute. I regret not having the opportunity of staying longer with them. The Meroneks, have always been very friendly and our friendship has remained for more than 50 years, there have been many shared moments that show the great appreciation and love among us. Dennis and Florence’s relation of love has been inherited to their siblings, and inspire us as well. We never left behind the opportunity to visit and share with them whenever possible. The Meroneks Family is admirable and Dennis kept his family together. He demonstrated through his life his FAITH and love. A sincere man, very intelligent, and spiritual. Have nice trip to your loved one.

    • Thank you Mario for those beautiful words. Dad is missed by a lot of people. Your family was always in Mom and Dads’ thoughts. Kathy Meronek-Beauchamp, for the family.

  6. candle 8I have so many memories of Dennis and Florence, that I feel, I have met them for ever. They were both very sweet, and I always felt their love for my husband Mario Murillo, and then for me and our family as well. Dennis was a very well organized man, very intelligent, yet very spiritual and kind. I was impressed by the family reunions he planned in every single detail, and was very proud and grateful for the opportunity to help him organize his family reunion in Costa Rica, he even wanted to bring to cars for his family, which I handle renting for them a small bus. We enjoyed very much the Meroneks family reunion in Costa Rica. Some years later we had the opportunity to share the Family Reunion in Slovenia, his determination to find Florence’s family, and the organization of all the details of the trip, what a treat! Being at their 50th Anniversary as surprise guests, made him smile, and of course in his organized mind, wonder where in the world he was going to sit us, but his Children, had already planned it in ahead, so the first thing I told him was, don’t worry Dennis, we already have a sit! We were very happy to have him share our happiness at our daughter Laura’s wedding, he was a good dancer. I will always remember when we went to Quepos Beach, he could not believe the temperature of the water, he was amazed with the waves, and even said it was better than Hawaii. He lost his wedding ring in waves! I will never forget the story of his wedding , killing so many hens for the wedding luncheon, I can’t imagine him doing this! He was always very proud of his brothers and sisters, and of all of his siblings and grandkids. I loved his FAITH!!! Whenever we called him, he was always very sweet, and some how shy when I tell him that we love him and that we send him a big kiss and hug. Dennis you taught us many things, thank you for being part of our life. Now you rest in peace together with your beloved wife and in the presence of God and our Mother Mary. Rest in peace dear Dennis

  7. Thank you Renee. Yes, all the Meronek siblings are together now. Again, thanks for your thoughts and kind words. Kathy Meronek-Beauchamp, for the family.

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