Charles John Merenda
Charles John Merenda
  • June 27, 1944 - June 27, 2017
  • Modesto, California

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Charles John "Chuck" Merenda III June 27, 1944 - June 27, 2017 Charles John "Chuck" Merenda III passed away on June 27th, 2017 in Modesto, CA at the age of 73. Chuck was a long time resident of Modesto and attended Burbank Elementary School, James Marshall Elementary School, Mark Twain Junior High School, Modesto High School, Modesto Junior College, and later attended the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. Chuck retired from banking after over 40 years of service to numerous communities throughout the Central Valley. Over the years, Chuck was involved in many community organizations including the Lions Club in Madera, Modesto Sunrise Rotary, the Silver Panthers, and Ducks Unlimited. Chuck loved the game of baseball. He played as a child, all through high school, and even on an adult softball team until approximately 2000. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, fishing, and duck hunting. He enjoyed taking fishing trips to Alaska with his sons, brother "Catfish", and his mentor Al. Chuck also enjoyed constructing duck blinds and preparing for duck season with his hunting partner of over 20 years, Bob Stewart. Together, Bob and Chuck shared countless adventures and many hours of joy doing what they loved. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles John Merenda II and Alma Josephine Lewis, as well as by his mentor and dear friend Alfred J. Pelucca, who he always considered to be like a father. Chuck is survived by his partner and loving wife of 55 years, Cheri Ashby-Merenda, their children, Charles Merenda IV, Steve Merenda and Chris Merenda-Axtell, and six grandchildren. Chuck is also survived by his siblings, Jack Merenda, Richard "Catfish" Merenda, Joan Sanford and his step-siblings, Ann Marie Hulse, Shirley Sullivan, Pat Merenda, Raymond Merenda, and Jerry Merenda. Chuck was blessed with many great friends & a loving family who will all miss him dearly. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of life hosted at the Merenda Home on July 7th, 2017 at 11:00am. Lunch to follow immediately after service.