Ronald J. Merleno

November 11, 1952 — June 3, 2022

Ronald J. Merleno

Ronald James Merleno, 69, passed away after a long illness surrounded by his loving family on Friday, June 3, 2022, in his home under hospice care. Ron was born on November 11, 1952, to Anthony and Joyce Merleno of Parma, Ohio. Ron had a strong faith in the Lord and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior when a young boy thanks to the spiritual guidance and example of his loving mother. Ron met his beloved wife and soulmate, Kathleen, in midlife after both had been searching for a loving life partner, and they were blessed with 25 very happy years of marriage together. Ron was also gifted with a new family of Kathy's two daughters, Becky and Amanda.

Ron had a kind and loyal heart. He loved his two younger sisters, Toni and Michelle, and when their parents fell ill in their elder years, Ron readily stepped up and quit his job in 2005 to partner with Toni and become full-time caregiver to their parents when Michelle moved to Switzerland after marrying Rinaldo Zuber, until first Joyce and then Tony died in 2012 and 2013. If Ron saw a neighbor needing help-shoveling their walks in winter or walking back a trash can, he simply did it without being asked-he loved to serve others. He enjoyed helping Kathy with their home chores-they were inseparable.

Building model planes and cars was a lifelong hobby of Ron's and he loved model trains as well. He faithfully read his Bible and prayed for his entire family every day.

Ron was gifted with a photographic memory, making his early employment with W.W. Williams and Ohio Machinery with construction machinery parts supply a natural fit after graduating from Parma Normandy High School. Ron left this work and moved on to train and obtain his cosmetology license, finding enjoyment as a beautician. He did this part-time throughout his career, working full-time for Parma City Schools as a bus monitor, and for Brecksville City Schools as custodian. After his parents passed, Ron found work as Dunbar Security's janitor and enjoyed this as his final job before retiring in January 2020.

When Ron fell seriously ill late in 2021, his beloved wife Kathy lovingly and faithfully provided his personal care and when he became permanently bedridden along with the excellent services of ProMedica Heartland Hospice of Independence in February 2022. To Beth, Lakeshia, Marie (Jessica), Dana, Chantelle, Vivian, Sierra, and all the HH staff, we sincerely thank you from our hearts for your dedicated, compassionate care for Ron until his death. You made it possible for Ron's wish to pass peacefully at home and you became caring friends we won't soon forget.

Living to cherish Ron's memory is his dear wife, Kathy Merleno (nee Gabriel), sisters Toni Merleno of Elyria and Michelle Zuber (Rinaldo) of Derendingen, Switzerland, sisters-in-law Anne (the late Randy) Dance of Olmsted Falls, the late Linda Kolokoske (Al), stepdaughters Becky (Michael) Mueller of Leonardtown, Maryland, and Amanda Joyce (Ryan) of North Royalton, and grandchildren, Rachel, Alex (Hannah), Nathan, Katelynn, Emery, and great grandchild Augustus. Special thanks to Becky and Amanda for all their loving care and support to Ron and Kathy during his final months.

Ron did not want a funeral service and a private celebration of life gathering is planned. Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, 7501 Ridge Road, Parma, 44129, is serving his family for Ron's final arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution to honor Ron Merleno to ProMedica Heartland Hospice, 4807 Rockside Road, Suite 110, Independence, Ohio 44131.

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