Thomas Lawrence “Tom” Merena - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Thomas Lawrence “Tom” Merena

September 18, 1955 - September 23, 2023

Thomas Lawrence “Tom” Merena, age 68, of Delaware City, DE, passed away peacefully, at his home on Saturday, September 23, 2023.

Born in Shamokin, PA on September 18, 1955, he was a son of the late John and Anna N. (Stelmach) Merena. Tom was a graduate of Salesianum School and completed one year at the University of Delaware. He then went to work for Penn Central Transportation Company, where he spent 2 years. Tom later began working at Amtrack where he spent 39 years, retiring in 2015 as a supervisor.

Tom married his best friend and love of his life, Penny in 1996. Together they built a lifetime of cherished memories. In his spare time, he enjoyed the outdoors and remodeling houses with Penny. Tom will always be remembered as the “fun uncle” who liked to blow things up.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Pat Merena. He is survived by his wife, Penny Sue (O’Hara) Merena; brothers, John “Jack” Merena (Nancy), Joseph Merena, and Albert Merena (Annemarie); several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dogs, Cocoa and Chaos.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 3 pm on Friday, October 6, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a celebration of life will begin at 3 pm. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or online by clicking here, or to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, 2700 Horizon Drive, Suite 120, King of Prussia, PA 19406 or online by clicking here.


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16 Condolences for Thomas Lawrence “Tom” Merena

  • So sorry for your loss our condolences to your family. RIP Tommy 🎈sincerely ,Tommy Nowland and Donna Rae Moore

  • Sorry for your loss may he RIP

  • Rest in peace Tom. You were a fun loving soul and I always admired you for the love and respect you always demonstrated for your best friend and wife, Penny.

  • So sorry for your loss our sincere condolences.

  • Sorry for the loss of Tom.he was my forman And then supervisor in the electric shop an was a great boss.Good man gone to soon .prayers for Tom and family and friends R.I.P.TOMMY

  • I was friends with Tom at Amtrak . We would have many interesting conversations. He was the “go to” guy for air brake problems . Always there if he could help you . Nothing but great memories. My prayers are with Tom and family .

  • Sorry for you loss Penny!

  • God bless, sorry for your loss.
    Tom was great to work with.

  • My condolences to merena family it was nice meeting you and working with you for years you are going to be truly miss Tom RIP BOSSMAN

  • Tom’s smile and the mischief behind it will remain with me always. Stories from his youth were legend and extraordinary to me, I will miss them. Tom’s hobby and passion for his train display always made Christmas at the Merena house special for adults and children. Most of all his presence at Penny’s side in the kitchen, working on their renovations and traveling speaks volumes about his devotion. I am sad for his loss but expect to feel him present when friends and family gather.

  • Penny, I am so sorry for your loss, my condolences to you all.
    Mike Merena

  • Tom was a good person to be around my Condolences to the family he will be missed God Bless you

  • Tommy was a very good friend and we had many good times together which I will always remember. Rest in Peace my friend.

  • Rest In Peace Tom …. a good friend and coworker.

  • As a child it was always fun to visit our Delaware cousins. It was easy to get along with Tom, we were close in age and always had to deal with older siblings. He was always willing to show my brother and I a good time. He was a kind and giving person. He will be missed my many. I am proud to say he was my cousin and so glad he had such support from his wife Penny and the rest of his family. I know you will find comfort in each other as you remember his remarkable life.
    You all will be in our prayers and thoughts as you find comfort in your memories.

  • I have Fond memories of Tom from the the 7 years we spent together in our class of 6 students at St. Paul’s in Delaware City.
    I remember him as a sweet friend, with a good sense of humor.
    My sympathy to all who are grieving their loss.