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.