In Loving Memory of Ronald Jay Mengel

Ronald Jay Mengel

Ronald Jay Mengel

Jefferson Township, PA March 23, 1938 ~ June 10, 2019 Date of Service: June 19, 2019

Ronald Jay Mengel, 81, Jefferson Township, passed into the arms of Our Lord on Monday June 10th at Geisinger/CMC.  He celebrated 62 years of marriage to his high school sweetheart, MaryAnn Skrapits. 

Born in Tatamy, PA he was the son of the late Lawrence and Leovella Hager Mengel. He graduated from Nazareth Area High School in 1956, where he played basketball and baseball.

He and his wife started their journey in Nazareth, PA. Due to his fascination with firetrucks and the fire service, he accepted a job to work for American La France in Elmira, NY where he also helped form a volunteer fire department in West Elmira, ultimately becoming fire chief.  American La France closed the Elmira location and moved it to the Dunmore area, thus relocating to Jefferson Township, which brought him and his family closer to their hometown of Nazareth. 

Ron was a warm and caring man. He thought nothing of walking up to a stranger, befriending him, only to find out that they both knew the same person or place they visited. MaryAnn called him the lawnboy as he mowed at least 5 lawns of their neighbors, thus affectionately earning him the unofficial title of mayor of their close-knit neighborhood.

He was an avid golfer and follower of the Dunmore High School Lady Bucks basketball team. He also attended 60 years of the Indy 500 race, which he loved watching. Ron was a member of SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish in Dunmore, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. 

Ron is survived by daughters, Donna McGarrell (Edmund), Nineveh, IN and Michele Dolecek (Eric), Hamlin; 7 grandchildren; 5 greatgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald J. Jr. and a newborn infant, Lawrence Karl.

The funeral will be held Wednesday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Smith Street in Dunmore.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the family plot in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Elmira, NY. 

Friends may call Tuesday 5-7PM in the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ron’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Instead of the traditional black attire, he wanted mourners to wear bright colors. 

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Bob & MaryLou Brundage
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Deepest Sympathy
Reply #7 on : Wed June 19, 2019, 17:41:29
MaryAnn and family,
We are deeply sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. We all have such fond memories of him. He was a great man who will be dearly missed. You are all in our prayers.
Bob and MaryLou Brundage and family
Geralyn Swinick
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Ron Mengel
Reply #6 on : Mon June 17, 2019, 12:15:40
My husband Tom and I met Ron at church. We always sat near him at church. We also saw him at DHS basketballs games. He knew our daughter, Sarah, as a cheerleader. He was so kind and to all our family. Our deepest sympathy to your entire family- recall all the fun, happy memories.

Geralyn and Tom Swinick
Colleen and Lenny Mourhess
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Ron Mengel
Reply #5 on : Sun June 16, 2019, 09:55:19
I’m so thankful to have known Ron Mengel My brother sure married into a beautiful wonderful family We went on trips, vacations, Indy races and golf trips. Wine tours as a family together we’re so much fun! I’m so glad he got to sit on our back porch and have some beers with Lenny and I Ron would travel all ends of the earth to help someone He had a heart of gold He will be missed greatly! Thanks for the memories!

Love,
Colleen and Lenny

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Richard King
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Memories of a fellow Tatamy-ite!
Reply #4 on : Fri June 14, 2019, 14:55:03
MaryAnn
So sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Upon reading his obituary, it brought back many memories of great times with Ron and his brother Blaine (and others) in and around Tatamy, PA
My condolences to family and friends.
Arlen Spohn
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Re: In Loving Memory of Ronald Jay Mengel
Reply #3 on : Fri June 14, 2019, 14:19:58
So sorry for your loss.
Ariel
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Re: In Loving Memory of Ronald Jay Mengel
Reply #2 on : Thu June 13, 2019, 21:32:36
You are going to be missed so much. But I know you’re at peace and watching over the family. We love you Pop!
Bob and Carole Vanderhyde
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Ron Mengel
Reply #1 on : Thu June 13, 2019, 16:57:25
A more kind and loving man we find too seldom in life. He served his purpose well. We extend love and condolences to his entire family. We were proud to know him and will miss him!