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Carl David Merenda of Weirton, WV, a retired Major in the United States Air Force, passed away on December 8, 2021. He was 73. Carl was born in Weirton, WV, on September 20, 1948, one of eight children born to Frank and Mary (Radeski) Merenda. He graduated from Weirton Madonna High School and attended West Liberty State College, where he met his future wife, Donna DeMayo. On February 13, 1971, Carl and Donna were married. In their fifty years of marriage, they were blessed with three children and eight grandchildren. With Carl’s 22 years of service as a USAF pilot, there were many moves and deployments stateside and overseas. Oftentimes, his family was not permitted to know where he had been assigned but were proud of his ability to fly a multitude of aircraft including fighter jets, bombers and helicopters. Sadly, he is preceded in death by Donna. Carl was a member of Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Weirton. In addition to his parents and his wife, Carl was preceded in death by his sisters, Joanne Merenda, Rosemarie Colantonio, Frances Risk, and Regina Brun. He will be remembered with love by his two daughters, Nicolette (husband James Mehaffey) and Kristina (husband Michael Redwood), and his son, Carl Frank Merenda (fiancé, Jaedra Luke) and eight grandchildren, Jamie, Connor, Sophie, Nico, Ava, Gia, Kalen, and Rocco.; his brother, Frank Merenda; and his sisters, Dolores Frisco and Eleanora Kopa (Steve). Carl will be laid to rest in St. Paul's cemetery. Per Carl's wishes, there will be no viewing and laid to rest at a date to be determined. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 200 Preston Ave. Weirton, WV. 26062. Share tributes at

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  1. To Carl’s family, we are deeply saddened to hear of his passing; Carl was always a pleasant guy, in his quiet mannerism. Knowing Carl & Donna for many years, we have many wonderful memories. May he Rest in Peace. Sincerely, Mike & Marlene Runkel

  2. Dear Nicolette, Cristina, and little Karl and families, We are so sorry for your losses this year. Just got a card from Carl couple of months ago. They were so much fun and there are so many good memories from jet bathrooms to New York “ladies.” They loved you kids. We will miss them and their humor. May you have peace and comfort knowing they are together again. Love, Andi and Joe Paolo

  3. Dear Nicolette and Merenda family, We are so very sorry for your loss. May your parents rest in peace, and may your cherished memories console you. With deep sympathy, Domenico & Gina Di Bacco & family

  4. Dear Nicolette, Kristina, Carl : Our hearts go out to you and the entire family. Carl was such a good friend thru the years. We will cherished our memories with Carl and your Mom we had throughout the years. May God Bless.

  5. May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Carl David Merenda, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Air Force Veteran, Carl David Merenda, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

  6. In loving memory of our sweet Aunt and Uncle. You will ever be in our hearts. May their memory be eternal.

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