Helen M. Merendino

June 6, 1918 - Oct. 2, 2009

Helen Marie Merendino, of Pewaukee, formerly of Waukesha, died on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at River Hills West Health Care Center in Pewaukee at age 91. She was born on June 6, 1918, in Chicago, the daughter of Frank and May (nee Burgess) Gentry.

On June 12, 1938, she married Daniel Merendino in Chicago. He preceded her in death on Jan. 16, 1997.

Helen was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church since 1980, where she was active in various activities and enjoyed baking for the bake sales. She was a volunteer at Avalon Manor and loved babies and baby-sitting. She would always find someone in need of a baby sitter.

Helen will be dearly missed by her daughter, Dian (Richard) Radebaugh of Muskego; her grandchildren, James (Crystal) Radebaugh of Waukesha and Danielle Ruesch of Whitefish Bay; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Zachary; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Daniel, she was preceded in death by her son, James, in 1975, and her sisters, Maisie, Viola, Evelyn and Irene.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, with a vigil service at 6 p.m. at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Services continue at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, with prayers at the funeral home followed by a procession to St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2400 W. Highway 59, Waukesha, for the 10 a.m. funeral Mass. The Rev. James Loehr will preside. Graveside services will immediately follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to for directions or to leave an online tribute.