Charlotte “Lottie” Meronk (9/11/1930 – 5/4/2020), loving daughter to the late Steven and Mary Strawa, predeceased by husband, Saverio “Cookie” Venetucci; grandson, Christian Venetucci; husband, Charles “Chuck” Meronk; sister and brother-in-law, Theresa and Robert Skaja. She is survived by her children, James (Linda) Venetucci, Robert (Laurie) Venetucci, Donna Bogosh; step-daughter, Linda (Randy) Herhold; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
Loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. Known as Lottie, Charlotte, ma, CV, grandma, aunt Lottie, gramma Chuckie, none of which are her real name. She was devoted to her family and friends; always caring, always giving, always cooking her famous meatballs, gravy, and lasagna for every party and celebration. She graduated from Old St. Pat’s in Chicago. After raising a family, she returned to school, earned her nursing degree and worked at Elmhurst hospital, later finishing her career as an industrial nurse. Charlotte loved to travel around the country and abroad. Her favorite memories included time spent at the cottage in Michigan, and, several trips to Italy, particularly Rome and the Amalfi coast. She was a faithful parishioner and volunteer of St. Mary’s in McHenry. Charlotte made life-long friends wherever she lived and was loved by all. She was her own person yet completely selfless. She loved butterflies and balloons, choosing to rise above, landing as needed, if only to remind us to see the beauty, before floating off again. A kind and gentle spirit who is greatly missed.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests sending memorial contributions to organizations supporting nurses and first responders. All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-8122 for more information.