MERLIN 'PUNK' FENELON, 85 ROCKFORD - Merlin "Punk" Fenelon, 85, of Rockford died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in his home, surrounded by his family. Born July 2, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Maurice and Dolores (Horsch) Fenelon. Graduate of St. Thomas High School, Class of 1944, and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. Married Therese F. "Terry" Noble on Feb. 19, 1949, in Rockford, she predeceased him in 1996. Punk worked for ComEd, working his way up the ranks from lineman to supervisor and retired in 1989. A member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church, a 3rd degree Knights of Columbus and a member of the Belvidere Moose Club. He loved to travel, golf, dance, roller skate, and was a licensed pilot. His family will always remember him as the "brown bag Santa", having gifts bought in January for the following Christmas. Once gifts were done being handed out, here came grandpa with another load full. He was a wonderful man with a big heart, he will be missed greatly by all. Survivors include his loving companion, Marian Miller of Rockford; children, Mary (Don) Kocher of Sycamore, Patrick (Marji Moth) Fenelon of Machesney Park, Erin (Pat) Crossen of Alabama and Timothy (Erick Knaus) Fenelon of Rockford; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased also by his parents; two brothers; and two sisters. The family wishes to thank Bobby, Marji and Kim for all of their wonderful care and support these last few weeks. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church. Interment in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, 3910 N. Rockton Ave., with rosary recited at 7 p.m. Visitation also from 9 a.m. Saturday to time of prayer at 9:45 at the church in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Bernadette Catholic Church or to the Augustinians Province of St. Thomas of Villanova Mission at augustinian.org. Express online condolences at: www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2012