Dr. Volmar A. Mereschak

March 11, 2019


Dr. Volmar A. Mereschak, age 97, passed away peacefully in the Stewart Health Center at the Cypress of Charlotte on Monday, March 11, 2019. Val, or Gigi as he was lovingly called by his grandchildren, lived a life characterized by devotion to his wife, family, and his legendary medical profession.

Volmar was born on July 22, 1921 in Ansonia, CT. Beloved son of the late Alexander Mereschak and Anne Comcowich.  He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Vera Pilling and Marian Belenardo. Volmar is survived by his wife, Adele Markiw, and his daughters, Dale Hennessey and her husband, Jim, Michelle Maher and her husband, Kevin, Andrea Mains, Carol Harrell and her husband, Hayden, and Karen Azzalina and her husband, Doug. In addition, he is survived by his eight grandchildren, Kelley and Patrick Maher, Hayden (Dooner) and Mark Harrell, Cody and Travis Mains, and Qichen and Douglas Azzalina.

Volmar had a passionate pursuit for knowledge and attained a B.A. in Biology from Brown University, graduating cum laude in 1942, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1945. He completed an internship in surgery and obstetrics and gynecology at Grace-New Haven Community Hospital at Yale University and residencies in Ob/Gyn at Kings County Hospital at Long Island College of Medicine and Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, NY. He proudly served in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy in the South Pacific from May 1946 through May 1948 where he received an Honorable Discharge. Following his time in the Navy, and during his medical training, he met and married Adele, the love of his life and wife of almost 70 years. They resided in Phillipsburg, NJ where they raised their five daughters in a life enriched with family and Ukrainian traditions until moving to Charlotte, NC in 2010.

Dr. Mereschak devoted his life to caring for others and began his career as an Attending Physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology at several hospitals in New Jersey before moving to Phillipsburg where he served as Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Warren Hospital for 34 years. Dr. Mereschak also opened a private practice in Ob/Gyn in Phillipsburg from 1952 through 1990 when he retired. He delivered thousands of babies throughout his lengthy, dedicated career.

Aside from his educational pursuits and numerous professional accomplishments, Volmar was a long-time member of The Rotary Club of Phillipsburg. He had a passion for golf and was an avid collector of steins, coins, and antiques. Volmar thoroughly enjoyed travelling with his wife and family, and never hesitated to drive long distances to spend time with his beloved children and grandchildren. Volmar was a strong patriarch of his family who passed along invaluable life lessons to those who will miss him deeply.

His family would like to thank the staff of the Stewart Health Center for their dedicated care and compassion for Volmar in the last years of his life.

A service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 1:15 PM at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6828 Old Reid Rd. in Charlotte.  The family will receive friends at a reception following the service in the Community Room at the Cypress of Charlotte, 3442 Cypress Club Dr. in Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Luke’s Warren Hospital, 185 Roseberry St., Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 or The Shrine of the Infant of Prague, 5 Hillside Ave. P.O. Box 1202, New Haven, CT 06505.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com

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  • Ruth Gibbs

    Adele, the girls and your families! I am so sorry to hear of. Val's passing! My heartfelt condolences for all of you. My relationship with your family has always brought very fond memories of my years in P'Burg. Sending warm thoughts and prayers.
    Most sincerely,

  • Carol A Hoffman

    Dr, Mereshak delivered both my sons. One in1965 and the other in 1969. He had the most charming, polite personality. Always spoke of his family in the most loving way. He was never intimidating as a physician. I will always rememeber this wondeful man!

  • Kathleen Burke Miers

    Dear Mrs. Mereschak and family- So sorry to hear of the loss of Dr. Mereschak. Your family was an important part of the early years when we arrived in Harmony. He was such an important part of Dad's experience at Warren Hospital, professionally as well as personally. We enjoyed great fun skiing on the hill and swimming at Harkers. He delivered Michael as well my 2 boys before he left the area. He will be fondly remembered by all who had any contact with him. Take care of yourselves. The Burke Family

  • Sarah B Dragotta

    Dearest Mrs. Mereschak and Family - Our deepest sympathy to you and your beautiful family - We enjoyed being your neighbors in Hillcrest. Please know what a special place you have in my heart - Dr. Mereschak delivered me (many years ago!) and he delivered my first child! God bless you with only the Peace that comes from our Faith in God. You and your Family will continue to be in my prayers, with much love, Sarah Bartolotta Dragotta and husband Sam Dragotta

  • dr. frank dagostino

    Recall with fondness Dr. Mereschak-because of his friendly treatment when I first arrived at Warren Hosp. in 1959 and thereafter. My condolences to his family. May he RIP.

  • Nan Bauroth

    I can only imagine how difficult these days are as you have lost your heart of hearts! You were so amazingly faithful to him those last five years spending every day with him at the SHC - I so admired your love and caring. I will miss seeing you when I come there, but know you are surrounded by your wonderful family and those 70 years of memories you can always hold dear.

  • Gemma and Hal Miers

    So sad to learn of the passing of Dr. Mereschak. He was my doctor for many years. He was a kind, compassionate man who cared for his patients. He and his wife raised a beautiful family. I often wondered what had happened to him after he left the area. Dr. Mereschak left big shoes to fill and will be sadly missed I’m sure. Our sympathies to his wife and girls.

  • Patricia ONeil

    Adele, I was so sorry to see that Dr.Mereschak passed away. He was a wonderful Doctor and a wonderful person. We all will never forget him. He delivered most of my 5 children..
    I was so happy to have a great doctor like he was. I am so sorry for you and all the girls. We will pray for him and for his family. Miss all you and your family.

    Love, Pat and Tom O'Neil

  • Jessica Hampton Miller

    My parents (Dr. John and Marian Hampton) knew and respected Dr. Mereschak and wife through their many years on the medical staff and medical auxiliary of Warren Hospital. We looked forward to the Mereschak Christmas card with their five daughters lined up on the staircase in matching dresses.The three Hampton daughters send their sincere condolences.

  • Bruce Jiorle

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Prayers and thoughts with all you girls and your families.