Adele Markiw Mereschak

September 21, 2019

Adele Mereschak, age 93, passed away peacefully in the Stewart Health Center at the Cypress of Charlotte on Saturday, September 21, 2019, just months after her husband’s passing.  Del, or Boonie as she was affectionately called by her grandchildren, lived a life devoted to her husband, family, faith, and volunteer service.

Adele was born on June 2, 1926 in Irvington, NJ, beloved daughter of the late Michael and Sophia Markiw.  She was predeceased by her husband, Volmar Mereschak. Adele is survived by her 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. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Kelley and Patrick Maher, Hayden (Dooner) and Mark Harrell, Cody and Travis Mains, and Qichen and Douglas Azzalina.

Adele attained a B.S. from the College of New Jersey in June 1948. After graduating, she taught physical education at Mt. Hebron Jr. High School in Upper Montclair, NJ.  Adele met and married Dr. Volmar Mereschak (Val) on May 21, 1949. Val was the love of her life and soulmate for almost 70 years. They resided in Phillipsburg, NJ where they raised their five daughters until moving to Charlotte, NC in 2010. Del’s greatest joy in life was her family. She felt so fortunate to have been blessed with her five daughters and eight grandchildren. 

In spite of her busy life in raising five children, Adele was passionate about giving back to others through her dedicated volunteer work. While her children were attending the local Phillipsburg schools, Del became very active in the Parent Teachers Association, serving as President of the Elementary School P.T.A. and receiving an Honorary Life Membership to the New Jersey Congress of Parents and Teachers. The local hospital was so much a part of not only her husband’s life and the community’s, but also Del’s. She served as President of the Warren Hospital Medical Auxiliary and President of the Warren County Medical Society, as well as Chairman of the Warren Hospital Gift Shop for over 15 years. Later, she and Val were committed to making frequent road trips to spend time with their daughters and grandchildren to celebrate as many of their special occasions as they could.

Music was also a significant part of Del’s life.  She had a love for music and was blessed with a beautiful voice.  Adele had the honor of being named the winner of the “Miss Thrush Contest of New Jersey”.  She continued her love for singing by being in the choir at the Cypress in North Carolina, participating in many shows for the other Cypress members, especially around the holidays.

Adele prided herself in preserving family and Ukranian traditions, serving as a treasured link between the past and the present.  She was notorious for her tremendous baked goods and for hosting friends and family. Adele Mereschak left her mark on this world in countless unselfish ways.  Her legacy, the family bond she created through her never wavering love and support, will remain forever strong in her five daughters and eight grandchildren who will miss her deeply.

Her family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the staff of the Stewart Health Center for their devoted care and compassion for Adele in the last months of her life.

A private family service will be held to honor and celebrate her life. 

Memorials may be made in her name to St. Luke’s Warren Hospital, 185 Roseberry St, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004, online at   

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



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  • Burke Family

    Dear Dale, Michelle, Andrea, Carol and Karen,
    We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you all. Our families shared so many times together growing up, skiing at our house, skating, swim team at Harkers. Your mom was the best. Sending our love and hugs, Jim, Kathy, Dana, Barbara and Michael (Burke "kids")

  • Elizabeth Dickens

    Carol (and sisters and family!),
    Your beautiful mother’s photo caught my eye in the obituaries this morning and I happened I see your name listed. We all seem to be in that poignant phase right now, as our parents’ lives are winding down and our children’s adult lives are taking off. I’m so sorry that you and your sisters lost your parents within months of each other - what an emotional time. But what a beautiful legacy of love and family you all have to treasure and continue! Al and I send you strength, peace, and lots of love, Elizabeth

  • Beth P. Musick

    Dear Dale, Michele, Andrea, Carol, Karen and all Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. What a special Mom. I clearly remember growing up and visiting and your Mom making cookies and allowing us to have fun in your family rec room in the basement! She was always so sweet to me. I know you will celebrate her life and and her love. We are thinking of all of you. Beth Pambianchi Musick, Hedy Pambianchi and all of the Pambianchi family.

  • Bruce Jiorle

    Dale, Michelle and Sisters- So very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She truly was a beautiful and special person.
    Bruce Jiorle

  • Nan Bauroth

    I came to know Adele at the Stewart Health Center as she was always faithfully there taking care of her husband as I was there to see my Mother. Adele was so kind and incredibly constant in her love for her husband - and all of you. I am so sad she left so soon after your father, but she told me she wanted to go to Heaven and I rejoice she is now in Paradise with her Savior and reunited with her husband. I loved reading the obituary because I learned so much about her I did not know - she was a remarkable woman with a beautiful heart!

  • Dawn L Slifer

    Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of this very special lady. My maiden name was Frey, just in case you don't recognize my married name. Dale, I remember having great times with our friends at your mom and dad's house that left me with wonderful memories. Much laughter and fun with Jen and Mary and the rest if the "bunch." And, when my mom and dad and my sister-in-law were so ill that Warren Hospital became almost a second home to our family for a few years, it was always uplifting and comforting to run into your mom and talk for a short time. She always helped keep my spirits up. She was an inspiration and will be missed. Prayers and much love to all of you.