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Jerry Merkelo, 84, of Citrus Heights, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, July 2nd. He was a devoted husband to Hanna Cheberenchyk for 21 years. Jerry was born on March 12th in Kharkov, Ukraine and was the son of the late Alexander and Natalia Merkelo. He will rest with his parents in Vancouver, WA. Jerry left Ukraine as a young boy during WWII. His parents fought their way to America to give a better life to their children. Jerry had a fighting spirit and prospered in America. He joined the US army as a paratrooper and put himself through college and received a master’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master’s in Business Administration from Santa Clara University. He worked hard at Hewlett Packard for 35 years and built his own American dream. He loved America but never lost ties with Ukraine and had a second home in Lviv, Ukraine. He was a parishioner of St. Michaels Ukrainian Greek Orthodox church in San Francisco, CA. He is survived by his wife, Hanna Cheberenchyk and his children Krystina Merkelo of Citrus Heights, Laura Merkelo of Pennsylvania and Lisa Granucci or Roseville, CA. He also leaves his 2 grandchildren Sophia and Tyler Granucci, his son-in-law Shawn Granucci and his brother Henri Merkelo. Friends and family are invited to attend his funeral service on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 1pm, with a viewing commencing at 12pm, at PRICE FUNERAL CHAPEL (6335 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA 95610, 916-725-2109). Interment at Northwood Park Cemetery, Ridgefield, Washington.