Anne Blake Merenda died May 31 in Grass Valley. She was 85.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 7, at Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 South Church Street in Grass Valley. The Rev. Barbara Smith will officiate.

Mrs. Merenda was born Jan. 3, 1923, in Gerard, Kan., to Chester and Oella Peterson. She came to Grass Valley in 1940 with her parents, two brothers, one sister and a dog. She married Gene Blake on Nov. 7, 1943, at the Grass Valley Methodist Church. The two of them started Twin Cities Ambulance Service, and Anne was in charge of driving the vehicle, giving first aid, and delivering patients to hospitals for 17 years. Gene passed away in 1980. She married Jerry Merenda on June 21, 2000, in Gardenerville, Nev.

Mrs. Merenda was a member of the Grass Valley Methodist Church, where she was a member of the church choir, and was a member of the Grass Valley Choir for more than 60 years. She was a member of Grass Valley Nevada City White Shrine and Menzalah Temple Daughters of the Nile #16 Sacramento. She did much for the children in the community who couldn’t afford dental work. She also held many officer stations in other Masonic organizations throughout her active life, and enjoyed traveling with her husband, Jerry. She will be remembered for her pleasant smile and missed by her many family and friends.

Mrs. Merenda is survived by her husband, Jerry Merenda of Grass Valley; brothers Harold and Bob Peterson of Grass Valley; sister, Betty Peyret of Pine Grove; daughter, Michelle Stopher of Lancaster; granddaughter, Harmony Blake; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Blake, and son, Rick Blake.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Northern California Unit, P.O. Box 21-4477, Sacramento, CA 95821-0477.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.

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