Obituary: James Meryll Monger
James Meryll Monger, a resident of Prescott, Ariz., returned to God, peacefully on Oct. 22, 2013 at age 91 in New Haven, Vt., where he was being cared for by his son Daniel and daughter-in-law Cathleen Teel.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 70 years Lucille; his sons, James (wife Jenny) and William both of San Francisco Calif., Kenneth of Orinda Calif., Daniel (wife Cathleen) of New Haven Vt. and Thomas Monger Peace (wife Diane) of Denver, Colo.; his daughters, Teresa Monger-McClure (husband Craig) of Parker, Colo., Patrice Nocerino (husband Nick) of Lafayette, Calif. and Jeanne Fairman (husband Stephen) of Dobbins, Calif.; along with nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sole brother Warren, his daughter Marilyn and son Gerard.
James was born in Harlowton, Mont. on Jan. 6, 1922 and graduated in Chemistry from Montana State University. He was a 40-year career corrosion chemist for Shell Development Co. (part of Shell Oil) in Emeryville, Calif. (1943-1972) and Houston, Texas (1972-1984). He married Lucille LaBarre of Forsyth, Mont. on Aug. 6, 1943 in Oakland, Calif. They made their home in El Cerrito, Calif. for many years from where their 10 children attended several parochial schools in the Bay Area. Jim and Lucille eventually retired to Prescott, Ariz. in 1985.
He and Lucille lived in close connection with their faith and the Catholic Church, regularly attending Mass at Sacred Heart Parish in Prescott, Ariz. He had also been an active member of the Forest Trails Home Owners Association and local Republican Party.
Through diligent hard work and thrifty savings he was able to put his children through college, at one point having five children in college simultaneously. James believed education was very important. Together, he and Lucille encouraged the children's passion for pets and their home always included a menagerie of animals. He loved discussing politics, telling jokes and sharing funny stories. Jim was a dedicated husband and family man, he will be missed.
Services will be on Oct. 31, 2013 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 837 Tennant Ave., Pinole, Calif. Viewing is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Catholic Mass is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Graveside service will immediately follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, 2540 Church Lane, San Pablo, Calif.
The family wishes to extend many thanks to Addison County Health & Hospice in Middlebury, Vt.
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