Of Little Chute, age 44, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2019 at home. He was born in Waupaca on January 3, 1975 to John Meronek and Paula Scouton. When Justin was a kid you would find him out at the Meronek farm with his dad or fishing with his older brother, Jason. He also enjoyed spending time at Little Achers with his Nana Mary Lou and Papa Norman. He loved to play sports, until he was diagnosed with Emery Dreifus Muscular Dystrophy. At that time he became a lover of sports. He enjoyed watching his dad play ball at Lanark, out by the family farm. Justin spent one week at the beginning of every summer from 1982 until 1997 at Muscular Dystrophy Camp in Green Lake. He met a lot of good friends there, Pete, Jay and Brad Hietpas, Amy Alft, Heather Cady, Ryan Kolosso, Carolyn Yonk, the director, and many more. Justin would say you could find him because there was always a pack of girls following him.
He graduated from Waupaca High School in 1993. He went on to Madison to study Radio TV Broadcasting, but did not finish due to his health. He settled in Appleton at Oneida Heights. He would spend many weekends with his good friend, Bridget, watching WWE Wrestling. He became good friends with Lamarc and Chris Babino and through them met Michelle.
He will be sadly missed by his wife: Michelle Babino; son: Jordan; he was a great step father to: Christien and Gabriel Fitzsimons; grandson: Charlie; father: John (Lori) Meronek; step siblings: Jeff (Jen), and their children, Ed, Shyane, Zach and Jacob, Brenda (Jerry) and their children, Tomas and Christopher, grandma: Mary Lou Niemuth; nephew: Josh; cousin: Elizabeth (Jesse) and their son; uncle: Tom Darinski; father-in-law, Mark Babino; mother-in-law, Connie (Michael) Loderbauer; sisters-in-law: Sharon (Paul) Younger and their son, Sue (Randy) Graham and their four children and Tina Loderbauer and her two children; brothers-in-law: Migeal Babino and his three children, Mark (Tina) Babino and their son, Chris Babino and his three children and Tim (Cynda) Loderbauer and their son; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his mom, Paula; sister, Michelle; brother, Jason; aunt, Gail Darinski; his grandpa and grandma Meronek; Papa Norman; grandpa Scouton; niece, Julia; brother-in-law, Carl Loderbauer; sister-in-law, Karen Loderbauer; good friends, Bridget and Corey Reed, who also had Muscular Dystrophy and to whom Justin was a good mentor.
The Memorial Service will be on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Maple Crest Funeral Home of Waupaca. Friends and family may gather on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in Barton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.
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