Kelly Renee Merando, 22

Article 1 of 1; 267 words Published on October 2, 1991, Page C5, The Kansas City Star

Lyme disease possibly caused death Autopsy performed on 22-year-old woman gives no confirmation.

Source: A. SCHARNHORSTStaff Writer A 22-year-old Tonganoxie, Kan., woman who died Tuesday afternoon at St. Luke's Hospital may have been stricken with Lyme disease, family members said. Kelly Merando, who had exhibited Lyme symptoms since mid-August, died after life support was removed, said her stepmother, Jann Merando. Doctors did an autopsy Tuesday but did not discover what caused Merando's illness. "I don't know if they'll be able to tell us definitively."

Lawrence Journal-World (KS) - October 2, 1991 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Deceased Name: KELLY MERANDO Services for Kelly Renee Merando, 22, Tonganoxie, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie with the Rev. Mark Goldasich officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Tonganoxie. Miss Merando died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1991, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. She was born July 4, 1969, in Kansas City, Kan. She graduated from Tonganoxie High School in 1987, and later graduated from the Area Vocational Technical School and attended Maple Woods College, both in Kansas City, Kan. Miss Merando was a hairstylist with Trendsetters in Tonganoxie, and was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Survivors include her father and stepmother, Kenny and Jann Merando, Tonganoxie; her mother and stepfather, Sandra and Virgil Deck, DeSoto; two brothers, Eric and Ryan Patterson, both of Tonganoxie; a sister, Kim Merando, DeSoto; paternal grandmother, Verna Merando, Pittsburg; and maternal grandparents, Duke and Shirley Sween, Bonner Springs. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie, where a rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. today. The family suggests memorials to the girls varsity basketball and volleyball programs at Tonganoxie High School. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lawrence Journal-World (KS) Date: October 2, 1991 Record Number: 0009142197 Copyright (c) 1991, Lawrence Journal-World