Hugo Mena

Hugo Mena

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Hugo Mena (Zambrana), passed away peacefully, on April 03, 2018, surrounded by his loving wife of 64 years, Frida Carranza Saldaña Mena, his children Tony Mena, Maria Kaiser, Ronald Mena (Carolyn), John Mena, and Carol Mena Quick (Scott), grandchildren Alex Kaiser, Crystal King (Alex), Joe Quick, and great-granddaughter Julia King.
Hugo leaves behind cousins, nephews, and nieces in the United States of America, Bolivia, and Spain.
Hugo, from La Paz, Bolivia, immigrated to Saint Louis, Missouri in 1960. The following year, Frida, Tony, and Maria joined him.  
Hugo worked for McDonnell Douglas. Later, he owned Maria’s Dry Cleaning and Alterations shop, for 25 years, with Frida and daughter Maria.   
Hugo was athletic and enjoyed playing tennis, jogging, and in his youth, played semi-pro soccer.  He was a great fan and season ticket holder of the St. Louis Rams during the Greatest Show on Turf years. As a long-time fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, he celebrated their several championships.  He was a life-long fan of the Bolivian soccer club, Bolivár.
Hugo was a founding member and two-time past president of the Bolivian Society of St. Louis and had dear friends in his community.
Above everything else, Hugo dearly loved his wife and family. He was immensely proud of each of his five children and cherished his three grandchildren and great-granddaughter most of all. 
The Hugo Mena Visitation and Memorial service is on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
Spazio Westport
Visitation begins at 5:00 PM.
The Memorial service starts at 6:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Hugo’s name to the Arthritis Foundation.

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  1. Steven Zanvil Sawolkin says:

    I was friends with the Mena family in St. Louis when I was in high school and the years directly after. Wonderful people. I have such fond memories of the time I spent with Don Hugo, talking sports and sharing Gonzalo Byass sherry in his rathskeller. My most sincere condolences to his wonderful wife and kids. As sad as I am to learn of his passing, I am happy to have had the privilege, honour, and pleasure of knowing him, and his family.