Grove City Record

Town Center businesswoman

Menendez recalled for commitment to community

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Terri Menendez may not have been a resident, but to the people who knew her in Grove City, she was part of the community.

Menendez, 44, was found dead in her Hilliard home April 1. Her son, Tyler J. Dunkle, 22, was indicted April 22, for her murder, which is believed to have occurred March 29.

A financial advisor with Edward Jones, Menendez worked at the firm's Grove City office at 4007 Broadway. Those who knew her recalled her zest for life and commitment to the Grove City community, where she volunteered for numerous civic functions.

Menendez was an active member of both the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Grove City Noon Lions Club.

Resident Bonnie Brown had known Menendez for seven years and called her death a "big loss."

"I was a client, and she was a personal friend," Brown said. "She was a real people's person."

Brown said she met Menendez when she came to her front door. She also remembers seeing her passing out candy during Boo on Broadway, the annual Halloween celebration in the Town Center.

"She was just really involved with the community activities," Brown said. "She networked people. She got really involved."

Brown said Menendez often took her and other clients out to dinner and other social functions, including a performance of Cirque du Soleil.

"All kinds of different things," Brown said. "There's hardly a restaurant in town she didn't take us to."

Laura Stealey worked with Menendez at her Edward Jones office.

Stealey said Menendez was outgoing and community-oriented, volunteering with the Salvation Army at Christmas time and annual Arts in the Alley Music and Arts Festival in the Town Center.

"She considered Grove City her new home," said Stealey, adding that Menendez was planning to move to the city. "She wanted to go out and enjoy life and see if she could make other people's lives better too. ... She was always there to (volunteer) to give her time."

Stealey said Menendez organized many events for Edward Jones, something she had a lot of fun doing.

"She was always smiling and laughing at how well people enjoyed themselves," Stealey said. "She meant a lot to her clients, and she considered them friends."

Menendez also meant a lot to her colleagues in the business community.

"Terry was very involved here at the chamber," said Grove City Chamber Executive Director Bill Diehl. "She joined in August 2008 ... and she immediately started attending networking events and ribbon-cuttings. We saw her on a constant basis."

Diehl said Menendez wanted to work on the chamber's ambassador committee and was promoted to chairwoman of the committee last year. She also had recently been made chairwoman of WE:LEAD, Women Empowering, Leading, Educating and Developing, the chamber's women-centered initiative designed to create strong connections for women in business.

"I'm sure she would have done a superb job," Diehl said. "We'll miss her immensely."

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