Marian T. Mertz, 85, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of Elk Towers, died Thursday evening, May 23, 2013, at Elk Haven after a lengthy illness.
She was born on January 2, 1928 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Norbert Lecker, who died in 1985, and Caroline Hassennetter Lecker, who died in 1993.
On November 26, 1949 in the St. Maryâ€™s Church, she married Harold G. â€śDutchieâ€ť Mertz, who preceded her in death on May 4, 1990.
Mrs. Mertz was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Parochial Schools. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church. She was a devoted mother and wife and she adored her family. She was happiest married to Dutchie. She was an avid card player.
She is survived by two daughters, Judy Dubler and her husband Darrell of St. Marys, and Deborah Ackley of St. Marys; a son, Harold Mertz, Jr. and his wife Sandra of St. Marys; seven grandchildren, Stacy Mertz Kline, Scott Mertz, Amy Dubler Dietz, Craig Dubler, Kelly Dubler Brocious, Michelle Werner Ripple, and Angela Werner; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sr. Mary David Lecker OSB of St. Josephâ€™s Monastery, and Jane Moylan of DuBois; one brother, Frank Lecker and his wife Linda of St. Marys; and one son-in-law, Sam Werner of St. Marys.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Susan Mertz, who died in June of 1959 and Kathy Werner, who died May 13, 2001; a son, Jeffrey Thomas Mertz, who died in June of 1960; a grandson, Brian G. Werner, who died in January of 1993; two sisters, Martha Lecker, who died in infancy and Bernice Kline; and four brothers, Clarence Lecker, Richard Lecker, Earl Lecker, and Lavern Lecker.
Family and friends of Marian T. Mertz are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday, May 28, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow in the St. Maryâ€™s Cemetery.
There will be no visitation.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk Haven Nursing Home, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA 15857.
The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.