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C. Bernice Mertz, 95

C. Bernice Mertz, 95, of Columbia City, passed away at 4:38 a.m. on Sunday, June 20, 2010, at the home of her daughter. Born on July 9, 1914 in Huntington County, IN, she was the daughter of Scott S. and Merle H. (Elser) Click.
She moved from Fort Wayne, IN to Jefferson Township, Whitley County, IN in 1952. She graduated from Central High School, Fort Wayne, IN with the Class of 1931. On April 26, 1936, she married Howard R. Mertz in Fort Wayne, IN. She worked at G.E. Corporation, Fort Wayne, IN for 10 years, I & M Corporation, Fort Wayne, IN for 10 years, and assisted her husband with family printing company in Fort Wayne for 14 years. However, her favorite career was being a mother and grandmother. She had been a member since 1945 at Saturn Christian Church, Master Gardner lifetime member from Purdue, 20 plus years Sunday School Teacher, member of Whitley County Herb Gatherer's and Whitley County Home Extension Club.
Survivors include her daughters Sharon Kneller and Ginny (Kelly) Caskey both of Columbia City, son, Fred S. (Linda) Mertz of Roanoke, IN and daughter, Susan (Dan) Kayser of Findlay, OH; 1 brother, Carl J. Click of TX; 3 sisters, Wilda I. Miller and Letha P. (Harvey) Heilman and Betty O. Fleck all of Fort Wayne, IN; 13 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Howard R. Mertz in April of 1977 and 2 grandchildren, Chrissi and Amy Mertz.
A funeral service was held Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at Saturn Christian Church with Pastor Russell Riley officiating. Burial will follow at Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Mertz to the Saturn Christian Church Deacon's Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.


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