Norman Mertz, 73, of Granite City, Ill., born March 4, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo., passed away Sunday, February 21, 2016, at Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City, Ill.
He retired in 1997 from Laclede Steel in Alton after 37 years of dedicated service as a steelworker. The United States veteran proudly served his country with the Army. He attended Nameoki United Methodist Church in Granite City. He enjoyed his days of fishing, working jigsaw puzzles, sudoku and playing card games. He cherished his grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Octavia, nee Broch, Meiger; and a brother, Roy Mertz.
Surviving are his wife, Sharon A., nee Ives, Mertz, whom he married on Sept. 23, 1967, in Collinsville, Ill.; a daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Brad Choat of Granite City, Ill.; two grandchildren, Dustin and Sydney Choat of Granite City, Ill.; a sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and James Shy of St. Charles, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Kay McCormick of Centralia, Ill.; nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.
Memorials may be made to the
, or to Nameoki United Methodist Church, and may be accepted at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at: www.irwinchapel.com.
Visitation: In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 25, 2016, at the chapel, with Reverend Mike Rayson officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
Granite City, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Feb. 23, 2016