Mary E. (nee Shaffer) MERZ

News Death Notice

MERZ, Mary E. (nee Shaffer) Age 82, of Lebanon passed peacefully Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Kindred Nursing & Rehab. Wife of 29 years to her beloved husband William N. "Skip" Merz who preceded her in death February 13, 2008. Also preceded by brother Stanley E. Shaffer and sister Dorothy French; she is survived by sister Frances M. (George, deceased) Myers of Blanchester, step-daughter Kimberly A. (Daniel) Theile of Cincinnati and five step-grandchildren Jessi, Sarah, Katie, Phyllis and Sam; seven great step-grandchildren. Mary was a faithful member and trustee of the Silvergrove Baptist Church in Oregonia and like her husband, she enjoyed yard work, gardening and camping. Mary and Skip had camped in 37 states and parts of Canada. Friends called on the family Monday evening, March 18, 2013 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at the Stine Kilburn Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at the funeral home at 7:00pm with Pastor Steve Tufts officiating. A private family burial was held in the Lebanon Cemetery. The family appreciates memorial donations that are directed to the Blanchester Alumni Association Scholarship Fund c/o Kim Holland, P.O. Box 4, Blanchester, Ohio 45107. Condolences may be sent by visiting

Published in Journal-News on Mar. 24, 2013