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Esther Mae Mertz

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Mertz, Esther Mae
June 27, 1915 - Oct. 30, 2011

Esther Mae Mertz nee Ott died peacefully at the age of 96 on October 30, 2011. She was attended by her physician, Dr. Carlos Caballero, her friend and trustee, Nancy Close, her caring nurses and her beloved cat, Sasha. Born in South Williamsport, Pa. on June 27, 1915; she moved to Winter Park, Fla. in 1957 and relocated to Sarasota in 1982.
She was known to and loved by so many in our community as a local philanthropist. Her financial support was enjoyed by many charities and organizations. She gave from the goodness in her heart with a genuine concern for others. She truly desired to help people - especially the young - and she was a constant source of encouragement and inspiration to everyone who knew her. She was always ready with words of wisdom for anyone who asked for advice.
Esther was a very private person, shunning publicity and often choosing to remain out of the limelight. She never wanted to be thanked for her contributions and considered it "Her Gift" that she was able to enrich the lives of those around her. She felt her wealth was entrusted to her because God knew she would use it wisely to help others.
She will be missed by her family, Susan and Roy Moon, John Q. Croker, III, Jennifer D. Croker, Michele and Eric Joy, and Deborah and Brian Bergherm and eight Great Grandchildren, Nicholas, Riley, Catherine, Alexandria, Ben, Cade, Caroline and Sarah.
She was a lady of utmost grace, compassion, and kindness. She was fiercely independent. She loved to describe herself as, "a stubborn German". She will be forever remembered by all who knew her as having a heart of gold, a marvelous sense of humor, and a wonderfully keen mind right down to the last moments of her life.
At her request, there will be no services. Anyone wishing to make a Memorial Gift should feel free to donate as follows:
The Esther M. Mertz Charitable Trust
Michael J. Close, Trustee, 4951 Windsor Park, Sarasota, FL 34235.

Published in Herald Tribune from Nov. 3 to Nov. 4, 2011
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