Gael Tonia Mericle|
Gael Tonia Mericle died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on June 21, 2014 after a short bout with cancer.
Born in New York City on March 31, 1943, Gael spent her childhood years with her Aunt Hazel and Uncle Herb Nagel. Gael graduated from Fryeburg Academy and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and a master's degree from at then Mankato State University.
Gael married the love of her life, Bruce Mericle, on August 24, 1963. Their family grew to include three children, two exchange students and several cats and dogs.
Gael was an active volunteer throughout her life, working with League of Women Voters, Girl Scouts and the Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital Auxiliary. She and Bruce also led the junior high youth group at the Multi-Church in Mankato for several years.
Gael worked as an area coordinator for Peacepipe Girl Scout Council, taught developmental mathematics at Minnesota State University, Mankato and directed the Academic Learning Center at MSU. In 1989-1990, Gael received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the Student Ambassadors at MSU. She also served as President of the Faculty Association at MSU.
Gael enjoyed baking bread, quilting, traveling and spending time with her family. Gael thoroughly enjoyed her role as "Grammy Mom." In 2008 Gael and Bruce relocated to Ohio from Minnesota to more fully pursue their calling as grandparents.
Gael will be deeply missed by her husband, Bruce; her children, Erik (Denise) Mericle of Atlanta, Georgia, Andrea Mericle of Elkader, Iowa and Melanie (Lee) Christman of Akron, Ohio; granddaughter, Tabitha Christman; several cousins and extended family members, numerous friends and colleagues and Charley the cat.
Per Gael's request, cremation has taken place and the family held a private service. Memorials may be made to the Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333. (Adams Mason Funeral Home and Crematory, 330-535-9186)
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on June 29, 2014