GREENVILLE — Lois E. Mergler, 96, of Greenville, formerly of the West Milton area, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Brethren Retirement Community. She was born June 29, 1918, in Miami County, to the late Howard Stanley and Mary Elizabeth (Wenger) Cassell. She married Don J. Mergler; he preceded her in death in 1975.
Mrs. Mergler is survived by a daughter, Donna (David) Naseman of Troy; a son, Earl Mergler of Kettering; four grandchildren, MaryKay Naseman, Joel Naseman, Amy (Matthew) Bolton, Jonathon (Hope) Mergler; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Jesse Cassell of Greenville; a sister, Norma Helstern of Englewood; and a special nephew, Don Barnes of Piqua. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Merlin, Donald, Bernie, and infant Russell Cassell.
Lois was a 1936 graduate of Milton-Union High School and worked as a "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II. She retired from Rike-Kumbler after 32 years of service as a "china doll" in the china department. She was a member of Salem Church of the Brethren in Phillipsburg. Lois was also a member of Rike's 25-Year Club, the Troy Friendship Ladies, Troy Senior Citizens, and enjoyed traveling and gardening.
A funeral service to honor her life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Salem Church of the Brethren, 6037 Phillipsburg-Union Rd., Englewood, with Pastor Michael Hostetter and Rev. Robert Kurtz officiating. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery. Arrangements are in care of Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, West Milton. Online memories may be left for the family at www.hale-sarver.com.