Lanie Merrick

Merrick, Lanae M.

Lanae M. Merrick (nee Smerling) age 46, of Berlin, WI was called home to our Lord after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

The memory of her beauty, grace, and love of life cannot be defined by this disease.

Lanae was born on January 22, 1967 to Lyle and Margaret (nee Mitchell) Smerling.

After graduating from Martin's Beauty School, Lanae owned and operated Lanae's Salon and Spa in Redgranite.

Lanae loved her career and all the friends she made, she also worked at the Wal-Mart in Berlin, and made many friends with her co-workers along the way.

Earlier in her life she traveled throughout the U.S. working at various horse racing tracks where she was an exercise rider. Here she helped the trainers to develop the horses into becoming derby winners. She worked for trainer Carl Nafzger's Kentucky Derby winner of 'Unbridled" in 1990, one of many horses she exercised to become derby winners.

Lanae was devoted to her children, family, and her friends and took every opportunity to be there for them.

Those Lanae leaves behind to honor and cherish her memory include her children; Gavin and Carley Merrick of Redgranite, her parents, Lyle and Margaret Smerling of Berlin, sister, Julie Smerling (special friend (Gene Langenecker) of Oshkosh, brothers, Anthony of Oshkosh and Darren of Berlin, her special friends, Nicole (Brian) Ferron, Melody Sohm and Rick Daul, also many nieces and nephews other relatives and friends.

We will miss your beautiful smile, your courage, your strength and your generosity. Your memory will remain a lasted treasure that will last a lifetime.

A Funeral Service for Lanae will be held on Tuesday November 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Saint John Lutheran Church of Berlin with the Pastor Bryan Lundquist officiating.

Immediately following the service at the church all are invited to fellowship and a lunch in the Saint John Lutheran Church fellowship hall.

Relatives and friends may visit and pay their respects to Lanae on Monday November 18, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wiecki-Skipchak Funeral Home of downtown Berlin and may also visit at the church on Tuesday one hour prior to the service or from 10 to 11a.m.

Graveside services will also be held on Tuesday November 19, 2013 at the Eureka Cemetery in the Town of Rushford, Winnebago County, where she wished to be laid to rest near her grandmother, those planning on attending the graveside service meet at the cemetery by 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established to honor Lanae's burial wishes.

Donations can be made to: Farmers and Merchants Bank of Berlin, WI, in care of Lanae Merrick's Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 270, Berlin, WI 54923





BERLIN, WI. 54923



SINCE 1919

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John R Wiecki/Skipchak Funeral Home
116 S Adams Ave Berlin, WI 54923
(920) 361-2050

Published in Oshkosh Northwestern from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, 2013