Merton (Mert) Anthony Hartjes, 88, of Rudolph, WI passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
Visitation will be at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, in Rudolph on Saturday, May 4th beginning at 8:00 am with Mass following at 11:00 am. Rev. Rolando Onden and Rev. Chester Osowski will be officiating the Mass.
Mert was born on December 1, 1924, in the town of Carson, Wisconsin to Sylvester and Marie (Dorshorst) Hartjes. He married Louise Zimmerman on July 20, 1946 at St. Philip Church in Rudolph, Wisconsin.
Mert worked at the Biron Paper Mill for 15 years, while running a full time dairy farm, which was his lifelong labor of love. He was also well known in the community for his masonry and carpentry work. He served as a firefighter
for the Rudolph Volunteer Fire Department for 29 years. He was a veteran member of the Catholic Order of Foresters of St. Philip Church.
Mert is survived by Louise, his wife of 66 years, and their five children; Larry (Kathy) Hartjes, Rudolph, Connie (Dave) Jagodzinski, Port Edwards; Roger (Cindy) Hartjes, Rudolph, Kris (Jerry) Willfahrt, Rudolph, and Jackie (Phil) Slattery, Rudolph. He is further survived by 13 grandchildren; Taryn (Chad) Fuller, Tana (Kyle)Nelsen, Dana (Bob) Lex, Brian (Terri) Jagodzinski, Jessica (Ron) Adamski, Ed (Fiancee -Colleen) Hartjes, Jen (Ian) Wilkins, Mike (Amy) Willfahrt, Anne (Rob) Teska, Rose Slattery, Nina Slattery, Rachael Slattery, and Natalie Slattery. There are 13 great-grandchildren.
Mert was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester and Marie Hartjes, one sister, Clarice Peters, two brothers, Marvin and Wayne, and one grandson, Gabriel Hartjes.
One of Mert's favorite past-times was going to "Sunday School" with his friends. He also loved "chasing parts" in his green truck for 34 Truck & Auto in Rudolph. He was a Good Samaritan to all. Anyone needing help could count on him at a moment's notice. He will be remembered as a fun-loving, jokester with a kind heart.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the Rudolph Grotto Fund c/o Incourage Community Foundation, 478 East Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494