Merz, Martin Carl, Merrill , Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Our loving father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather went home to be with his Lord and Saviour on February 3, 2010, age 90, after a courageous two year battle with cancer. Martin was born in Jackson, Michigan August 3, 1919 the son of the late Martin Charles and Amanda (Walter) Merz. Martin graduated from Concordia Teachers College in 1941 and taught one year in Annendale, Minnesota. The following summer he was assigned to Zion Lutheran School of Hemlock. At that time, he taught 35 students in all 8 grades in the one-room school. By the time he retired, the school had grown to 110 pupils in four classrooms. He taught from 1942 – 1985. He married Ivis Reister August 20, 1943. She predeceased him May 5, 2007. Martin enjoyed traveling, sports and family gatherings. He played or coached on a softball team for many years, sometimes with his former students, who always called him “teacher”. He was instrumental in starting the Hemlock men’s fast-pitch softball program. He retired July 15, 1985 from teaching, but continued to play the organ and direct the choir at Zion Lutheran Church. Martin is survived by four children, Marty and Marge Merz, Freeland, Judy and David Glaeseman, Miltona, Minnesota, Charles and Kathy Merz, DeSoto, Illinois and JoAnn, Merrill, Michigan; seven grandchildren, Todd (Jess) Merz, Chandra Glaeseman, David Glaeseman, Kurt Glaeseman, Jessica (Shane) Carsrud, Tonja Merz and Jon Merz; three great-grandchildren, Hannah Merz, Lillian Carsrud, Mitchel Ryan Carsrud; two brothers, Walt and Earl; five sisters, Flora, Esther, Gertrude, Vera and Eunice; a brother-in-law, John (Sallie) Reister. The funeral service will take place at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 7, 2010 at Zion Lutheran Church, 17927 Dice Road. Rev. Paul Hauser and Rev. Earl Merz will officiate with burial in Richland Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at W. L. Case & Company, 201 N. Miller Road, Saturday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and at church on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation to Zion Lutheran Church.