MERTZ, Elmer D. 1864-1939
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Date: 10/9/2016 at 21:56:49
End Comes For Elmer Mertz At Waterloo Hospital
Elmer Mertz, a resident of Grundy Center nearly forty years, died at St. Francis hospital, Waterloo, Friday following a prostatic operation to which he had submitted a week before. He was in the hospital a number of weeks before the operation was performed. The body was brought to the Coffman undertaking parlors and the day following it was removed to the home.
Funeral services were at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Grundy Center Monday morning. The services were conducted by the local pastor, Rev. Fr. Entringer. The requiem mass was sung by Rev. Fr. Frian of Webster City. All pews in the church were occupied by relatives and old friends during the course of the service. Burial was in the Grundy Center cemetery.
There are few men now living in Grundy Center and community who were better known than Elmer Mertz. And there are none who have more friends. He treated those about him as he wanted them to treat him. The Golden Rule was his daily guide. It did not bring wealth but it brought what is more to be desired and more lasting--it brought and held real friendships.
Mr. Mertz was assistant in the Farmers Elevator at Grundy Center for 20 years. Three years he served the town as marshal and the past fifteen years he owned and operated a gas and oil station.
Elmer D. Mertz was born in Lima, Ohio, Feb. 6, 1864. He was the son of Frank and Amanda Mertz and came with his parents to Iowa when a small boy and lived on a farm near Traer and later moved to Grundy Center and this has been his home continuously except ten years spent in Minnesota. He was married to Etta Frances Condon of Lakefield, Minn., Nov. 24, 1895, by the Rev. Fr. J. W. Kloss. This union was blessed with three children, Mrs. Floyd DeSeelhorst, Raymond E., both of Grundy Center, and J. Arthur of Omaha, Neb. Besides his wife and children, he leaves one brother, James, of Webster City, three sisters, Mrs. R. E. Gottsch, Grundy Center, Mrs. Clara Cohn and Mrs. Eva Page of Waterloo who mourn his loss.
Relatives from a distance at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Downey, Fulda, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Davis, Madelia, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Clurf, Webster City; Miss Opal Mertz, Webster City; Mr. and Mrs. C. Batesol, Marshalltown; Mrs. Clara Cohn, Mrs. Eva Page, Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Mertz, Omaha.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 26 January 1939, pg 1
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