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Catherine H. Merkel
(January 17, 1921 - February 20, 2008)

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Debbie (Hinrichs) Davis
Wantagh, N.Y.
March 10, 2008 6:09 AM
Sorry to hear of Mom's passing. My prayers are with you at this time. Please let me know when the memorial service is. Love and God Bless Debbie

Cammi Clara
New York
March 9, 2008 7:52 AM

I read about your mothers passing in Newsday today and wanted to send my condolences. May it comfort you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cammi Clara

Yin Yang
Karen DeBolt
Hillsboro, OR
February 28, 2008 11:18 AM
Sending love out to the whole family and especially to my dear friend Mary. I'm so glad you were able to say good bye before she transitioned.

Much love, Karen

Agatha Haun
Cheshire, Massachusetts
February 27, 2008 3:48 PM
Dearest Catherine, I thank God for blessing me with a sister like you. You have always been very special to me. I looked up to you and you were always there for me. We shared so many wonderful memories of our family life and I will always keep them alive deep in my heart along with our love for each other. Love holds no boundaries between this life and the next, it never ends. May God grant you eternal love, peace and joy with him and all the members of our family and the extended members who have preceded you. I miss you and love you. Your sister, Agatha.

Michael T. Merkel
February 26, 2008 2:00 PM
Dear Mom, Thank you for all of your hard work and love that you gave to make sure we were ok after daddy died. I want to tell you that I loved you very much and appreciate all of the love you have given me over the years. I was glad that I had a chance to see you frequently in Clayton these past three years and that you blessed me with the gift of being there to say goodbye. It also made me very happy that you met someone who is very special in my life before you left. I loved you very much. Your son, Michael

Nancy Benz
Nesconset, NY
February 26, 2008 1:22 PM
We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Catherine Merkel. My husband and I became good friends with her daughter, Kathy, and son-in-law, Steve, when our sons played Little League twenty-two years ago. Kathy's mom was always out visiting Kathy & Steve and would come to the boys' baseball games. It was obvious that Catherine loved her grandsons, Jason, Danny & Timmy - and that the feeling was very mutual. Catherine was a warm, beautiful lady and we are honored to have known her. Sincerely, Ed & Nancy Benz and family

Pam Roberts and children
Clayton, NM
February 25, 2008 9:22 PM
Dear Family,

As I have read the notes offered already, I am saddened that we *all were not there when she was taking those walks, baking great cakes, reading/telling great stories ...adding mushrooms to the menu - and loving thru the years.

We all got to know your mother little by little as we would go to the nursing home to sing for the residents every other month or so. She *loved the singing and the variations of ages in the children, wks old to 18 years old. (Our family participates with several other homeschool families in this venture.)

She always had a kind word to say , blessed each & shook their hand. Catherine had a *terrific smile & bright eyes.

Thru the months, the children were growing ... seeing that they were outgrowing her ... at their very young age. This growing delighted them ... and encouraged them as they saw her from month to month.

She would sing along often, and dance in the room, which also was a great encouragement to all.

Sometimes I would go to the nursing home on the weekend .. and play the piano for an hour. She would always come up to me while I was playing and sing along. She knew the melodies and the words. We both enjoyed that so much.

Because of how she showed love to everyone around her, it was easy to feel appreciated, to smile and 'love' back. She was an example to us.

We will *miss her *very much.

Lisa and Chance Massey
Clayton, NM
February 25, 2008 8:37 PM
Dear Mike, I am so sad to hear about your mom. I know she meant the world to you. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Haupert
Nesconset, NY
February 25, 2008 3:01 PM
Mrs. Merkel,

I will always have such good memories of your strong faith, the love you had for your family and always sharing a good laugh with you. I always had such respect for you raising your children alone and doing such a wonderful job! I remember the story about your husband's death and now finally you are together again and with Lee. Rest in peace-"Nana" Love, Deb

Celtic Cross
Daniel Borbet
New York, NY
February 25, 2008 12:52 PM
Nana, You had a heart of gold and a smile that illuminated every room you entered. Your vibrant and welcoming personality was very exciting to witness and it makes me smile to think of the countless times you entertained my brothers and me. We walked for miles, travelled to exotic places without leaving the house and shared stories that I will never forget. You are loved overwhelmingly and you will be missed dearly.

...with a belly full of fat, a big high hat... - Your Grandson Danny

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