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“Merle was a one-of-a-kind person. His humor was unique and sometimes "off the wall", but enjoyed by all. I really liked visiting with him and Micki....Read More »
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“The warm inviting scent of Uncle Merle's cherry flavored pipe. This has always been something that reminded me of Merle. He always had a camera to...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Trawn Garton - Pontiac, IL

“To the relatives of Merle I know Merle for many years when we worked together in Corn Products in USA and also during the years he lived in Argentina...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Lineu Lex - Sao Paulo Brazil

“I am so grateful to have had you for a grandfather, and to have gotten to spend your last day watching old family videos with you. You were seriously...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Mariah Mentzer - New lenox, IL

“Judy, My deepest sympathy to you. Merle was a wonderful man who will be missed by many. May loving memories of your husband fill your thoughts...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Marty (Jolley) Winn - Orlando, FL

“Dear Mentzer Family, I am very saddened to hear about Mr. Merle passing. I hope and pray that you will have strength during this difficult time. Mr...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Megan Kinney Marlowe - IL

“To the Mentzer family, i'm so very sorry for your loss and wish you well in this time of sorrow. My family have been friends with the Mentzer's since...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Jillian Kinney - Mokena, IL

“Dear Judy, I was very sorry to hear of Merle's passing. I understand the feelings of loss and sorrow. But I can also let you know that God has...Read More »
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Age 74, of New Lenox, passed away Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.

Merle is survived by his loving family, wife, Judith Mentzer (Fenn), children, Gail (Steve) Shroba, Carl (Christine) Mentzer, Beth (James) Loucks, Chris Mentzer, siblings, Pat Criss, Janice (Marty) Knarr, grandchildren, Amy, Emily (Jason), Andrea, Aaron, Dane (Nikki), Bethany, Logan, Haley, Mariah, Max, Mason, Christian, great grandchildren, Matthew, Alexandra, Skylar, Keighley and numerous nieces and nephews.

Merle was preceded in death by his parents, Merrill V. & Lucille Mentzer (Krauss), sister, Lori Shick and grandson Christopher Mentzer.

Merle was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mokena.

Family will receive friends at Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 102 E. Francis Road, New Lenox, IL 60451, Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM and again at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 10731 W. LaPorte Road, Mokena, IL 60448 on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 from 10:00 AM until time of funeral service at 11:00 AM. Interment, St. Johns Cemetery, Mokena, IL. In lieu of flowers donations to Immanuel Lutheran Church or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. For information, (815) 485-3200 or