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2017-01-26

Mary Florence Mertz

1920 – 2017

Mary Florence Mertz, 96, died Thursday, Jan. 19 at her home in Bandera. She was surrounded by her son and daughter-in-law, Brice and Susan Mertz; her daughter, Maureen Kelleher and her wonderful caregivers during her final weeks.
Born November 28, 1920 in Ulysses, NE to Jacob and Mary Klein, she grew up on a farm and began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse at the age of 17. Many years later, after moving to Texas, she taught in several Catholic schools (including Holy Spirit and St. Paul's in San Antonio) until the age of 78. The hundreds of children that she taught in her many classrooms were the joy and the gift of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, W. Neal Mertz and her brother Maurice Klein.
Mary is survived by her children; her sister, Evelyn Hegeholz and many beloved neices, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Her family will always be grateful to Ginger Goode, her devoted caregiver and companion, also to Christel and Aleta from Alamo Hospice, for all of their tender mercies...Many, many thanks.
Mass of the Resurrection was held at 10 am Tuesday, Jan 24 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Inter-rement to follow at at a later date in the Church Cemetery near her home in Nebraska.
If you would like to make a charitable contribution in memory of Mary Mertz, please do so to any Catholic School. Thank you!
The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the "Send Condolences" link.