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December 7, 1918 - December 31, 2014
Service Date January 8, 2015
Time to greet friends 10:00 am until the 11:00 am Memorial Service, Thursday January 8 at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 4430 McCulloch St., Duluth MN
Florence Ruth Merkel, 96, of Duluth, died Wednesday December 31, 2014. She was born in Marshfield, Wisconsin, December 7, 1918 to Walter and Augusta (Bubolz) Lemke.
Florence married Melvin Merkel in 1938. They moved to Duluth in 1943. She was a longtime member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church and a member of their Esther Ruth Circle. Florence enjoyed cooking, gardening and playing bridge with friends. Her favorite time was at the cabin on Pequaywan Lake where she and Mel spent 60 years together with family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband Melvin; grandson Erik Johnson; two sisters and one brother.
Florence is survived by her daughters; Beverly Taylor of Raleigh, NC, Wendy (Dale) Kreager of Hermantown, grandchildren: Ryan (Kim) Kreager, and Kevin Kreager.
A special thank you to the staff of Diamond Willow Lester Park and St. Luke’s Hospice for their care and kindness.
A time to greet friends will be held 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service, Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 4430 McCulloch St, Duluth. Arrangements by Affordable Cremation & Burial, 218/491-7011.