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Feb 11, 2018

Theresia Merkli Mansfield, OH, Jan 19, 2018
Agnes Elli South Bend, IN, Jan 9, 2018
Margaret Ertl Bethlehem, PA, Jan 2, 2018
Maria Huber Coplay, PA, Jan 1, 2018

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Theresia Merkli

Theresia Merkli (née Schmidt)

Theresia Merkli, 94, of Mansfield, Ohio, passed away January 19, 2018 at Winchester Terrace.

She was the wife of the late Gustav Merkli.

Theresia was born April 21, 1923 in Rábafüzes (Raabfidisch) Hungary to Johann and Anna (Heber) Schmidt.

She came to Mansfield in 1956 and worked for the North American Knitting Mill.

Survivors include her son Erwin (Mathilde) Merkli of Mansfield, daughter Gertrude (Robert) Brkich of California; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Gustav; a brother; and two sisters.

Friends may call at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 54 N. Mulberry Street on Friday from 12-1pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1pm with Rev. Gregory Hite officiating. Burial will follow at Mansfield Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Herlihy-Chambers Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements (www.herlihy-chambers.com).

Published in the News Journal on Jan. 24, 2018.


Agnes Elli

Agnes A. Elli, 100, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in Memorial Hospital.

Born on April 4, 1917 in Nikitsch, Burgenland, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Martha (Lakovits) Perneker.

She was a member of St. Matthew Cathedral, its Altar & Rosary Society and the former St. Anthony Society Ladies Auxiliary.

On June 28, 1941 she married John J. Elli. He died on June 26, 1993.

Agnes was also preceded in death by a daughter Judy Chrapliwy, four sisters Mary Perneker, Anna Perneker, Kristina Kovall and Frances Hinkle and two brothers Frank Perneker and Victor Perneker.

Surviving are two sons Robert (Kathy) Elli of Mishawaka and John (Leora) Elli of Germantown, TN, 13 grandchildren Kerry (Jen) Chrapliwy, Keith (Megan) Chrapliwy, Allison (Justin) Russell, Andrea Chrapliwy, Erika Chrapliwy, Martha (Bill) Dorsch, Sarah Elli, Ted (Janis) Elli, Sam (Kim) Elli, Sean (Jane) Elli, Darci (Scott) Hook, Miriam (Wes) Clark, Aaron (Theresa) Prather, 23 great-grandchildren Ben, Julia, Olivia, Kate, Mason, Gabriel, Jackson, William, Gracen, Graham, Emily, Lauren, Braxton, Alicen, Cash, Alyssa, Aiden, Avery, Henry, Lillian, Sophia, Sydney, and Will and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am Monday, January 15, 2018 in St. Matthew Cathedral. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 2-8 Sunday in the Zahoran Funeral Home, 1826 Kemble Avenue where a rosary will be recited at 3:00pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bishop Crowley Education Fund. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.zahoran.com.

Published in South Bend Tribune on Jan. 11, 2018.


Margaret Ertl

Margit Ertl, 83, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, died on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Easton Hospital.

She was the wife of the late John P. Ertl for 52 years.

Born in Rábatótfalu (Slovenska ves/Windischdorf), Hungary to the late Karoly and Ilona (Simenek) Domyan, Margit immigrated to the United States in 1958.

She worked in the garment industry as a presser for 37 years in many Lehigh Valley area factories, retiring in 1996. She was also a member of the I.L.G.W.U.

Margit was previously a parishioner of St. John Capistrano Catholic Church and more recently of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Survivors: Margit is survived by her sisters, Helen Pinter and Anna Kozo both of Bethlehem, Ibolya Domyan, Theresa Szakaly and her brother, Karl Domyan all of Austria, as well as her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Joseph Domyan.

Services: Arrangements have been entrusted to Connell Funeral Home. A visitation will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 3219 Santee Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be held at Holy Saviour Cemetery. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church and/or American Heart Association, 968 Postal Rd #110, Allentown, PA 18109. Condolences may be offered at www.connellfuneral.com.

Published in Morning Call on Jan. 7, 2018.


Maria Huber

Maria "Mitzi" Huber, 82 years, of Coplay, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg.

She was the wife of Stefan Huber and they celebrated 61 years of marriage on April 11, 2017.

Born in Reinersdorf, Austria she was the daughter of the late Franz and Maria Taker.

Maria was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay. She worked for the former Cross-Country Clothes as an inspector for many years before retiring. She loved her family very passionately and enjoyed cooking and baking.

Survivors: Husband, Stefan; sons Steven and his wife Deb of Schnecksville and Anton and his wife Diane of Northampton, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son Gerhard and a brother Franz.

Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Friday January 5, 2018 at St. Peter's Church 4 S. 5th St. Coplay, PA 18037. Her viewing will be private. Brubaker Funeral Home Inc. 327 Chestnut St. Coplay, PA 18037, formerly Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church, c/o the funeral home. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.brubakerfuneralhome.com.

Published in Morning Call on Jan. 3, 2018.