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August 18, 1931 – Saturday, July 9, 2011

Service Information

Friday, July 22, 2011

Visitation Information
Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN
Friday, July 22, 2011
4-8 PM

Shirley ‘Frank” Merges, 79, of Winsted, Minnesota died Saturday morning at St,. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

He was born August 18, 1931 in Otsego, Minnesota to Andrew P. Merges and Lucille Barthel Merges. Frank attended school in Albertville, Minnesota and served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Air Force. He married Mary Martz in Waco, Texas on September 5, 1953 They moved to Albertville, Minnesota and had twelve children. Frank farmed until 1974 when they moved to Winsted. Frank drove a truck until 1991 when he retired and then drove part-time until 2002. He loved truck driving, Springer Spaniels, jigsaw puzzles, tractors and farming.

Frank was preceded in death by sons: Duane Merges and Andrew Merges.

He is survived by his wife Mary of Winsted, children: Sue Anderson (Dave) of Ramsey, Minnesota, Alice Munter (Everett) of Elk River, Minnesota, Debbie Wray (Arden) of Albertville, Minnesota, Sharon Merges (Roger) of Zimmerman, Minnesota, Paul Merges of Winsted, Jeffrey Merges of Winsted, Alayne Gehlen (Dave) of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Adam Merges (Sherri) of Alaska, John Merges (Sue) of Eden Valley, Minnesota, Anne Wood (Rick) of Mahtomed, Minnesota,brothers: Loren Merges, Albertville, Minnesota, Andrew “Pete” (Renee) Merges of Albertville, Minnesota, 28 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held for Shirley Frank Merges on Friday, July 22, 2011 at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted Minnesota from 4pm until 8pm. American Legion Rites will be held at 6:45 PM, parish prayers will be at 7 PM and Honor Guard follow parish prayers.

The Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN is proud to have served the family.

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Mark Theis

    Paul, Debbie and Adren; my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you and your family.

  2. Lisa Merges De Mars

    Mary and ALL, we are so sorry for your loss! We have you all in our prayers. See you next week. Lisa, Mike, and Dad (Loren)

  3. Cherie Pavlik

    So sorry for your loss – you all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Dennis Zimmer

    Sorry for your loss. God be with all of you – wife, sons, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and brothers Loren and Pete.


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