Fred William Mertens Jr. (87 yrs) was born to this world January 19, 1933 in Chicago Illinois, came of age in Antigo Wisconsin, lived in Milwaukee and faithfully raised a family of 9 children in Elm Grove, WI. Fred was born to eternal life September 11, 2020 and was proceeded in death by his attentive wife Lorraine (Holzem), parents Fred Sr. and Lillian (Zangle) Mertens, and his sister Marilyn (Kennedy).
Fred was a devout Catholic, faithful husband, and gentle hearted Papa. He served his country in the military during the Korean War and was most comfortable outdoors. He created a family tradition in Mercer where memories are held dear in the hearts of his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and longtime friends. It was here where he loved to play sheepshead, solitaire and cribbage, taking your points if necessary. He was always the first one up watching the sunrise with his black coffee; ready to make his signature “Papa Eggs” for the grandchildren
Fred is survived by brothers (Ronald and Thomas), sister (Marjilou), children Maureen (Ken), Michael (Mary), Marlene, Margaret (Kevin), Mark (Laurie), Marcia, Monica (Greg), MaryAnn (Eric), Matthew (Nikki) many grandchildren, great grandchildren, loving family and friends. A Visitation will be held on Thursday September 17, 2020 at St. Stanislaus Church, 524 W Historic Mitchell St, Milwaukee, WI 53204, from 9 AM until the time of Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM. A private burial will be held at Wisconsin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Fred’s name to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, The Parkinson’s Foundation or to the St. Stanislaus Church would be greatly appreciated.
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