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Obituary for Blanche Mary Merkle
OAKLAND, IL --- Blanch M. “Nickey” Merkle, age 82 of Oakland, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 5:45 PM, Saturday, January 30, 2010 at Paris Community Hospital. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, February 3 at Standard Funeral Home in Oakland, with Jim Nash officiating. Burial will be at Payne Cemetery north of Brocton. Friends may call after noon on Tuesday at Standard Funeral Home, where the family will be present for visitation from 4:30 to 6:30 PM Tuesday evening. Nickey was born on November 19, 1927 in South Lebanon, Ohio, the daughter of Valentine and Susan Malott, and the adopted daughter of Floyd and Mary Etta Nickell. She graduated from Paris High School. On January 14, 1950 she married Charles Franklin Merkle in Paris, and he preceded her in death on March 21, 1996. Survivors include two daughters, Karen Aures and husband Tim of Rockford, and Debbie Miller and husband Phillip of Brocton; three grandchildren, Anthony Ryan Miller and wife Tricia of Benton, Carla Jo McIntyre and husband Jim of Mattoon, and Elizabeth Aures of Rockford; eight great-grandchildren, Tayloran, Avery, Addisyn, Braelyn, and Briggs Miller of Benton, and Tyra, Jimissy, and Bradyn McIntyre of Mattoon; and two sisters, Bernice Lucas of Waynesville, Ohio, and Joan Scott of Springhill, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles, four brothers, and four sisters. Nickey had been employed as a legal secretary in Paris, and for the Shiloh School District. She was also a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Nickey was a member of the Brocton Christian Church and the Oakland Christian Church, the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years, and the Brocton American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her family, and playing cards. A memorial fund is being established for The Oaks Manor in Oakland, which had been Nickey’s home.