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June 29, 2014

Steven C. Mertz

’76 LHS grad, banker was church elder, in Lion’s Club

- — Steven C. Mertz, Sandy Lake, passed away peacefully at 10:55 a.m. Saturday (6-28-14) at home with his family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 56.

Born Jan. 31, 1958, in Grove City, he was a son of Carson F. and Barbara A. Clayton Mertz.

He was a 1976 graduate of Lakeview High School and attended Youngstown State University.

Steve worked in the banking industry for many years, beginning at Mercer County State Bank as a loan officer and then at the Andover, Ohio, Bank. He always had a heart and compassion for those that came to him for assistance.

He was a member of Coolspring Presbyterian Church and had served as an elder.

Steve was a long-time survivor as a transplant recipient, receiving a pancreas and a kidney more than 20 years ago; as time passed he was in need of another kidney 10 years ago, which he received from friend Jodi Scott, who unselfishly gave up one of her kidneys to Steve as a gift of life.

Steve enjoyed life, even though at times being restricted due to his health. But through the good grace of God and his family and friends, he lived many years and was able to see  his children grow into fine young adults. He supported them in their athletic events, which he always attended.

He loved sports and enjoyed following sports teams and watching golf. He had been an avid golfer for many years and had scored a hole-in-one at the Mercer public course.

He enjoyed playing cards with his friends and his kids. He was a member and past president of the Stoneboro Lion’s Club.

Steve was a collector and began by collecting milk bottles, but his real passion was collecting 1858 Mason fruit jars, a passion shared by he and his son Jonah that brought them in contact with collectors nationwide.

He was a loving son, husband and father and loved spending time with his children.

His wife, the former Denise M. Woods, whom he married April 25, 1992, survives at home. Also surviving are two daughters, Rebecca A. Mertz, Pittsburgh; and Laura M. Mertz, at home; and a son, Jonah A. Mertz, at home; his parents, Carson and Barb Mertz, Sandy Lake; a sister, Julianne Mertz, Hillsboro, N.C.; and his good friends Bobby and Jodi Scott, Stoneboro.

Memorial contributions may be made to Coolspring Presbyterian Church, 777 Coolspring Church Road, Mercer, PA 16137; or The Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute Development Dept., Forbes Tower, Suite 8084, 3600 Forbes Ave. at Meyran Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

MERTZ

Steven C., 56, of Sandy Lake.

Calling Hours: 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (7-1-14) in SCOTT A. BLACK FUNERAL HOME, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro.

Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday (7-2-14) in Coolspring Presbyterian Church, 777 Coolspring Church Road, Mercer, with Rev. John B. Creekpaum, pastor, officiating, assisted by Rev. Philip H. Chalfant, retired pastor.

Inurnment: Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township.

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