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Marilyn J. "Mert" (Gerding) Burkhart

Born: Tue., May 5, 1959
Died: Thu., Mar. 7, 2019


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Marilyn J. "Mert" Burkhart

   OTTAWA -- Marilyn J. "Mert" Burkhart, 59, of Ottawa died 10:48 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Mercy Health Putnam Medical Center, Glandorf.  She was born May 5, 1959 to Joseph B. and Helen M. (Siefker) Gerding, Jr.  Her father is deceased and her Mother survives in Ottawa.  On September 10, 1994 she married Richard Burkhart, who survives in Ottawa.

   Mert is survived by 3 brothers:  Dennis J. (Shirley) Gerding of Columbus Grove, Allan D. (Mary Ann) Gerding of Ottawa and David G. (Barbara) Gerding of Delphos; 4 sisters:  Julie M. (Gilbert) Riepenhoff of Glandorf, Susan A. (Rick) Erhart of Ottawa, Joann R. Gerding of Ottawa and Jeanne M. (Gary) Zeller of Kalida; a sister-in-law:  Linda K. Burkhart of Columbus Grove; and a brother-in-law:  David J. (Donna) Burkhart of Cairo.

   Mert was a hairdresser at Cut To Order, Ottawa.  She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa.  She was a 4H advisor and loved spending her time at Grand Lake St. Mary's, especially the Kozy Kampground.  She enjoyed watching all her nieces and nephews and their many activities.

   A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Glandorf Rod and Gun, 8585 Rd. 11, Ottawa, Ohio.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor's choice.  The arrangements are under the direction of HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Columbus Grove.

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Lisa M. Niese
   Posted Sun March 10, 2019
Your smile and contagious laugh will certainly be missed Mert. Condolences to Dick, Aunt Helen and family.

Bonnie and Ron Knueve
   Posted Sun March 10, 2019
So sorry for your loss of Mert, prayers and hugs.

Bob & Jamie Friedrich
   Posted Mon March 11, 2019
Sending thoughts and prayers to Dick and family. We were shocked at the news of Mert's passing. We will miss her at Kozy!

Steve & Jackie Zofkie
   Posted Wed March 13, 2019
Mert will be greatly missed. My family and I have fond memories of her. Condolences to Dick, Aunt Helen, my cousins and their families on her loss.

Brian Warner
   Posted Thu March 14, 2019
My deepest condolences to Dick and the Burkhart Family. Mert was a beautiful person with a beautiful smile. She was fun to be around and we had a lot of good times at St. Mary's Lake.

John and Catherine Fortman and Family...and the Fortman Insurance Team
   Posted Sun March 17, 2019
Sincere sympathy to Richard and Mert's Family and Friends. When I met my husband 41 years ago, Mert was one of the first fun ladies I met...and will nevr forget. We drank a couple beverages together. and Mert had this contagious laughter and humor! Mert would have everyone rolling in laughter and enjoyment. She also had a good heart and a great concern for others. Mert will be truly missed. We love you! Enjoy Eternity, Girlfriend!

Randal & Heather Arbogast
   Posted Sat March 23, 2019
So sorry for your loss Dick. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Leon Fuerst and Julia VonderEmbse
   Posted Wed April 03, 2019
Deepest Sympathy to the Gerding Family. Mert will be missed by many but you will always have your memories of her. Each day you will think of her and there may be subtle reminders of her, too. She certainly was a happy and carefree person.

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