It is with great sadness that we the family of Margaret Merkel announce her passing on April 13th, 2021, after a lengthly and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  In November 2016, she was told that she should get her affairs in order as she had just 4 to 5 months to live. In true Margaret fashion, she defied the odds. Aunt Maggie as she was known to her many nieces and nephews was a loyal, and trusted woman of her word who was always there to lend a hand. There wasn’t a stain she couldn’t remove, a gardening or automotive question she couldn’t answer or a wall she couldn’t paint, wallpaper or repair.  She was born in North Easthope Township on June 3rd, 1936, and was raised on the family farm in St Pauls before moving to Stratford. She enjoyed the outdoors, working in her yard and the gardens, driving in the country side but most of all she loved helping others and visiting with her cherished family and friends.  She worked many years in the accounting department of the automotive industry, the majority of those years were spent at Perth Motors in Stratford and Steve Sheerer Motors in Kitchener. Her outstanding work ethic and attention to detail were assets that all of us should strive to emulate. Margaret was a woman of great faith and a longtime member of St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Stratford. Over the years she was a proud sponsor of many under privileged children from around the world, ensuring that they had the opportunities that so many of us take for granted.  Margaret was grateful every day for her family, friends, doctors, and the nurses from CarePartners for their ongoing support which allowed her to live her life independently and with dignity to the very end. Margaret died as she lived on her own terms. 

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was predeceased by her mother Anna Wickenheiser, and her father Philip Merkel as well as her twin brother Arnold and his wife Gerry, brothers William and Walter and sister Rose. She is survived by her sister in law and dear friend Irene Merkel, her many nieces and nephews: Heidi (Rob) Di Diomete, Tim Merkel, Trina(David) O’Rourke, Marnie Merkel, Paul (Cathy) Merkel, Brenda (Michael) O’Brien,  Dan(Cathi) Merkel, Rick (Sheila) Merkel, Tony(Pauline) Merkel, Jeff(Mary) Merkel, Jarrett(Lisa)Merkel, Jason (Judy) Merkel, as well as many great, and great great nieces and nephews, and cousin Hugo Wickenheisser. Margaret’s life will be celebrated with a private family Mass of Christian burial at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Father Chris Pietraszko will be officiant. In lieu of flowers and as expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church or Stratford General Hospital Foundation through the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411. 

Thank you Aunt Maggie for the many beautiful memories, we will treasure them a lifetime.


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