Edward J. Mertes Jr.

Edward J. Mertes Jr., 89, of Williamsport, went to join his beloved wife in heaven on Jan. 8, 2019.

He was born in Conway, Pa., on Sept. 20, 1929, a son of Edward J. Sr. and A. Pearl Witmer Mertes.

He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish where he served as an usher, a member of Knights of Columbus, Council 366 as a Fourth degree member of the Father Reichsteiner Assembly, he was a Past Grand Knight, Past Faithful Navigator, president of Knights of Columbus Home Association and served as district deputy. He was a member of the Fourth Degree team and ran bingo at the K of C for many years. Ed had been inducted into the Chapel of Four Chaplains. He was in charge of security at the Mummer’s parade for a number of years.

He enjoyed model railroading, puzzles and decorating the house for all the different holidays; he especially enjoyed spoiling the grandchildren.

Ed served in the U.S. Army from 1948 until 1951 with the 75th Ord. Base Depot Co. while stationed in Germany.

Ed retired in the mid- 1980s after 31 years at Penn DOT.

Ed and his wife, the former Evelyn F. Berrigan, were married July 4, 1953. They celebrated 54 years together before she passed on March 8, 2007.

Surviving are 11 children, Charles J. (Christine) Mertes I, of Cogan Station, Margaret (Thomas) Montemorano, of Mountain Top, Francis (Kim) Mertes, of Jersey Shore, Edward (Tracy) Mertes III, of Williamsport, Anna (John) Cifone, of Montoursville, Shirley (Charles) Hamm, of Williamsport, Frederick (Lorraine) Mertes, of Williamsport, Joseph (Bobbie) Mertes, of Youngstown, Fla., Patricia (Joseph) Helminiak, of Williamsport, Thomas (Therese) Mertes, of Raleigh, N.C., Mary (David) Helminiak; of Williamsport.

Grandchildren, Elizabeth (Robert) Jones, Charles (Marie) Mertes II, Alicia (Jeff) Lee, Lindsay Mertes (Joseph), Adam (Brianna) Mertes, Damian (Heather) Hyde, Josh (Mandy) Hyde, Taylor Hyde, Michelle (Michael) Yaw, Kimberly Mertes (Justin), Jane Mertes, Katherine Mertes (Henry Rainey), Alexandra and Jennifer Mertes, Joseph (Lisa) Mertes, David Mertes, Stephen, Rebecca, and Marcus Helminiak, Jonathan and Zachary Mertes, Maria and Emily Elizabeth Helminiak; great-grandchildren, Julia, Autumn, Bella Mertes, Madeline and Chloe Jones, Landon, Anderson, and Everett Mertes, Mykenna, David and Zander Hyde; siblings, Anna Mowery, Louis, John, James, William, and Michael Mertes; extended family, Christina and John Grant, Tessa, Kurt, and Toby Knerr, Kevin, Angela, Christopher, Jason and Nathan Grant, and Makenzie. In addition to his parents and wife, grandchildren, Matthew, Melissa and Dana Mertes; sister, Lois Rose Roupp Berger, and brother, Richard all preceded him in death.

The family will receive family and friends at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St. at 10 a.m. on Thursday with his pastor, Rev. Brian Van Fossen, officiating. Burial will follow at Wildwood Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions may be made in Ed’s memory to the Knights of Columbus Council 366, 128 Summer St., Duboistown, PA 17702, St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 711 W. Edwin St., Williamsport or to a charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Crouse Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport. To share a fond memory or sign a register book, please visit www.crousefuneralhome.com.