Patti Lu Harter 1
- Born: 26 Aug 1954, Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana, USA
- Marriage (1): James Arthur Mertz on 7 Oct 1978 in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA
- Died: 22 Oct 2017, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA at age 63
- Buried: Soest Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA
Birth: Aug. 26, 1954
Death: Oct. 22, 2017
Pat L. (Harter) Mertz, 63, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born on August 26th, 1954 in Bluffton, Indiana to Carl C. & Maxine (Garton) Harter, she was the second youngest of seven siblings. She grew up in Fort Wayne & graduated from Heritage High School in 1972. She was a lifetime hairdresser & had a passion for singing.
She was a dedicated loving wife, mother, aunt, cousin, & friend to anyone who knew her. She was active in her church at Emmanuel Lutheran (Soest) and gave hugs to everyone who smiled her way. She loved her family dearly, and held many holiday gatherings over the years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons in infancy, Douglas & Kyle Mertz; four siblings, Janice King; Bill Harter; Jack Harter; & Mike Harter, her twin brother; & a nephew, Kent Stevens.
Pat is survived by her husband of 39 years, Jim Mertz; daughter, Rachelle Mertz; son, Paul and wife Kelly Mertz; her brother, Robert G. Harter; sister, Betty J. Dellinger; and many nieces & nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Soest with visitation one hour prior. Interment will follow at Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Soest. Pastor Henning & Pastor Bierlein will officiate.
Visitation will also be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 27, 2017 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Soest.
Preferred memorials are to the family or Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Soest. 2
Patti married James Arthur Mertz, son of Arthur Benjamin Mertz and Lou Ann Blevins, on 7 Oct 1978 in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA. (James Arthur Mertz was born on 31 Aug 1953 in Kendallville, Noble County, Indiana, USA 1.)