Norman Mertz, 73, of Granite City, passed away at 5:21 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.
He was born March 4, 1942, in St. Louis, a son of the late Henry Mertz and Octavia (Broch) Meiger. He married Sharon A. (Ives) Mertz on Sept. 23, 1967, in Collinsville and she survives. Norman retired in 1997 from Laclede Steel in Alton after 37 years of dedicated service as a steelworker. The United States veteran proudly served his country with the Army. He attended Nameoki United Methodist Church in Granite City. He enjoyed his days of fishing, working jigsaw puzzles, sudoku and playing card games. He cherished his grandchildren and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends. In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Brad Choat of Granite City; two grandchildren, Dustin and Sydney Choat of Granite City; a sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and James Shy of St. Charles, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Kay McCormick of Centralia; nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Mertz.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, where funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, with the Rev. Mike Rayson officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to Nameoki United Methodist Church and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.