Julia G. Mertens, 98, of Staples passed away January 21, 2018, at Central Todd County Care Center, Clarissa.
A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, April 21, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Staples with Father Joe Korf officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Interment will be held at a later date in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples.
Arrangements were with Taylor Funeral Home, Staples.
Julia Glen Bittner was born to Charles M. and Pansy G. (Parrott) Bittner at home on July 18, 1919 in Staples. She was united in marriage to Joseph Fred Mertens on July 27, 1939 in Staples where they made their home. She worked various positions of employment including production, child care and 11 years at Lakewood Health System Hospital in environmental services until she retired at age 70. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends, gardening and flowers, canning and word and picture puzzles.
She is survived by three daughters, Carol Ford of Staples, Margery (Ken) Haidle of Wyoming and Margaret (Kerry) West of Staples; nine grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; five step great-great-grandchildren and one sister, Mabel Taylor (97) of Elajon, CA; two sisters-in-law, Lois Mertens, Staples and Lorraine Mertens, Hibbing.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, Robert J. and Charles E., both of Staples; son-in-law, Keith R. Ford; granddaughter, Sarah R. Mertens; four brothers, Wesley, Charles, William and Albert, all of Staples; three sisters, Lillian Littral, Tracy Schmitt of Staples and Viola Morrison of Tacoma, WA.