VanHORNESVILLE – Mildred I. Merrick, 88, of VanHornesville, administrative secretary at Owen D. Young Central School for 25 years, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 23, 2019, in Foltsbrook Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Herkimer.
She was born on June 25, 1930, in Wiccopee, Dutchess County, daughter of the late William E. and Mary R. Lougheed Irwin. Mildred was raised in Carmel and graduated from Carmel High School with the Class of 1948.
On Nov. 4, 1956, she married Lee R. Merrick in Ludingtonville, Putnam County. For 18 years, she was administrative secretary for the Putnam National Bank, as well helping her husband with the family dairy farm. They sold the farm in 1986, moving to Fonda and later to VanHornesville.
In addition to administrative secretary, Mrs. Merrick was school-tax collector for the Town of Stark.
For many years she was a member of the Springfield Senior Citizens Group. In her leisure time she enjoyed gardening and knitting. To those who knew her they will always remember a loving, caring and helpful lady who enjoyed her many friends and family. She will be truly missed.
Besides her devoted husband of 62 years, Lee, she is survived by one son, Brian R. Merrick of VanHornesville; five nieces, Kathryn Martinez, Patricia Buechel, Karen Buechel, Kathy Buechel and Melissa Walden, and several cousins.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, William J. and George J. Irwin, and two sisters, Mary R. Hunt and Lillian I. Buechel.
Calling hours will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Fenner Funeral Home, 115 Court St., Herkimer. A funeral service will follow immediately after at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Eugene Kipper will officiate. Interment will be later in the Maple Avenue Cemetery, Patterson NY