Helene H. Merki, age 108, of Gladstone passed away early Monday morning, April, 12th, 2010 at the Christian Park Village in Escanaba where she was currently residing.
Helene was born June 30th, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Carl and Jane (Ogden) Hunter, was raised in Chicago and graduated from the Carl Shuerz High School in Chicago. With a keen interest in music, Helene continued her education in the musical field in Chicago and in Cleveland, Ohio.
On July 16th, 1931, she married Walter E. Merki in Chicago and he preceded her in death in 1946. In October of 1955, Helene relocated to Gladstone where she resided since. While residing in Delta County, Helene taught organ, piano, and voice to many people and is fondly remembered by her students. Additionally, she played for hundreds of weddings and funerals throughout the area and for countless church services, including playing for the Central United Methodist Church in Escanaba, the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba and the St. Stephens and Trinity Episcopal Churches in Escanaba and Gladstone respectively.
Helene was a devout Episcopalian and was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church located in Gladstone. Anyone who knew her was always astounded by her love and vitality for life and for her humor which was not lost on anyone who spoke with her. Helene