Northumberland - Michael Edward "Ted" Mertz, 71 of Prince Street passed away Thursday, December 23, 2021 at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.
Ted was born October 2, 1950 in Northumberland a son of the late Walter Edmond "Ned" and Rose M. (Yarabinee) Mertz.
He was a 1968 graduate of Shikellamy High School and in 1975 received his degree from Lock Haven University.
Ted enjoyed a 37 year career as a reading teacher at the Selinsgrove Middle School. He was a life member of the PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association). Ted loved the music of the 50's and 60's and became a great dancer. He was known for his "skit" of Clarence Carter that was a huge hit with his fellow teachers.
He was a gifted tennis player often giving instruction to local talent.
His greatest passion was the outdoors. He was an original member of the Big Run Hunting Camp in Picture Rocks and a life member of the Norry Gun Club. Ted loved to hunt and fish and some of his favorite trips were those to Canada for Northern Pike. His passion for fishing and hunting led him to share his many skills with friends and family over the years that has left a lasting memory of him in their hearts.
His other memberships include; Sunbury Social Club, American Legion Post #44 and the Free & Accepted Masons, Lafayette Lodge #194, Selinsgrove for 38 years.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Northumberland for more than 50 years.
Ted is survived by several cousins and his many close friends.
A viewing will be held from 11:00am to 1:00pm Saturday, Janurary 8, 2022 at the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, 210 King Street, Northumberland. A Masonic service will begin at 1:00pm with funeral services to follow with Rev. Karla Leiby officiating.
Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Northumberland.
Contributions in Ted's memory may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 300 Queen Street, Northumberland, PA 17857.
- Gem of the Day: Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn.
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