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Jo Ellen Merkt

December 18, 2018

Jo Ellen Merkt, 69, of Watertown, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at Rainbow Hospice in Johnson Creek.

Jo Ellen was born on Aug. 8, 1949, in Watertown, the daughter of Arnold and Jeanette (Johnson) Mayer. Jo Ellen married the love of her life, Gregory Merkt, on April 22, 1976, in West Bend and the couple enjoyed 39 years of marriage before Gregory’s death in 2016. Jo Ellen was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown. She loved flowers and enjoyed gardening and feeding the birds and squirrels. Jo Ellen loved being outside enjoying the creation that her loving Savior had created. Above all Jo Ellen loved spending time with her family and friends and will be greatly missed by those who were fortunate to have known her.

Jo Ellen is survived by her sons Gregory Jr. of Gillett, Joseph (Rebecca) of Watertown, Benjamin (Amy) of Watertown, Caleb of Watertown and stepdaughter Lisa of Mountain; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers Butch (Hazel) Mayer, Jerry (Gail) Mayer, Kent (Helen) Mayer, Terry Mayer and Steve Mayer (Larry); and her sister Barb (Wayne) Jagow. Jo Ellen is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Jo Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Tony Merkt and her sister Cindy Mayer.

A funeral service will be held at noon on Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church of Watertown with the Rev. Dr. Robert J. Loggans presiding. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will take place at noon on Thursday at Mountain Cemetery of Mountain.

Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Homes is caring for the family. To place an online condolence, visit www.pn-fh.com.

Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home

213 S. Fifth St. Watertown

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