Westmoreland, N.H. - Robert Merz, 92, died Tuesday, October 25, 2018 at the Maplewood Nursing Home where he was a resident since December 2016.
Mr. Merz was born in the Bronx, New York on January 23, 1926 the son of Louis and Dorothy Merz. He was raised in the Bronx where he attended public schools. He went on to serve his country during World War 11 in the United States Navy stationed on board the USS Randall, a troop ship stationed in the Pacific Theater of Operation. He was honorably discharged from active service on March 14, 1946 at the rank of Radioman Third Class.
Mr. Merz was married to his wife Marylouise Graham on Oct. 4, 1947 in the Bronx, NY. Upon returning home after the war he attended a photo engraving school in NYC and followed in his father's footsteps to become a photoengraver working for Knapp's Photo Engraving Company working on several large magazines which included Life Magazine and Look Magazine. He continued his career as an engraver after moving to CT in 1964 where he worked at Wilbar Engraving in Darien, CT. for several of years. Following his retirement from the engraving business he and his wife moved to the White Mountains to Dalton, NH, where he worked as a bartender at the Mountain View House and The Sunset Hill House. He also taught golf and tennis which he dearly loved.
He and his wife Marylousie (Graham) Merz, who also worked at the resort as a floral designer, would go back and forth to Florida in the winter where they worked at the Clearwater Beach Hotel.
Marylousie predeceased her husband in 1997.
Mr. Merz, “Bob”, also loved oil painting and had several art exhibits of his works. The most recent was when he was 84 he had painted numerous American Indians and exhibited his works in the Brattleboro Memorial Library which he was very proud of. He also was very active in promoting peace and attended many rallies in Brattleboro, VT, and wrote articles which were published in the Brattleboro Reformer regarding gun control and peace which he was passionate of.
Survivors include his daughter, Cathy Nilsen of Spofford, NH and her husband Kim; daughter, Deborah of Danbury, Connecticut; two sons, Larry Merz of Weston, Connecticut and Robert Merz of Baltimore, Maryland; one sister, Dorothy Letuzia of Long Island, New York; two granddaughters, Shyloah Osteyee Nilsen of Keene, NY and Willow Nilsen of Spofford, NH; and one great granddaughter, Sage Gould.
In keeping with his final wishes there will be no formal funeral services scheduled. He will be laid to rest next to his wife in Lake View Memorial Park, Maryland.