Auguste Bertha Anna Stenzel "Gustie" was born on 27 April 1893 in Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County. Michigan and was baptized on 14 May 1893 at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County. Michigan. Auguste's sponsors for baptism were Friedrich Witte, Emilie Stenzel Rohde and Auguste Stenzel Diener. Auguste was confirmed in 1906 at the Zion Lutheran Church, Iva, Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.
Auguste married Herbert George Mertz on 5 November 1922 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. Herbert was born on 17 August 1893 in Saginaw County, Michigan where he resided all of his life. He owned the F.H. Mertz Cigar Company and was employed at the Saginaw News for 40 years as a printer, retiring in 1968.
Auguste died on 1 December 1984 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Mi and Herbert died on March 27, 1974 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan.
sources: Delbert Pretzer's obituaries of Herbert and Auguste Stenzel Mertz. Photo of Auguste Stenzel from Esther Pretzer Rohde, St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church Records, Zion Lutheran Church Records, marriage record
Wallace Herbert Mertz was born 2 September 1916 to Herbert George and Emma Mertz. was married to Rosaline Bluemlein on 19 August 1938 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. At the time of their marriage, Wallace was a Apprentice Printer. When Wallace registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, he was working for Booth Newspapers - Saginaw News.
Wallace worked as a printer for the Saginaw News for 43 years and was also a member of Redeemer Lltheran church in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan.
Wallace also married Donna R. Ray on 16 August 1957 in Angola, Indiana.
Wallace had a daughter Bonnie L. Mertz Grzenia.
Wallace died on 17 June 2006 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan and is buried in the Chapel Hill Mausoleum, Freeland, Saginaw County, Michigan.
sources: marriage record, find a grave, WWII draft registration, Wallace's obituary.
Lauren Wallace "Larry" Mertz was born 19 July 1924 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. Larry graduated from Saginaw High School, Saginaw, Michigan in 1942. When Larry registered for the draft on 4 December 1945, he was a return Veteran. Lauren enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp on 10 December 1942 in Detroit, Michigan.
Larry was married to June Packard on 10 October 1944 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, by Rev. Charles W. Biastock,a First Baptist Church Pastor. Patricia M. Brown and Wayne Mertz were their witnesses.
He also married Kathleen McCully on 2 March 1968.
Larry retired after many years as an Auto and Leasing salesman. He was a long time memaber of BPOE Elks Lodge, #47 and an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Saginaw, Michigan. He also enjoyed helping the Saginaw Township Precinct with their voting. Larry joined and graduated the Citizen's Police Academy in 2015. He was a very gifted wood furniture restorer and enjoyed putting models together. He also enjoyed flying and had his pilot's license.
Lauren died on 10 May 2021 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. He is buried in the First United Methodist Church Memorial Garden, Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan
sources: draft registration, WWII Army Enlistment Record, marriage record, find a grave, Larry's obituary.
Wayne Roger Mertz was born 21 October 1927 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. He was a graduate of Saginaw High School, Saginaw, Saginaw County,Michigan. He married Caroline Hanson on 14 June 1947 in Indiana and was married for over 70 years. Caroline's parents were Harry and Martha Francis Mitchell Hanson.
Wayne and Caroline had two children:
Wayne had a career in Industrial Sales and Management. He was a life member of United Commercial Travelers, and also the Elks Lodge #47, where he served as a past District Deputy of East Central District. He was a bowler, and he became an avid golfer.
Wayne died on 12 April, 2017 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. He is buried in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan.
source: WWII draft registration, find a grave, Wayne's obituary, Indiana marriage record, Wayne's obituary