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Merck, Anthony J.
B: 14 Jul 1898, Odessa, Russia
E: Emigrated on 03 Jun 1912 to Laredo, Texas and his family was among the Germans from Russia who emigrated to North Dakota.
D: Dec 1964, age 65, Wilmington, NC
Buried: Dec 1964, Hallock, Kittson County, Minnesota.
Margaret Jane Jerome b. 18 Jan 1901 in Red River Township to Napoleon Jerome and Eliza Renville d. 23 Jun 2001

FN: Joseph John Merck
MN: Katherine Cecilia Eberle

Parents of Margaret Jerome:
FN: Napoleon Jerome b. 16 Apr 1865 d. 18 Apr 1947
MN: Eliza (Elise) Renville b. 18 Oct 1868 d. 15 Jan 1927

Anthony "Tony" spent his entire adult life employed by the Great Northern Railway at various locations in the Red River Valley area of North Dakota and Minnesota which included Humboldt, Minnesota and later in Ada, MN and Argyle, MN. His wife, Margaret, was the granddaughter of Andre Jerome, the first settler of Kittson County, Minnesota.

He loved the game of baseball and volunteered many hours to support and to solicit support of youth and adult amateur teams. He served as manager, coach and umpire for many years. The Knights of Columbus Council in Argyle, Minnesota, where he resided for many years, owes its existence to his efforts in getting it organized. Because of his active leadership, he was honored to be elevated to the Fourth Degree at Crookston, Minnesota.

Children of Anthony J. Merck and Margaret J. Jerome:

1. Anna Marie Merck
B: 06 Apr 1923, Fargo, ND
M: (1) James M. Whalen b. 27 Sep 1919 d. 22 Dec 1974
M: (2) Robert R. Craik b. 06 May 1922 d. 13 Sep 1992

2. Anthony J. Merck Jr.
B: 30 Jan 1925, Tolna, ND
D: 1943, In the service during WWII
Buried: Hallock, Minnesota

3. Leo Jerome Merck
B: 03 Nov 1926, Casselton, ND
M: Beverly Horn. Resides in Wilmington, NC

4. Lawrence Michael Merck
B: 05 Mar 1928, Humboldt, MN
M: Janice Bucholz b. 02 Dec 1933. Resides in Eagan, MN.

5. Robert Burton Merck
B: 03 Mar 1930, Humboldt, MN
Lived in St. Cloud, MN

6. Edward Mathias Merck
B: 19 Oct 1931, Humboldt, MN
M: 15 Jun 1962, Josephine Connell. Resides in Jacksonville, AR

7. Catherine Louise Merck, Sister, OSB
B: 01 Jun 1943, Ada, Norman County, MN
Prioress of Mount St. Benedict Monastery, Crookston, Minnesota, resided in Argyle, MN in 1999.

Margaret Merck, 100, Obituary

Margaret Jane Merck, 100, died June 23, 2001, at Saint Cloud MN. She was born Margaret Jane Jerome on January 18, 1901 at Red River Township, Kittson County MN, daughter of Napoleon and Eliza Jerome. Her grandfather, Andre Jerome, was the first settler of that county. As a youngster she lived with her parents on farm property which had once been Fort Pembina.

With her husband and family, Margaret was a long-time resident of communities in the Red River Valley including Humboldt, Ada and Argyle. She and her husband moved to St. Cloud when he retired from the Great Northern Railway. Following his death (1964), Margaret resided in Apple Valley and Burnsville for several years before moving to St. Cloud.

Margaret was a devoted member of the Catholic Church throughout her life and actively participated in church-related organizations. She was noted for the fine crochet and sewn items she donated to fund-raising activities and clothing she made for her less fortunate neighbors. An exceptional cook, she became known as the 'cookie lady' for the snacks she always had ready for the young who sought her out. Her gentle, kind and generous nature endeared her to all who knew her.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Anthony J. Merck, son Anthony J. Merck, Jr., nine brothers, Louis, Earnest, Julius, Gabe, John, Abe, Amos, Roger, and Edward, and three sisters, Agnes, Mary Leathers, and Elizabeth Younggren, son-in-law Robert Craik, daughter-in-law Beverly Merck, and grandson Timothy Merck.

Her survivors include her daughters Anna Marie Craik, St. Cloud MN, and Sister Catherine Merck, Prioress of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, Crookston MN; sons Leo J. Merck, Wilmington NC, Lawrence M. Merck and his wife Jan, Eagan MN, Robert B. Merck, St. Cloud MN, and Edward M. Merck and his wife Jo, Jacksonville AR; 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, June 30, 2001. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock MN.

The family requests that memorials be sent to Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 620 E. Summit, Crookston MN 56716.