joined his two sisters, Alma and Bonita in Heaven on January 20,
2013. He spent his entire life farming his 3rd generation farm in
Sublimity. Edward loved people and could entertain them with his
amusing stories for hours. He was quite a memorable character,
indeed. Even though his formal education was limited, he was a
skilled mechanic. Edward could take apart his Caterpillar in the
Fall and put it back together like new in the spring. He enjoyed
tinkering in the shop, welding during the off season,
fishing and hunting, especially pheasant hunting.
Edward never married,
but treated his nieces and nephews as family. Some joined him
farming on different occasions. His sister, Alma Merzenich had six
children; Mary Brockway, Dr. Edward Merzenich, Dr. Michael
Merzenich, Theresa Sprague, James Merzenich, and Catherine Ellis.
His other sister, Benita Ebner, had five children: Alois (Ollie)
Ebner, John Ebner, Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Ebner, Douglas Ebner, and
Rebecca (Becki Ebner) Cook. We shall all miss his jovial spirit.
Edward was a lifetime
member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, the Knights of Columbus
and St. Boniface Catholic Church. A special thank you to Mike,
Judy, Steve and Travis Pelletier, for all their care and kindness
to Edward over recent years. Recitation
of Rosary will be held at St. Boniface Catholic Church in
Sublimity on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11:00 am with Mass of
Christian Burial to follow at 11:30 am. There will be a reception
following and all are welcome. Private interment in St. Boniface
may be made to Regis High School. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.