Jane E. Merkey, 85, farmer, Mount Hope UCC member, Green Dragon standholder

By on January 31, 2018

Jane E. Merkey, 85, of Manheim, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018.

Born in Rapho Township, she was the daughter of the late Amos and Grace Haldeman Hoffer. Jane was the loving wife of Mark H. Merkey, and they would have observed their 63rd wedding anniversary in March of this year.

For many years Jane helped her husband on the family farm. She attended Mount Hope United Christian Church, Manheim. Jane and Mark enjoyed having a stand at Green Dragon Farmers Market. Over the years Jane volunteered by playing the piano in three churches. Throughout her life her passion was her family; and she treasured her time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Mark, are two sons: Ray, husband of Angie Merkey; Harold, husband of Wendy Merkey, all of Manheim; a daughter: Donna Marie, wife of John Shenberger of Lititz; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister: Lois, wife of Ronald Long of Manheim; three brothers: John, husband of Shirley Hoffer of Lancaster; Mark, husband of Jonna Hoffer of Manheim; and Nelson Hoffer of Manheim.

Preceding her in death is a grandson: Dalton Merkey; two brothers: Clair and Paul Hoffer; and a sister: Nancy Krall.

Services were Jan. 31 at Mount Hope United Christian Church, Manheim. Interment will be private in Mastersonville Cemetery.

Please omit flowers. Contributions may be sent in Jane’s memory to Samaritan Purse, P. O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

To send the family online condolences, visit BuchFuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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