Edryne Anna Merten, 91 of Hudson, Ohio, formerly of Mt. Olive, died Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 6:30 a.m. at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, Ohio. She was born on November 29, 1925, in Mt. Olive to the late Edwin Kuenneth and Alma Heusler.
She married Helmut L. Merten who preceded her in death on March 19, 1995. They got married in Mt. Olive on October 5, 1957. Growing up, Edryne attended Mt. Olive Public Grade School and Mt. Olive High School and graduated with the Class of 1943. She continued her education at St. Louis Business School for two years and graduated with an Associate’s Degree.
Edryne grew up in Mt. Olive as a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church where she was baptized and confirmed. After moving to Hudson, Ohio, she joined the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church where she was on the Discipleship Board and sang in the Women’s Guild Choir. She was an executive secretary for Monsanto Company in Ohio.
She was an avid bridge player in her younger years and enjoyed playing tennis with several women’s tennis groups. After her husband Helmut died, she spent time visiting Ken and his family in Brussels and Washington D.C. She was an animal lover focusing her attention on her German shepherds, Leila and Kai, and supported several animal welfare groups.
She leaves behind one son, Kenneth (Susan) Merten of Hudson, OH and one sister-in-law, Doris Monke Kuenneth of Mt. Olive.
In addition to her parents, Edwin & Alma Heusler Kenneth, she was preceded in death by her husband, Helmut L. Merten, and brother, James Kuenneth.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Mt. Olive. Funeral service will follow on Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery along with her husband Helmut’s urn.
Memorials are suggested to Mt. Olive Academic Foundation and Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Becker & Son Funeral Home, Mt. Olive is in charge of arrangements.