Mr. Russell A. Mertz, 68, of Lehighton, Pa. passed into eternal rest on Tuesday, July 21st at his residence. He was the companion of Susie Long for over 13 years. Born in Lehighton, Pa. on Thursday, August 30, 1951, he was a son of the late Frederick & Dorothy (Hall) Mertz. He was employed at Behavioural Health Associates in Lehighton as a maintenance supervisor. He was of the Lutheran Faith. Russell enjoyed lawn maintenance and working on lawn mowers. In his spare time he loved taking "road trips", camping, fishing and spending time with his family & grandchildren. Surviving in addition to his companion Susie is a daughter, Kristy L. Mertz of Lehighton, 2 sisters, Martine, wife of Barry Snyder of Lehighton, Geraldine Yale of Packerton, 3 brothers, Ronald Mertz, & his wife Sarah of Beaver Run, Richard Mertz, & his companion Donna of Mahoning Valley, Larry Mertz, & his companion Val, of Mahoning Valley, a granddaughter, Hailee Ziegenfus, step-grandchildren, Alma Long, Daniella Long, BrynnLee Long, Hailey Long, Ethan Long, nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, June Koch, Betty Moyer, Marlowe Hancharick, & a brother, Gerald Mertz. Services & Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in the Packerton Cemetery. Memorial Contributions in his honor may be made to The American Cancer Society, 3893 Adler Pl, #170, Bethlehem, Pa. 18017. Online condolences can be offered at www.ovsakfh.com.
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