Sunday, November 14, 2010
Walter Henry Frederick Merzke
Walter Henry Frederick Merzke, the eighth child, was born at home at 39 Henry St. on March 28,1899. He was baptized May 28, 1899. His sponsors were Dora Smarcz, Fr. Tomaschke and Fr. Gabbie.Walt, who was known as “Scoop”, married a widow, Muriel Hazel Dake on July 5, 1927 in Concordia Lutheran Church. Attending them were Scoop’s brother, Erwin Merzke and Nellie Scheik.
Walt worked for some time in tailoring and then as a truck driver for White Linen Supplies Laundry. Muriel worked as a re-winder for Eastman Kodak Co., and in a bookbindery. Walt and Muriel’s first home was located at 133 Fairfax Road. They moved to 1000 Clinton Avenue North. Later they moved to 49 Moulson St. and then to 32 Rosalie Drive, Greece, N.Y.
Muriel’s first husband was Fred Daub. Together they had a daughter Hazel P. Daub who is still living. Fred Daub died January 14, 1923. Walt and Muriel had one child together, a son, Gerald Donald Merzke who is also still living. Walt died May 19, 1962. Muriel died eleven years later on August 20, 1971. They are buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Penfield, N.Y. along with many other members of the Dake family.