This site is dedicated to sharing information and memories about the family of Henry and Maria Smarcz Merzke and their collateral relatives. Henry, Maria and their parents were all born in Stolp in the Pomeranian region of what was then Prussia. They were married, settled in Rochester, New York and eventually had sixteen children. This is the story of those people, their ancestors, descendants and the families of the people they married.
Henry & Maria Merzke Family Circa 1925 - (front) Maria, Henry, Marjorie & Floyd. (rear) Lillian, Rose, Erwin, William, Marian, Charles, Albert, Walter, Henry, Jr., & Ella
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Willian Paul Merzke
William (Bill) Merzke
William Paul Merzke was the twelfth child. He was born at home on February 5, 1907, the first of the children to be born at 181 Weaver St. He was baptized May 16, 1907 at Concordia Lutheran Church. William’s sponsors were William Main, Paul J?, and Mina Bonke. He was confirmed on May 20, 1921 at Concordia Lutheran Church.
Bill, Billy John & Sadie
William, who was known as Bill, married Sadie Elizabeth Bark who was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They were married on July 4, 1925 by Rev. Harry Long, pastor of Bethel Full Gospel Church on 20 Ripley St., Rochester, NY. Their first home was with Sadie’s parents at 80 Medfield Drive. For a short time they lived at 101 Woodbine Avenue. They moved to Irondequoit and lived there until moving to 38 East Park Road, RD 2, Pittsford, Monroe County, New York. Bill and Sadie had one son, William John (Billy John) Merzke who is still living.
Bill & Sadie
Bill worked as an auto mechanic for several years. Sadie worked as a bookkeeper. Bill then went into building. However, during World War Two when home building was at a standstill, he worked as a foreman for the Eastman Kodak Company. Following the war he went back to building. He formed William P. Merzke & Son, Inc. Bill had wonderful and innovative ideas that made him a well respected builder. Most of his building was done in the Pittsford, NY area. His houses are among the finest of their time.
Sadie died on January 6, 1975. Bill died October 11, 1984 in Lake Worth, Palm Beach, Florida. They are buried in White Haven Memorial Cemetery.