Laverne Mae Merklein, 80, Stockton, died Monday, Sept, 7, 2020, at Hays Medical Center.


She was born Dec. 4, 1939, in Norton to Ernest H. and Mathilda "Tillie" M. (Vogel) Grau.


She married Richard C. Merklein on Nov. 16, 1958, in Phillipsburg. He preceded her in death.


Survivors include two sons, Dale Merklein, Salina and Dwight Merklein, Thermopolis, Wyo.; a daughter, Sally Pywell, Burdett; two brothers, Delwin Grau, Littleton, Colo., and Melvin Grau, Phillipsburg; a sister, Leanna Driggs, Phillipsburg; a grandson; and several step-grandchildren; and step-great-grandchildren.


Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church, Phillipsburg; burial in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Rural Phillips County.


Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with family receiving friends 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, Stockton.


Memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church or Hays Good Samaritan Society, in care of the funeral home.


Condolences can be sent to the family at www.plumeroverlease.com and Live stream service.