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April 8, 1934 ~ October 28, 2022 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Norman F. Merz, 88, of Holmdel, NJ peacefully passed away at home with his family by his side on Friday, October 28th. Norman was born in Newark, NJ on April 8, 1934, a son of the late Elise and Fritz Merz who both immigrated from Aalen, Germany. He was raised in Springfield, NJ and later settled in Bridgewater, NJ for 35 years before retiring to Holmdel in 2000.
Norman started his career as an apprentice machinist at RCA where he worked on the Moonshot Project. The Moonshot Project is now displayed in the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Norman then went on to work as a machinist at Ethicon in Bridgewater and KDI in Parsippany.
Norman was Mr. Fix-it. He enjoyed tinkering and fixing anything that his family needed. His family was his first priority. He was a doting grandfather, known as PopPop and loved being with his grandchildren. He was so proud of their accomplishments as they grew into adulthood. In earlier years, Norman liked to go fishing and the family enjoyed the fresh trout. He also loved gardening, the NJ shore and traveling in Europe with his wife. He will fondly be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.
Norman is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nancy Lee Merz and their two children and their spouses; Donna Lee and Steve Freeman, of Frenchtown and Gary and Elke Merz, of Fort Monmouth. He also leaves behind his 3 beloved grandchildren; William Freeman, Anja Merz and Ava Merz. Norman was predeceased by his brother Curtis Merz, formerly of Springfield, Missouri.
A Memorial Service will be held at Readington Reformed Church, 124 Readington Rd. Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889 on Saturday, November 12, 2022. Friends and family are welcome to gather at 10:00 am for fellowship with a service beginning at 11:00 am and invited to remain for brunch. Norman will rest in the Readington Reformed Church Memorial Garden where benches built by William for his Eagle Scout project are installed.