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Nina Merten

Nina Merten, 74, Howe, died Monday, July 11, 2016 at her residence.

    She was born July 31, 1941 to Herschel and Ruth Tomlinson.        Spending her childhood in Amarillo, Texas, she attended the University of Oklahoma. Her professional career was spent in the banking and financial world, working mostly in Champaign, Ill., and Muncie, Ind. She retired in 2011 from Summit Securities Group in Muncie. She was actively involved in various organizations such as Altrusa International and the Girl Scouts.

    Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Don Merten; two sons, Mark, Chicago, Ill., and Tate, Collinsville, Ill.; two daughters-in-law, Diana and Angie; seven grandchildren, Benjamin, Kasey, Nikolas, Chelsea, Ronnie, Myke, and Anthony; one great-grandchild, Ava; a sister-in-law, Barbara Merten; and one nephew, Herschel (Rusty); and two nieces, Terri Tomlinson Barker and O’Neal. 

    She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Herschel (Tommy).

    Memorial celebration will be 1-4 p.m. Friday, August 5, at Pine Knob Park in Howe.

    Memorials may be directed to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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    Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange is in charge of arrangements.