Phyllis Elaine Merritt
Phyllis Elaine (Krahe) Merritt passed away peacefully at home on March 26, 2020 with the love of her life holding her hand. She was born January 2, 1950 in Erie, Pennsylvania to the late Mark and Phyllis Krahe. Phyllis grew up with nine siblings in East Springfield, PA, and attended Northwestern Schools. While in high school, Phyllis was active on the cheerleading squad. It was in high school that she met David Merritt. The two fell in love and created a beautiful love story that lasted 52 years. Together they had six children. Without fail, Phyllis always put her family first, and supported her husband and children through both good and trying times, exemplifying what it meant to be a truly wonderful wife and mother.While raising her children, Phyllis graduated from Villa Maria School of Nursing in 1986, and began working at Hamot Hospital. From there, she then went on to work at Ashtabula County Medical Center on the Drug and Alcohol Unit, and ended her career in 2009 as an Erie County Drug and Alcohol Case Worker. In the midst of working, she obtained a BS in Psychology from Edinboro University in 1996. Phyllis had a love for art that she expressed throughout her life. Creating things brought her joy, and it seemed like her artistic talent had no limit! Her creations ranged from traditional sketches, to acrylic and oil canvases. She upholstered, did macramé, shot and developed photos, wove baskets, sculpted—anything to feed her creative soul. She was the original Pinterest Queen before Pinterest was even invented! She had a habit of ripping pages from magazines of things she liked, and kept folders of them to refer to when she was ready to create something new. In addition to being the ultimate arts and crafts woman, Phyllis was also an amazing cook and baker. Anyone who visited the Merritt home got the chance to sample her baked treats, and always came back for more! Phyllis was also fond of the outdoors, and made a point to surround her home with flowers and beauty. She enjoyed living near Lake Erie, and especially loved visiting Eagley Park in North Springfield, PA. She was predeceased by her son, Eric Lee Merritt, her parents, Mark and Phyllis (Nagle) Krahe, her in-laws, Jack and Catherine (McCoy) Merritt, brother-in-law, Jack Merritt II, and niece, Melanie Jo (Krahe) Richter. Phyllis is survived by her loving husband, David Lee Merritt, and their five children: Christine Girouard, Scott Merritt (Kristin), Joelle McCarthy (Rick), Jill Muchiarone, and David Merritt Jr. (Rebekah). Also survived by 14 grandchildren: Jacqueline, James, Casey, Benjamin, McKenna, Elizabeth, Lauren, Zachary, E.J., Rylee, Ava, Lia, Avery, and Andrew. Phyllis was one of 10 and is survived by Maureen Eastman (Gail), MaryAnn Salisbury (Ronald), Dede Shumake (Jim), Mark Krahe (Melinda), Nancy DeMichele, Lori Alexander (Mark), Tracy Swift, Scott Krahe, and Bob Krahe (Lori). She also is survived by her much loved in-laws: Judy Lund, Diane Wright, Patricia Burt, Theresa Teed, Kim Fedinetz, Bud Merritt, and Stacy Hemstreet. She will be greatly missed by countless aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. The family would like to send a special thank you to Kate from hospice, who went above and beyond in making sure mom was well cared for. Also a special thanks to Aunt Pat, Kyleigh, Terri, Tina and Mary Lou, who provided mom with exceptional care. Funeral services will be a private graveside memorial. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date for extended family and friends when it is safe again for groups to gather. Charitable donations can be made in Phyllis’ honor to the Erie Alzheimer’s Association. The Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. To send condolences or light a memorial candle, please visit .
Offering our most sincere condolences to the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the Lord give you his comfort and his peace.
Sorry for your loss. Just read about it.
May Phyllis’ soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace. Eternal rest grant unto them oh Lord. May your perpetual Light shine upon them. Amen!!!
Dave & Family
Our deepest and sincere sympathies on your loss. May God grant Phylis an eternal place there in heaven. Your Wooster Family
Dave, I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending condolences, prayers and love to the Merritt and Krahe families.
Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to care for Phyliss in her home. Our team loved being with her. She is in our hearts and her legacy will live on.
We pray for peace over the family!
Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to Dave and family plus all the Merritt and Krahe families. God Bless!
We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family.
Dave, so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.
I am glad I had the chance to meet this beautiful soul..you will all be in my prayers..keep her memory alive in your hearts. God bless
My deepest sympathy to the family.
Condolences to your family.
I am so sorry for your loss. Keep her alive through your memories.
My heart goes out to Dave and all of Phyllis’s loved ones.
My deepest sympathy to the family
So sorry for your loss my thoughts and Prayers to the Merritt and Krahe family
Sending all my love and prayers to the whole family.
Our deepest sympathy to Dave and family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
David and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Phyllis for several years at Hamot on 4 Main. She was a wonderful lady, she will be missed.
So sorry for your loss Phyllis was a great lady she fit right into the Merritt Family perfectly she could tease just as good as we could going to miss her and her smile
So very sorry for your loss.. Prayers for the Merritt & Krahe families.. God Bless you all..
Deepest Condolences. Will be keeping Krahe and Merrit families in prayers
So sorry for your loss. Phyllis was a kind and sweet soul who always had a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed.
David and family, you are in our heart, our thoughts and prayers. Phyllis was indeed a very sweet and loving lady. We were blessed to have known her.
Offering our most sincere condolences to the entire family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. What a blessing she was.
We were all saddened to hear about Phyllis passing away. To David Lee and all the kids, please accept our condolences and prayers at this time. God Bless.
We are so heartbroken to hear of your loss. We are praying for the Merritt family.
Our deepest sympathy to Dave and his family as well as the Krahe family. May you feel the power of prayers now and in the days,weeks ahead.
Condolences to Dave and family.
Sorry for your loss.
Our sincere sympathies to the Merritt family.
Dave and entire family, please accept our sympathy for your loss of Phyllis. We know very personally how difficult it is not to be able to gather as a family, because of this Virus distancing.
To the entire Merritt Family,
So sorry to hear of Phyllis’passing. Our hearts and thoughts are with you all.
My sincere sympathy to David and all the family.
Our deepest sympathies and prayers
So very sorry. Our deepest sympathy to Dave and all of the Merritt and Krahe Families. Phyllis was a special lady and classmate.
We are so very sorry for your loss
I an very sorry and am Praying for all the family
So sorry for your loss - a lovely lady inside and out! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time!
Our sincere sympathy to Dave and the family.
We are so sorry for your loss, Phyllis was a wonderful person. Keeping you all in our prayers.
Our hearts go out To David Lee & all the Merrits.You all can take great comfort in the fact that Phyllis is healthy and happy in the arms of Jesus.
(Remember), God loves ya & so do we!!
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all during this difficult time.
Thinking of you all. Phyllis was such a sweet person, and will be greatly missed.
Our sincere condolences from the members of Moose Lodge, Orillia, Ontario
Our thoughts and prayers are with David and family.
Our thoughts and prayers for her family and friends! We’re so very sorry for your loss! God Bless you all!
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Dave and All of Phyllis’s Family,
We are so sorry for your loss, and send our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the Lord Give You His comfort and His peace.
Gary & Lisa Daugherty
My deepest sympathy to Dave and his family.
Our deepest sympathy to the Merritt and Krahe families.
My deepest sympathy to the Merritt family.
My condolences to the entire family, She always had a smile on her face, She will be missed by many.
So sorry for your loss, prayers for David and family