Phyllis Elaine Merritt

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 www.matterafuneralhome.com.

Condolences

Left by  “Beatrice & LeRoy Gevin” on 04/09/2020

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.

Left by  “Becky Cutchens & Barry Nyberg” on 04/05/2020

Sorry for your loss. Just read about it.

Left by  “The Ochalek Family” on 03/31/2020

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!!!

Left by  “Woosters” on 03/29/2020

Dave & Family
Our deepest and sincere sympathies on your loss. May God grant Phylis an eternal place there in heaven. Your Wooster Family

Left by  “Jan Stevens-Evans” on 03/29/2020

Dave, I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending condolences, prayers and love to the Merritt and Krahe families.

Left by  “ZEPHYR Intellectual Services, llc” on 03/29/2020

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!

Left by  “Bob & Pat Kaleida” on 03/29/2020

Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to Dave and family plus all the Merritt and Krahe families. God Bless!

Left by  “Dale and Diane Williams” on 03/29/2020

We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family.

Left by  “Bonnie Peyton” on 03/29/2020

Dave, so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Left by  “Terri” on 03/29/2020

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

Left by  “Beatrice & LeRoy Gevin” on 03/29/2020

My deepest sympathy to the family.

Left by  “Doug Swift” on 03/29/2020

Condolences to your family.

Left by  “Melinda Chamberlain” on 03/28/2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Keep her alive through your memories.

Left by  “Dan Lechefsky” on 03/28/2020

My heart goes out to Dave and all of Phyllis’s loved ones.

Left by  “Nancy Walker Stover” on 03/28/2020

My deepest sympathy to the family

Left by  “Linda Dunham” on 03/28/2020

So sorry for your loss my thoughts and Prayers to the Merritt and Krahe family

Left by  “Christy "Copeland" Feick” on 03/28/2020

Sending all my love and prayers to the whole family.

Left by  “Jim and Debbie McCommons” on 03/28/2020

Our deepest sympathy to Dave and family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Left by  “Michelle Miller” on 03/28/2020

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.

Left by  “Chuck merritt” on 03/28/2020

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

Left by  “Teri Weidler” on 03/28/2020

So very sorry for your loss.. Prayers for the Merritt & Krahe families.. God Bless you all..

Left by  “Wendy Oakley” on 03/28/2020

Deepest Condolences. Will be keeping Krahe and Merrit families in prayers

Left by  “Mary Jo Merritt” on 03/28/2020

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.

Left by  “Jim and Debbie Feldmiller” on 03/28/2020

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.

Left by  “Hank and Suzan Miraldi” on 03/28/2020

Offering our most sincere condolences to the entire family.

Left by  “Carl and Judy Pry” on 03/28/2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. What a blessing she was.

Left by  “Rob, Becky, Jay and Micah Glus” on 03/28/2020

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.

Left by  “Joseph and Janey Hosey” on 03/28/2020

We are so heartbroken to hear of your loss. We are praying for the Merritt family.

Left by  “Chuck and Robyn Graham ” on 03/28/2020

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.

Left by  “Linda Walbridge Melvin” on 03/28/2020

Condolences to Dave and family.

Left by  “Stu & Mary Ann Revak” on 03/28/2020

Sorry for your loss.
Our sincere sympathies to the Merritt family.

Left by  “Bob and Sandy( Rotko) Laycock” on 03/28/2020

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.

Left by  “Mike and Donna McNeish” on 03/28/2020

To the entire Merritt Family,
So sorry to hear of Phyllis’passing. Our hearts and thoughts are with you all.

Left by  “David Brandon” on 03/28/2020

My sincere sympathy to David and all the family.

Left by  “Roger and Kris Copeland ” on 03/28/2020

Our deepest sympathies and prayers

Left by  “Janet & Charles Chandler” on 03/28/2020

So very sorry. Our deepest sympathy to Dave and all of the Merritt and Krahe Families. Phyllis was a special lady and classmate.

Left by  “Dana and Mike Kuhn” on 03/28/2020

We are so very sorry for your loss

Left by  “Linda Yusko-Kalka” on 03/28/2020

I an very sorry and am Praying for all the family

Left by  “Dale and Joyce Sherman” on 03/28/2020

So sorry for your loss - a lovely lady inside and out! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time!

Left by  “Leroy and Laura Mooney” on 03/28/2020

Our sincere sympathy to Dave and the family.

Left by  “Perry and Debbie Fuller” on 03/28/2020

We are so sorry for your loss, Phyllis was a wonderful person. Keeping you all in our prayers.

Left by  “Sister Lorie & Mark” on 03/28/2020

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!!

Left by  “Mimi Porter” on 03/28/2020

I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all during this difficult time.

Left by  “Raine & James Sumner” on 03/28/2020

Thinking of you all. Phyllis was such a sweet person, and will be greatly missed.

Left by  “Brian Campbell ” on 03/28/2020

Our sincere condolences from the members of Moose Lodge, Orillia, Ontario

Left by  “Bob Marrison & Joan Sibley” on 03/28/2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with David and family.

Left by  “Dave & Jody Harayda” on 03/28/2020

Our thoughts and prayers for her family and friends! We’re so very sorry for your loss! God Bless you all!

Left by  “Pete and Brigitte Rotko” on 03/28/2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family.

Left by  “Bill chase” on 03/28/2020

I am so sorry for your loss.

Left by  “Lisa Daugherty ” on 03/28/2020

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

Left by  “Lou Taylor” on 03/28/2020

My deepest sympathy to Dave and his family.

Left by  “Ron & Karen Otteni” on 03/28/2020

Our deepest sympathy to the Merritt and Krahe families.

Left by  “Kathy Orr” on 03/28/2020

My deepest sympathy to the Merritt family.

Left by  “Deb Steele” on 03/28/2020

My condolences to the entire family, She always had a smile on her face, She will be missed by many.

Left by  “Bruce & Nancy Roberts ” on 03/28/2020

So sorry for your loss, prayers for David and family

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