AKRON – Catherine J. Merley, 94, of rural Akron, passed at 4 a.m. Monday, April 5, 2021, at her residence.

Catherine was born on Jan. 1, 1927, in Silver Lake, at her family home to the late John Isaac and Eva Shilling Sands. On May 4, 1947, she married C. William "Bill" Merley in Silver Lake. He preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 2011.

She was a 1945 graduate of Silver Lake High School and then attended Manchester College. She was a homemaker, helping on the family dairy and hog farm. Catherine enjoyed reading and learning about the Civil War. She took many trips and even sat through a hurricane in the Outer Banks. She was an avid college sports fan with her favorite teams being Indiana University basketball and Notre Dame football.

Catherine is survived by four sons: Bill Merley Jr., Indianapolis; John and wife Donita Merley, Akron; Mark and wife Sherry Merley, Akron; and Brent Merley, Akron; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a brother, Carl Sands, as well as an infant brother.

Visitation hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 10 at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. The funeral service will be at 12 p.m. Saturday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Pastor Stan Owen and Pastor Luke Vasicek officiating.

The interment will take place in the Akron Cemetery, Akron.

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Donations can be made in memory of Catherine to the Fulton County Animal Adoption And Education Center, 1540 N. Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975.

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