Barbara Mertens

Barbara F. Mertens

Friday October 2, 2020
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Barbara (Barb) Mertens passed away on October 2, 2020 after many years of failing health at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND.

Barb was born on March 1, 1957 to Fredrick and Frances Mertens in Staples, MN. She is survived by her mother; her children Melissa Cassell (Ryan), Jordan Mertens, and Nicholas Mertens; her partner of 22 years Jeff Lorentz; her grandchildren Chloe and Bianca her siblings Susan Weizel, Michael Mertens (Pamala), and Paul Mertens; her step-children Angela Lorentz and Alexander Lorentz; many, many friends; and three well loved cats. She is predeceased by her father.

Barb was a loving mother, a devote Catholic, and a wonderful friend. She was a giver and loved helping people. She lived in Wadena, MN for the last 27 years of her life and, during that time, she worked at many local businesses and made friends everywhere she went. To Barb, everyone she loved was family. Her children’s friends often called her “mom” and considered her house to be a second home. She loved to cook and was known around town, and in her family, for her potato salad. Barb brought joy to so many lives. When advised to “remember the good times” her mother said “with Barb, there were only good times.” She will be deeply missed.

Private services will be held. Donations and condolences for the family can be made through Taylor Funeral Home in Staples, MN.

Arrangements are with the Taylor Funeral Home in Staples.
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Shirley Norwood

Posted at 04:46pm
A friend, A neighbor, A coworker. Memories from over many years that will always bring a smile to my face, especially when I remember back to The Mary Rondorf Home (The Pad) There were several of us in on the shenanigans we used to pull. What one didn't think of, another did. To this day, I don't know how the nuns didn't know the mischief we were getting into. Perhaps they did, but knew we were getting our work done while having fun. Thanks for so many treasured memories.
Franny, Family & Friends,
My thoughts are with all of you. May you find comfort through the love you have for one another, and the love of others.
I am so sorry for your loss,
Shirley Kalisch Norwood

Sandy Cox

Posted at 02:22pm
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family.
SHS friends who shared many great times together.
In loving memory of a wonderful person.
Sandy Cox

Ginger Almer

Posted at 01:36pm
Barb was an Angel on Earth. My friend for 32 years and a second Mom to my three children, Isaac, Shanice and Shelby. I will greatly Miss her smile and laughter. May she rest in peace!!!! To Jeff, Nick, Jordan, Mellissa, Angie and Alex, Know that you were blessed with the best Mom ever and she lighted many life's in her short life!!!!
Ginger Almer

Joan Rach Holmberg

Posted at 08:10pm
My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you walk this test of faith. Lots of good memories as kids on the Southside! God bless

Judy & LeRoy Murphy

Posted at 11:52pm
Paul & families... So sorry to hear about Barb. May she rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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