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Obituary for Betty Mae Mergl
Betty (Elizabeth) Mae Mergl, 84, passed away in Denver, CO on May 22, 2016. She had been in hospice care after a recent fall at her assisted living complex. Betty was born on August 30, 1931 in Omaha, Nebraska, to Edward Sedlacek and Agnes Marie (Skavril) Swirczek. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School, and married Aldrich Norbert Mergl from Brainard, NE, on February 9, 1951. Betty first started her working career in bookkeeping for the First National Bank, Omaha. She was a claims secretary for Lloyd's of London, Tacoma, WA, and a payroll supervisor for Western Paving Company, Denver, CO. She and Al eventually settled in Deer Trail, CO, on the eastern plains to raise their six children.
While in Deer Trail, she became a very active advocate in the area of senior citizens and aging. She was a very proud executive director of the Tri Valley Senior Citizens Association from 1977-1994. She served on the advisory board for the Arapahoe County Transportation Service and the Arapahoe County C.S.B.G. Funds. An avid grant writer, she coordinated the first shuttle services for seniors traveling the 1-70 corridor for their many important appointments and health needs. She also served on the CO Governor's Volunteer Citizen Board, Denver and became a member of the Senior Centers of Colorado in which she was able to secure funding to have the first senior center built in Deer Trail, CO. She also was a committee member of Colorado Congress of Senior Organizations and a delegate to the Colorado Governor's Conference on Aging.
She served her local community as a school board member of Deer Trail School District 26J. She was also an advisory board member on the Arapahoe Regional Library Committee in which she was instrumental in organizing the first library for Deer Trail, still located at the local high school. She most recently “retired” in 2014 after 30 years of volunteering for senior clinics through Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. She was a great cook, enjoyed cards games with friends, crafts and reading.
Betty is survived by her husband of 65 years, Al Norbert Mergl, daughters, Christine Donovan (Dennis) and Meredith Mergl Lopez (Temple) and sons, Kenneth Mergl (Kathy), Gerald Mergl (Linda), Allan Mergl (deceased), Brian Mergl (Tim), 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Her family would like to thank Peak View Assisted Living and Denver Hospice for their end of life care.