The Life of Hilda I. F. Mertz

Hilda I. F. (Angstadt) Mertz, 87, of Fleetwood, died Friday, November 11, 2022, in her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was the widow of Kenneth W. Mertz who died May 3, 2020.  Born in Breinigsville, Lehigh County, Hilda was a daughter of the late George F. and Isabella (Bailey) Angstadt.  She was a member of Saint John's Lutheran Church, Kutztown, where she was a member of the visitation team for many years.

Hilda was employed as a housekeeper at the Evans Retirement Center, Fleetwood, for five years.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and husband, Kenny.  Hilda Liked to crochet, was a great cook and baker, and enjoyed gardening.  In her later years, Hilda found enjoyment in bird watching from her home.

Hilda is survived by two sons: Michael K. Mertz, husband of Linda L. Bixler, Hamburg; and Jeffrey D., husband of Linda L. (Fox) Mertz, Leesport; a daughter: Diane L. (Mertz), wife of  Gary W. Jowers, Fleetwood.  Other survivors include: a daughter-in-law, Diane L. (Rehrig) Mertz, widow of predeceased son, Keith A. Mertz, who died on August 6, 2018;  grandchildren: Robert K., widower of Christina (Kunkel) Mertz; Kelsie M.; Justin K.; Nicole L.; and Cody W. Mertz; great grandchildren: Robert Culmer and Kathryn Mertz.  In addition to her parents and husband, Kenneth, Hilda was predeceased by a granddaughter, Rebecca L. Mertz, on September 29, 2012; and two brothers: Mervin Gehringer and George Angstadt.

A funeral service to celebrate and honor Hilda's life will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. from Ludwick Funeral Homes and Cremation Care, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, with The Reverend James W. Schlegel, officiating.  Interment in Berks County Memorial Gardens, Fleetwood.  Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.

The family requests contributions in Hilda's memory be considered to Saint John's Lutheran Church, 201 East Main Street, Kutztown, PA 19530.

Ludwick Funeral Homes and Cremation Care, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements.  Memories and condolences may be shared at

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With Deepest Condolences

Diane and the entire Mertz Family,

The Oley Valley High School Class of 1978 sends its deepest sympathies to you at the passing of your Mom.  May your memories sustain you during this difficult time and may those memories brings smiles to you and ease your pain.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Oley Valley Class of 1978

Posted by Beverly A on 11/15/2022

Deepest Sympathy

Diane and Family,

Steve and I are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time.  We got to know your mom and dad many years ago as Steve worked with your dad and occasionally we would stop at their house if he was outside.  I got to know your mom that way and also at church picnics.  They would go to the picnics at the twin churches in Moselem and we would see them there.  She would always come over to talk and tell us to put our chairs there with her and your dad.  We would share stories and she would tell me how you were doing.  Such a sweet, sweet lady who will be missed by all who knew her.


Steve & Beverly (Brewer) Angstadt

Posted by Beverly A on 11/15/2022