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Jennifer E. Mertz, 50, of Sanford, passed away on November 12, 2020 at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. She was born on August 28, 1970 in Royal Oak, MI to the late John and Beth (Taylor) Huskins. On July 12, 1997 she married John W. Mertz at Michigan State University and they shared 23 years together.

 

Jennifer has a masters degree and worked as a lab coordinator for Central Michigan University. She was an avid Michigan State University fan and loved watching their football and basketball games. They traveled to watch games when they could and even traveled to some of the bowl games. Even through her cancer Jennifer was a fighter and didn’t give up. She loved her family most of all and they always came first with her.

 

Jennifer is survived by her husband, John, children, Joel and Jenna, two aunts, one uncle and several nieces and nephews.

 

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home from 4:00 – 7:00 pm with cremation to follow.

 

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Cancer Society.

 

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Mertz family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Michele Harmala (ASCD)

    19 November 2020 4 days ago

    Thinking of you and your family, John. Prayers for peace and my deepest sympathy.

  2. Michael Leppek

    19 November 2020 4 days ago

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss.

  3. Beth LaRose

    19 November 2020 4 days ago

    Dear John, Joel and Jenna,
    Sending prayers for this great loss in your lives. One never forgets the love shared.
    My thoughts are with you.
    Beth LaRose

  4. Scott Family

    18 November 2020 5 days ago

    Our prayers for strength and peace today and in the days ahead. May your memories bring you comfort.
    Mike, Sarah & Blair Scott

  5. Scott Family

    18 November 2020 5 days ago

    Prayers for strength today and in the days ahead. May your memories bring peace and comfort to you all.
    ~Mike, Sarah & Blair Scott

  6. The Faulkner Family

    17 November 2020 7 days ago

    Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Diane Joles

    16 November 2020 1 week ago

    Dear John, Joel, and Jenna,

    So sorry for the loss of your wife and mom. Sending healing prayers during this difficult time. Let memories of the times you shared with her give you comfort and joy.

  8. Anonymous

    16 November 2020 1 week ago

    Dear John and family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. May the comfort of the Lord sustain you through these difficult days. Jenny Geno

  9. Shannon Meyers

    15 November 2020 1 week ago

    Jennifer was such a fantastic lady. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Wishing strength and comfort for John, Joel and Jenna.

  10. Chrissie Kaufmann

    15 November 2020 1 week ago

    Jennifer was such a great cousin to me, it was like she was a long-lost sister. I am so thankful for how she made it a priority to get our families together. I can’t believe she is gone already – it just doesn’t seem right. She was so special, funny, and smart. I will miss her so much. Dear Cousins John, Joel, Jenna – I love you and am so very sorry for this huge loss. I know that Jennifer would hug you all forever and never leave you, if she had had a choice.

  11. The Rezmer Family

    15 November 2020 1 week ago

    A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. I am truly sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences and may our thoughts and prayers help comfort you.

  12. Deborah Cain

    14 November 2020 1 week ago

    John, Joel and Jenna

    Wishing hugs, love, hope and peace as you now start your life with out Jennifer being physically with you. May your memories keep her always in your heart.
    Deb, Jerry and Rachael

  13. Jamie Rydman

    14 November 2020 1 week ago

    Prayers through this very difficult time. May the many memories that you have together bring you peace

  14. Anna Davis

    14 November 2020 1 week ago

    John, Jenna and Joel,
    We are so terribly saddened to learn of Jennifer’s passing. We knew her as an incredibly devoted and proud mother and gymnastics enthusiast. May that fierce love live on in you and be a source of comfort. She will be still be cheering the loudest during every big and small moment in your lives. Please know that we are thinking of you and wishing you peace during this difficult time.
    – Jeff, Anna, Abigail and Lucy

  15. Thomas Trombley

    14 November 2020 1 week ago

    Sending prayers and love to the entire family. Our deepest sympathy. John, Joel an Jenna, you are dear to my heart. As a family find comfort. God Bless.

  16. Rebecca Crowder

    14 November 2020 1 week ago

    John, Joel and Jenna~
    I am so sorry for the loss of your wife and mother. Sending you thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We are hoping your memories of Jennifer will always brighter your day.

    The Crowder Family

  17. The Weavers (Lisa&Lily)

    13 November 2020 1 week ago

    John, Joel, & Jenna,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We can’t even imagine how hard this must be, but we hope that you all know that we are praying for strength & comfort for you…

  18. Nicole Napolitano

    13 November 2020 1 week ago

    John
    I am so very sorry for your loss.
    Prayers for you and your children.

  19. Eddie Collins

    13 November 2020 1 week ago

    I don’t know your family well and didn’t plan on leaving a comment, but then I got my “God Wink” bumping me in the right direction. Reading Jennifer’s information, I see we share a birthday: August 8th–that’s all I needed. I won’t pretend to know what your family is going through, but I will tell you that you will now be getting “Mom Winks” and “Wife Winks” when you least expect them as she watches over the three of you.
    God Bless and Prayers are With you from Olivet.

  20. Sara Lodewyk

    13 November 2020 1 week ago

    Dear John, Joel, and Jenna,

    I am so saddened by your loss. May your hearts always remember the love and joy you shared with Jennifer.

  21. Denice Dickinson

    13 November 2020 1 week ago

    John, Joel and Jenna~
    I am so sorry for the loss of your wife and mother. Sending healing thoughts and prayers as you all go through this very difficult time.
    WIshing you peace in the days and weeks to come.

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