Sylvia Tietjen Mertz
Sylvia Tietjen Mertz was the youngest child born to Anton and Ella Schulze Tietjen in 1924 on a farm in Rutersville Texas. She lived with her parents for over 40 years, assisting with farm and tending to their care until their death.
Valedictorian of her high school class in 1942, she began her career at the title company, moving to the law offices of Oeltjen & Schovajsa until her retirement in 1992.
In 1966, she bought her home in La Grange, soon thereafter, met Claude Mertz, who became her husband and best friend of 48 years.
Sylvia was a member of the Order of the Sons of Hermann, the VFW Auxiliary, and St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.
She was predeceased by her brother, Anton, and sister, Esther. She is survived by husband, Claude and numerous in-laws and nieces and nephews, including James, Donald, and Clay Tietjen.
A visitation will be held from Noon until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2016 in the Fayette Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the family present from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Grange with interment to follow at the La Grange City Cemetery.