(May 29, 1924 - May 9, 2005)
WAYNE -- Pauline Ferne Merchant, 80, died Monday (May 9, 2005), in Lincoln.
She was born May 29, 1924, to Paul and Ida (Meng) Kunde at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, S.D.
She was baptized and then confirmed on June 12, 1938 at St. John's Lutheran Church. She grew up on the family farm west of Yankton. She attended school at Lakeport Elementary School District No. 13, graduated in 1941, and attended Yankton College. During World War II her employment included the position of Personnel Administrator of the Martin Bomber Plant, located where Offutt Air Base is today. She also modeled fur coats at The Acquilla, an exclusive women's clothing store in Omaha.
She married Bob Merchant on Feb. 24, 1946, at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton. Following his military service, the couple made their home in Wayne, where he entered the oil business with his father. She served as co-owner and was the bookkeeper for Merchant Oil Company for 25 years.
She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Wayne, United Methodist Women, taught Sunday School, and was a sponsor for the the Methodist Youth Fellowship. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 54 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and five brothers.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; two daughters and sons-in-law, Paulette and Randy Cordes of York, and Joanie and Mike Jones of David City; two sisters, Alice (Erhart) Zwemke of Wichita, Kan., and Kathleen (Maury) Ekeren of Yankton; brother-in-law, Edward Christensen of Freeman, S.D.; sister-in-law, Darlene Kunde of Yankton; five grandchildren; and local extended family.
Services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Wayne with the Rev. Mary Tyler Browne officiating. Internment will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.
Visitation will be today from 2 to 8 p.m., with family present from 5 to 7 p.m.
Schumacher-Hasemann Funeral Home is is charge of arrangements.