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Jane Elaine Mercer

The Chatfield News of Chatfield, Minnesota

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Jane Elaine Mercer, of Rochester, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at Shorewood Senior Campus.

Jane was born July 6, 1940, in Rochester, to George and Lula (Young) Pagel. She was raised in Marion. She was involved in 4-H as a child and loved raising and showing her Duroc pigs and Holstein cows. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1958. Jane met Gerald Mercer and they were married on Nov. 18, 1961, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester. They were married for 44 years. They had two children, Steven and Kay. She was a bank manager for many years.

Jane loved the farm and all the animals. She was a devoted Twins fan and also enjoyed music. She was a lifetime member of Bethel Lutheran Church and a member of the Senior Citizen Center. She was an amazing cook and loved to make her scratch German chocolate cake for her brother, Tony. Her hobbies included sewing, quilt making, bowling coach, playing softball, and spending time with and spoiling her three grandchildren, Stephanie, Shelby and Cody.

Jane is survived by her children, Steven H. (Jackie) Mercer of Charles City, Iowa, and Kay M. (Keith) Mahoney of Cannon Falls; three grandchildren, Stephanie and Cody Mercer and Shelby Mahoney; one sister, Marion (Bill) Friedrich of Chatfield; and one brother, Clif (Lea) Pagel of Rochester.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; parents; two sisters, Luella Lorch and Viola Noerenberg; and one brother Tony Pagel.

A funeral service was held on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at Bethel Lutheran Church, with the Revi Linda Helberg officiating. Burial was at Grandview Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed to Jane's favorite charities.

Online condolences are welcome at

Macken Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

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Original Publication Date: October 21, 2015

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