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Fern Frances (Duff) Merila

February 25, 1931 — December 12, 2023

Ashtabula

Fern Frances (Duff) Merila, 92, passed away peacefully on December 12, 2023, at Saybrook Landing in Saybrook, Ohio.

She was born on February 25, 1931, in Ashtabula, Ohio; the daughter of William and Mary (Martell) Duff.

On November 10, 1948, Fern married Paul Merila; they spent seventy-two years of loving and devoted marriage until his passing in 2021.

Fern was a homemaker who took great pride in providing a lovely home where she and Paul raised two wonderful daughters.

She enjoyed baking especially for others, doing puzzles and taking walks.

Fern is survived by her loving children: Victoria (Neil) Riippa and Paula (Guy) Korvig; her grandchildren: Debbie, Todd, Craig, Amber and Andrew; her great-grandchildren: Zachary, David, Sienna, Finley, and Emmett and her siblings: Warren Duff, Grace Loftus and Florence Erickson.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul in 2021; her siblings: Louis, James, William, Theodore, Eugene, John, Ella and June.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, December 18, 2023, from 11:00a – 12:00p with a funeral service to follow at 12:00p at the First Grace Gospel Church, 5730 Adams Avenue in Ashtabula, Ohio, with Pastor Larry Emery officiating.

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Visitation

Monday, December 18, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

First Grace Gospel Church

5730 Adams Ave, Ashtabula, OH 44004

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Funeral Service

Monday, December 18, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

First Grace Gospel Church

5730 Adams Ave, Ashtabula, OH 44004

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