amelia mergen
Amelia Nicksick Mergen, of Arlington, TX formerly of Weirton, WV, died Saturday March 12, 2016. She was born in Slovan, PA, a daughter of the late Theodore and Mary Matich Nicksick. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Michael Mergen, a sister Sophia Spartage Zinaich and brothers, George, Dushan, Michael, Nicholas, Bogdan and Theodore, Jr. and sister-in-laws Marcella, Nell, Thelma and Elizabeth, and Bernice. Amelia is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Pamela Mergen Saunders and husband, Larry W. Saunders; grandsons, Craig W. Saunders, and his wife Denise Saunders, Dr. Bradley M. Saunders, and his wife Cara D. Saunders; her three great grandchildren, William Michael, Ella Jo, and Noah Clay Saunders. Her heritge extended to four generations, that she was blessed to meet in her life. Amelia graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned her Graduate Degree from West Virginia University and University of Pittsburgh. She retired after 46 years of teaching in secondary schools in Burgettstown and Hickory PA, Tyler TX and Weir High School, Weirton WV. At Weir High School, Mrs. Mergen served as Advisor of the National Honor Society for 15 years and was succeeded by Sarah Jane Anderson, Esq., who established the Amelia N. Mergen Scholarship in 1984, which is offered to National Honor Society seniors. Amelia also served as Y-Teen Advisor for 15 years, served as Class Sponsor and Commencement Advisor, Weir High representative to Hancock County Education Association and served on numerous faculty committees. She served as part-time faculty member of West Liberty Branch College, the forerunner of WV Northern Community College, Weirton campus, where she also served as Sorority Advisor. Mrs. Mergen was a member of the National Education Association, WV Education Association and the Hancock County Association of Retired School Employees. She was a member of The Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church in Steubenville, OH, where she taught the church school for twenty years, served as member of the church board and served as "Kuma" of the Petar Krstich Choir. She was a member of the Weirton Vidovdan Circle of Sisters of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America. Amelia was a past member of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Honorary, Gamma Chapter, Delta Pi Epsilon, National Association of University Women, Weirton Woman's Club and AARP. She was a member of WV Northern Community College "Friends of the College", the Weirton Transit Board, having served as secretary-treasurer and as a member of the Alumni Association of several universities. Friends will be received Friday from 4-8 pm at Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Pomen services will be held at 7:30 PM Additional visitation will be held Saturday from 12:00 until the 1:00 pm funeral service at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church at 528 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, OH. The Very Reverend Father Rade Merick will officiate. Interment will be in Mt. Prospect Cemetery in Hickory, PA. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Weir High School, 100 Red Rider Road, Weirton, WV 26062. On the memo line please write Amelia Mergen Scholarship Fund.

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  1. My condolences Pam. Have thought of Mitz often over the last few yrs. Am sending prayers to you and the family.

  2. I wish to extend my prayerful support on the loss of your mother. She was a great lady in Weirton and beyond. I have many fond memories of her at Weir High.

  3. Beautiful woman & excellent teacher! It was an honor to have had her as an influence in my life. Condolences to the family. May she rest in peace.

  4. She was an amazing teacher and I feel privileged to have been one of her students. She always had a smile on her face.

  5. May the Lord accept your kind soul. You were one of my favorite teachers at Weir High. I graduated in 1987 and will always remember the impact you had on my life. You taught me how to be accountable for my work. Most of all you were one of my biggest fans when it came to football. Not once did you ever miss pulling me aside to wish me a good game on Friday night. May God bless you and your family.

    Michael Hrabovsky and family.

  6. what a super lady!!! She would walk thru the halls greeting people instead of acting as if she was too busy to even see all of us. May you have the satisfaction in knowing that you were loved by many!! We thank you for all of your love and of course the way that you taught. Rest In Peace!!

  7. So sorry to hear of her passing. She was a dedicated educator, mentor, mother, and wife. Condolences and prayers to Pam and her family.

  8. Dear Pam and Family, your mother will always be remembered with much fondness. She always looked out for our well-being and for that we are very thankful. She made a difference in the lives of the women of our Class of 1963 that dwells within us to this day. My sincere condolences. Your classmate, Karen Barber Falbo

  9. My condolences. Great memory of her being my teacher at Weir High School. She came to my mother’s funeral and recorded it for me.

  10. Kuma Mitz….what a lovely soul you were. Growing up in the Serbian Church you were such a special lady, and left such a wonderful impact on all of us kids that were so lucky to have had you in our lives. You will be greatly missed. Heaven just added a beautiful angel. Many condolences to the family of Mrs. Mergen.

  11. What a wonderful person. She took time to encourage all of us in a lot of ways: kind words, deeds, & financially. Rest in Peace. You were loved by many!

  12. Beloved Amelia is singing with heavens choir and enjoying being together with her loved ones. We will miss her kind and loving ways with grace! Protinica Zorine Sokolovic and Family

  13. Dear Pam and Family,

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I’ll never forget her warm smile and gracious welcome when our families got together. I know that nothing anyone can say will take away the pain of your loss.

    Deepest sympathy,

    Helen Lofland Callaghan

  14. What a truly inpsirational woman whom I am so blessed to have known and been loved by. Teta Mitz came to all our tammie concerts, always had a hug/smile at church and always encouraged me to work hard and go after my dreams. I remember as a teen reading a bio about her where she quoted Micah 6:8 as her inspiration – “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” She truly lived her life this way and inspired and influenced so many. Memory eternal!!

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