In Memory of

Jane A. Mertes

December 16, 1949 - November 7, 2021
From: Rockwell City, IA

Rockwell City – Jane A. Mertes 71, passed away Sunday, November 7, 2021 at Shady Oaks Care Center, Lake City.  Memorial Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 11, 2021, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Rockwell City, with Fr. Lynn Bruch officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial.  Burial of ashes will be at St. Francis Cemetery.  Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.  Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City is serving the family.

     Jane is survived by her sister Sue Daisy of Rockwell City; sister-in-law Cheri Brennan of Pheonix, AZ; nieces, Lonnie Holder, Lea Rastetter, Kenzie Brennan, Diane Baker, and Shelly Lucas; nephews, Justin, Jake and Joe Brennan; several great nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband Doug Mertes; parents, Bernard and Eleanor (Ricklefs) Brennan; brothers, Patrick, Michael, and Ron Brennan; and brother-in-law Terry Daisy.

     Jane Annette Brennan was born December 16, 1949 at Fort Dodge, Iowa.  She graduated from Rockwell City High School, with the Class of 1968.  In 1972, she graduated from Wayne State College with a degree in Elementary Education.  Jane later earned a Masters Degree from University of South Dakota.  On August 4, 1984 she was united in marriage to Douglas Mertes at LeMars, Iowa.  The couple established their home in Merrill.  Jane taught in the LeMars School District for 34 years until her retirement in 2006.  Doug passed away in 2007.  In 2008, Jane returned to Rockwell City.  She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.

Memorial Mass
10:30 a.m. - Thursday
November 11, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Father Lynn Bruch
9:30 a.m. - Thursday
Nov. 11, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Organist - Fran Lawson
Cantor - Lisa Wozniak
St. Francis Catholic Cemetery
Rockwell City, Iowa


Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 9:21 AM
“So sorry for the loss of this dear person. She always had the smile to charm anyone. Her kindness was true and giving. ”
- Jack Bradley

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 11:08 AM
“Kenzie~~We were sorry to hear about Aunt Jane passing away. Your Christmas Day will be different this year as you always shared treats with Aunt Jane on Christmas afternoon. But being reunited with your Dad in heaven has to be awesome for the two of them. Love you! ”
- Kim & Clayton Fjerstad

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 7:01 AM
“Sue, we are saddened for your loss of your sister Jane. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
- Ron and Kathy Lyle

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 8:23 PM
“Jane was one of the best neighbors Traci and I could ever have we will miss her smile and just her love for life”
- Dennis and Traci

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 9:18 AM
“Jane was such a wonderful person and friend. The entire class of '68 has such great memories of her. ”
- Vicki J McCarville

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 9:07 AM
“Sue and families... I want to acknowledge a Life Well Lived... Class of 68 knew Jane as caring, kind, funloving bundle of energy. We rode the same bus for High School. Jane was an experienced bus rider when I joined that bus route my freshman year. She made me feel welcome and explained the rules of the road! We shared many HS events and classes and friends. I think, however, the most important contributions Jane made was to her Elementary Students. She loved, nurtured, and educated hundreds of kids. She won awards while trying to improve education. She poured her heart into all of her students. She definitely had an impact on many futures. Then she retired and moved back to RC and was involved in community, helping her elders, etc. Jane was a gift to many. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to know her. Laura Feld”
- Laura Feld

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 7:05 AM
“Rest In Peace Jane what a beautiful person heaven gained.”
- Janice Wetter

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 12:19 AM
“I am so sorry for the loss of Jane. I will always remember her smile and spunk! I enjoyed her so much...”
- McCurdy Jane

Monday, November 8, 2021 at 10:08 PM
“Sue and Kenzie,
We are so sorry to hear of Jane's passing.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Cathy McIntire and Katie Fester”
- Cathy L McIntire

Monday, November 8, 2021 at 8:58 PM
“I graduated from High School with Jane. Such a fun and caring person. My sympathies for her family. She was sure a wonderful person. ”
- Lynette Kretlow Marksbury

Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:02 PM
“To Jane’s family. Karen and I are saddened to hear of Jane’s passing. Jane was such a bright spirit always. Her kindness and thoughtfulness were treasures. I taught school with Jane for a few years and her students loved her. We were good friends. Karen and I stopped last year to see Jane and are so glad we did. She will be missed . Find comfort in knowing she is in God’s care now. May the Peace of Christ be with each of you.
Most Sincerely
Dan and Karen Griffith ”
- Dan and Karen Griffith

Monday, November 8, 2021 at 4:22 PM
“Sue, I am so sorry for your loss. It has been a long time since we have had a chance to visit each other. Please take care. ”
- Ella Fistler

Monday, November 8, 2021 at 3:02 PM
“So very sorry to hear of Jane’s passing..I worked at Shady Oaks and visited with Jane every day I worked..she always had a smile and a friendly greeting..loved her sweets😘. My prayers are with all of you🙏🙏🙏”
- Judy Hendricks

Monday, November 8, 2021 at 2:20 PM
“So sorry for your loss . Jane was a great woman . She had an infectious laugh . Fly high Jane ”
- Marilyn Jean Bigelow - Henry

Monday, November 8, 2021 at 11:21 AM
“Sue I am so sorry for your loss of your dear sister..I remember bumping into her while garage sailing at Twin Lakes..such a kind person..My thoughts and prayers are sent to you dead Sue..”
- Buse-Schoon Jeanette

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