Vera Irma Mertz

June 27th, 2021

Vera Irma Mertz of Kamloops, BC, passed away on June 27th, 2021 at 89 years of age. Vera is survived by her children Lenard (Carolyn) Mertz of Kelowna, BC, Lawrence Mertz of Courtenay, BC, and Miriam Lewis of Langley, BC, grandchildren Cheri (Chad) Lewis, Korina (Ryan) Rushton, Ryan Mertz, Randene Larlee, Jade (Jamie) Connors, Keaton Mertz, and Nina (Cole) Mackin, great-grandchildren Tuscany Larlee, Taycie Larlee, Taylyn Larlee, Kaliegh Mertz, Evan Mertz, Chase Rushton, Orin Rushton, Sadie Mackin, Tyla Mackin, Cy Mackin, Scarlett Connors, and Emmeline Connors. Also left to cherish her memory are her siblings Adeline Sylvester, Bill Sturm, Ray Sturm, Al Sturm, Lil Davie, Ella Manfredi, and Shirley Geyer.

Vera is predeceased by her husband Gus Mertz, her son Marvin Mertz, her father and mother, Gothilf and Caroline Sturm, her brother Gus, and her sister Rose.

Born in Maple Creek, SK, on August 20th, 1931, Vera moved to Kamloops when she was a young woman, which is where she met her husband Gus. They moved to Calgary for several years, but eventually moved back to Kamloops where they settled and raised their family of 4 children. Vera and Gus were active in their community and their church, the Full Gospel Tabernacle. Vera was known for her amazing hospitality, and her ability to cook meals for large numbers of people. She was often asked to organize and cater weddings and events for friends and family. Her beautiful lace wedding cakes were the centerpiece at many weddings over the years. In her retirement, Vera was the senior’s pastor at Full Gospel Tabernacle.

A Memorial Service for Vera will be held at 1:30pm on Sunday, July 11th, 2021 at Full Gospel Tabernacle, 1550 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, BC.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Overland Care Hospital, and the team on the Trinity Unit.


Vera used to be our neighbour in Brock on LoLo Street. We enjoyed our times visiting with her and her family back then. So sorry for your loss she was such a lovely woman.

I will miss her with all my heart as im sure so many will veras only been my friend for 20 yrs but it feels like ive known her all my life she hosted several christmas partys for my family at the apt where she lived . Well dear as vera would say with a hug

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