Emma Lou Merkler

  • Died: July 15, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Covington Knolls

8325 Covington Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family

Emma Lou Merkler, 5 months old, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Emma was born on January 30, 2019 in Fort Wayne, IN. Emma was a fighter and very feisty. She spent her entire life in the NICU and endured surgery after surgery and fought through. Her middle name Lou means "Warrior" and she portrayed that meaning to the fullest. Emma was a great hand holder and loved when her mother sang her favorite song "A Thousand Years," to her. She was loved by many and will be missed. Survivors include her mother, Sara Merkler, grandfather, David Merkler, Uncles; John (Alycia) Merkler, Joseph (Melissa) Merkler, many cousins; Noah, Tyler, Ayden, Ella, Kerrington, Elijah, Ryan, and Grace. She was preceded in death by her twin brothers; Jacob David Merkler and Lucas Paul Merkler, grandmother, Lou Ann Merkler, and cousin, Gabriel Merkler. Funeral service will be held on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 11am with calling 2 hours prior from 9am-11am at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 917 West Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Officiating the service will be Pastor Dan Schaffer. Memorial donations may be directed to Emmanuel Lutheran Church. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.domccombandsons.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sara I am so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful little girl. I am thinking of you during this difficult time. Prayers to you and your family.

Posted by Mandy Jones - Harlan, IN - Family   July 19, 2019

Sara,I will keep you and the family in my prayers. Love Aunt Shelley

Posted by Shelley Merkler - Ft Wayne, IN - Family   July 19, 2019


Sara - Words cannot express our sadness for you and your family during this difficult time. Emma Lou will never be forgotten and she will be in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace Sweet Emma....

Uncle Pat and Aunt Kathy

Posted by Pat and Kathy Merkler - Tulsa, OK - Family   July 19, 2019

Sara;so sorry for your loss. We've been praying for you and Emma.

Posted by Renee Procise - Fort Wayne, IN   July 18, 2019

Sara - Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We hope that it's comforting to you to know your Mom is taking good care of her!
- Brad & Jan Bloomfield

Posted by A friend   July 18, 2019

Dave- My deepest sympathy to you, Sara, and all your family on the death of your precious granddaughter, Emma Lou. She did indeed bear the name of two of God's most beautiful creations- her great-great grandmother & her grandmother. I will be keeping you all in my prayers for comfort and healing.

Posted by Judy Poiry Gradl - Louisville, KY   July 18, 2019

I followed Emma's journey through her cousin, Rosie's, posts. I never met Emma or her mommy, Sara, but they have both been in my prayers every night. That sweetheart touched many lives and God has prepared a special place for her up in heaven. It warms my heart to know that she is now free of tubes, machines, and pain. Sleep peacefully, sweet baby.

Posted by Ann Tucker - Ossian, IN - Friend   July 17, 2019

I was truly blessed to be a part of Emma Lou and Sara's journey in Cincinnati. I feel a void when I drive by the hospital, knowing that Emma and Sara aren't there. Little Emma fought so, so hard, and Sara was by her side almost every minute. Sara could not have been a more dedicated and loving mother, and it was beautiful to watch her in action. I am so sad for this tremendous loss. My favorite visit was last Thursday when Emma was so alert, with her beautiful, blue eyes wide open. She was apparently enjoying my silly song, because she stared intently at me the whole time I sang (even with my not-so-great voice). I will never forget the joy that I felt in that moment and how Sara and I both cried tears of joy to be in the presence of such a beautiful baby! How blessed we all were to have this sweet baby with us, even for a short time. She touched so many lives, near and far. Rest in peace, sweet baby.

Posted by Meredith Simpkins - Taylor Mill, KY - Friend   July 17, 2019

Family Album

Sara and Emma!