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“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. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Mandy Jones - Harlan, IN - Family

“Sara,I will keep you and the family in my prayers. Love Aunt Shelley ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Shelley Merkler - Ft Wayne, IN

“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...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Pat and Kathy Merkler - Tulsa, OK

“Sara;so sorry for your loss. We've been praying for you and Emma. ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Renee Procise - Fort Wayne, IN

“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...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Judy Poiry Gradl - Louisville, KY

“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....Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Ann Tucker - Ossian, IN - Friend

“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...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Meredith Simpkins - Taylor Mill, KY


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