Mrs. Merla died Sept. 10, 2001.
She was born Dec. 7, 1941, in Lawrence, the daughter of Elmer and Lois (Parker) Schaake.
Mrs. Merla was a member of Calvary Apostolic Church and worked as a counselor for New Directions.
She married Harry Merla. He survives of the home.
Other survivors include a son, Kenny Van Duyn, Placerville, Calif.; a stepson, Steven Merla, Santa Rosa, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Lori Schaumleffel, Colfax, Calif.; and six grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Mount Diablo Cancer Center, 2540 E. Street, Concord 94520.