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Charles R. Mergenhagen, 73, a retired steel salesman, died Saturday (Aug. 22, 1998) in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness.

A lifelong resident of Buffalo, he was a graduate of Canisius High School and Canisius College. He worked as a steel salesman with Brace-Mueller-Huntley, Heppinstall of Pennsylvania, Ajax Steel & Forge, A.J. Finkl of Chicago and Var-Tech of Buffalo. He retired in 1990.

Mergenhagen was an avid sportsman and took part in several hunting and fishing expeditions. His friends and family knew him as a master story teller promoting laughter and camaraderie at all occasions.

Survivors include his wife, the former Margaret Meyers; three daughters, Joanne Reville of Los Angeles and Ruth Kuntz and Kathleen; two sons, Robert of York, Pa., and Thomas; two sisters, Patricia McCadden and Sally Weber; and five grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday in George J. Roberts & Sons Funeral Home, 2400 Main St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 91 Dakota Ave. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cheektowaga.

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