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A graveside service for George E. Merle, a retired corrections officer, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Merle, 86, formerly of Attica, died Tuesday (June 26, 2001) in Brooksville, Fla., after a long illness. He retired from Attica Correctional Facility in 1968.

He operated a dairy farm, was on the board of Agway and was a member of Dairylea, Eastern Holstein Inseminators, the Wyoming County Farm Bureau and the Wyoming County Extension Bureau.

Merle was a member of First Wesleyan Church of Batavia.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Dorothy Wertman-Hauger Merle; two daughters, Renita Vitalone of Brooksville and Teresa Gerhardt of Attica; a son, Jeffrey Hauger of Attica; two sisters, Margaret Merrill of Alexander and Dorothy M. Dolan of Attica; and seven grandchildren.


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