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Janice R. Mertes, 98, Williamsville resident, school librarian

Janice R. Mertes, 98, Williamsville resident, school librarian

Jan. 11, 1919 – Aug. 20, 2017

Janice R. Mertes, a retired librarian and one of the longest-standing members of Brookfield Country Club, died Aug. 20 in her Williamsville home. She was 98.

Born in Buffalo, the former Janice Robinson earned master’s degrees in English literature and library science at the University of Buffalo.

She served as a librarian at the former Grosvenor Library, and also at the Central Library in downtown Buffalo.

While raising her family, Mrs. Mertes continued working as a substitute librarian in several schools. In 1969, she began as a full-time librarian at Hoover Elementary School in the Town of Tonawanda.

After retiring from the position at the school, she worked until she was 80 at the Emporium in Clarence Center, where she was known as “the Candy Lady.”

A member at Brookfield since 1951, she served as ladies bridge chairman and was active in ladies and couples golf and bowling.

She was a member of P.E.O. International, a philanthropic organization which provides opportunities for women. She also was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority for 76 years.

Her husband of 31 years, Jerome D., a certified public accountant with Keller Associates, died in 1983.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen; a son, Charles; and a granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Forest Lawn.

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