BLUFFTON — Eilene Mericle, of Bluffton, celebrated her 90th birthday April 11, 2014. A party is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. today, April 13th, at First United Methodist Church, in Bluffton. The family request that gifts be omitted.
She was born April 11, 1924 in Allen County to Ross and Arah Tripplehorn. On Sept. 17, 1942, she married Gene Mericle, and he died in October of 1997.
Mericle has one son, Jerry (Joan) Mericle, of Chesterfield, VA; and two daughters, Karen (Jewell) Dukes and Nancy (Don) Klingler, both of Bluffton. She has one daughter-in-law, Beth Mericle, of New Middletown. Two sons, John Mericle and Tom Mericle are deceased. She has 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Two grandchildren are deceased.
She is a member of First United Methodist Church and has been a Bluffton resident her entire life.