Merle S. Vertes (nee Schumann), 84, of Pepper Pike, lived a long and full life, marked by a variety of pursuits and an unwavering dedication to her family, beginning with husband Victor, who passed away almost 7 years ago in October of 2014.

Merle was born on November 12, 1936 in Cleveland to Sam “Buddy” Schumann and Eleanor Schumann (nee Steffens). She graduated from Hathaway Brown School and attended Briarcliff College. Merle’s passions were varied - from old black-and-white movies to the contemporary theater; from traveling the world with Victor (all over Europe, South America, Asia and India) to sitting alone reading; from her garden to her grandchildren. Merle knew how to enjoy the best things life has to offer, and she had the time of her life enjoying them. Boredom was anathema to her. She occupied herself with grand pursuits, but also the basic pleasures of checking in with friends and family, sharing a meal and taking rides in the car.

Merle was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Victor Vertes, MD; and by her parents, Sam “Buddy” and Eleanor Schumann. She is survived by her children, Keith (Kay) of Seaside, Fla., Peter (Joseph Purton) of Moreland Hills, Adam (Martha) of Pepper Pike and Melissa Butler (Michael Hietanen) of Moreland Hills; grandchildren, Eleanor (Logan Koffler), Joshua, Michael, Maren, Sarah and Morgan; and her brother, Mark Schumann (Christina) of Chagrin Falls.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on June 25 at the Mayfield Mausoleum. Due to the pandemic, the family requests no visitation in the home.

Contributions in Merle’s memory can be made to the Merle S. Vertes Memorial Fund c/o the Hathaway Brown School, 19600 N. Park Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH 44122.