RENATE HEDWIG (DAHMS) MERICLE
Renate Hedwig (Dahms) Mericle, 71, of Perrysburg, passed away February 23, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital with her loving family by her side. Renate was born June 5, 1948, in Hamburg, Germany. After high school, she worked at the Gasthaus Adler in the Black Forest, where she met Bob in 1966, while he served in the United State Army. They fell in love and married in 1969 in Ludwigshafen, Germany. After moving to the United States, Renate and Bob would often play Scrabble, which helped her learn the English language; though English was her second language no one could beat her at the game. She also formed great friendships with a special group of German ladies with whom she enjoyed many fun times over the years.
Renate attended Davis College, where she began her career as a travel agent and later worked in hospitality and retail. Her most special legacy was as a mother and wife, exemplifying strength, grace and love. Her favorite thing was spending time with family, especially lunch dates with Rosi, casino trips with Lisa, watching Jeopardy with Bob, playing games with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and hosting special holiday parties for them. Renate’s authentic German cooking would bring back memories for Bob of when they fell in love. She also enjoyed reading, garage sales and flower gardening; if anyone had a green thumb, she had two. Renate could enjoy anything, anywhere.
She is survived by her husband, Robert; children, Rosaly (Mike Creque) Mericle and Lisa (Todd) Zieman; grandchildren, Michael (Steffany) DeWitt, Oliver Zieman and Olivia Zieman; greatgrandchildren, Dominic, Cheyenne and Aura DeWitt, and many more special family members, both in the United States and Germany. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kurt Julius Ceasar and Lisa Marie (Ischer) Dahms; brothers, Kurt Dahms, Jr. and Christian Dahms; nephews, Maik Dahms and Jason Mericle.
In honor of Renate, friends and family are invited to attend a luncheon and celebration of her life on Sunday, April 26, at Schaller Memorial Hall, 130 West Indiana Avenue, Perrysburg, from 12 to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Renate’s name to the Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio, 3100 Central Avenue #150, Toledo, Ohio 43606.