Mass of Christian burial celebrating the life of Renee Christine Mergen, age 87 of Albany will be 11AM Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Father Michael Naughton O.S.B. will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery following the service. Renee died peacefully in her sleep Monday evening at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany. There will be a visitation for Renee from 4-8PM Friday, July 19th and again from 10AM until the time of the service at the church in Albany. Parish prayers will take place at 4PM, and the Christian Mothers will pray the rosary at 6:30PM Friday evening at the church. Arrangements are being made with the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home of Albany.

Renee was born March 4th, 1926 to Catherine (Caspers) and Bernard Kulzer in Greenwald, MN. She was later baptized at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Greenwald. She married Michael Mergen on June 6th, 1950 in Greenwald. The couple lived on the family farm south of Albany where they worked and raised their ten children. She was an active member of the community volunteering for numerous organizations such as the nursing home and hospice. Renee was also very active in her church. She was a past member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Farming Township and currently a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany where she was a part of their mission group and also the Christian Mothers.

Renee is survived by her loving husband Michael Mergen, Albany; her children Jerome (Susan) Mergen, Albany; Joyce Belford, Austin, TX; Roger (Barb Garrison) Mergen, Albany; James (Carol) Mergen, Avon; Michael (Cyndi) Mergen Jr., Albany; Ronald (Michelle) Mergen, Paynesville; Yvonne (Rick) Wieber, St. Joseph; Robert (Lisa) Mergen, Albany; Dennis (Virginia) Mergen, Albany; her 30 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and her siblings LeRoy (Mildred) Kulzer, Albany; Anthony (Darlene) Kulzer, Greenwald; MaryAnn Samuelson, Chicago; and Irma Patras, Chicago.

She is preceded in death by her parents Catherine and Bernard Kulzer, her daughter RuthAnn Mergen, her infant sons Andrew, Richard, and Mark, her brothers Al and Nicholas Kulzer, her sisters Leona Zehrer and Monica Joaquim, and her daughter-in-law Rose Mergen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.