In Memory

Harold Merse

Harold Merse

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11/16/16 09:50 PM #1    

Gail Weintraub (Stern)

I really didn't know Harold during our 6 years at Walnut Hills. But, I did speak with him at length at our 70th Birthday Reunion in June and prior to Rick Steiner's service only 10 days ago.

Harold was amazingly kind and sensitive. I don't think that he had a mean bone in his body. Our Saturday night reunion conversation was one of the highlights of my evening. I will miss talking with him. He was a gentle soul. Rest in peace, Harold.

11/16/16 10:52 PM #2    

Philip Spiess

Although I was not close to Harold during our WHHS days, I've had several most pleasant exchanges with him on this site, both public and private.  These suggested that we would have gotten along very well indeed if we'd been physically closer (in the same city) and had had the opportunity to be in more constant communication.  Alas, that opportunity no longer exists.  So rest in peace, friend.  [P. S.:  Bruce Fette's comments on the Forum really bring to life Harold's characteristics as he was in our WHHS days.]

11/17/16 08:40 AM #3    

Fred Hoeweler

Harold and I used to travel home from WHHS, taking the bus from the back circle to Knowltons Corner and then transferring to College Hill.  On our 70th reunion, we had the opportunity to reconnect on the bus tour to OTR and my wife and I had a brief conversation with Harold after the tour.  I believe he said he had been a retired pharmacist.  I lament not having had more conversation with him.  Rest in peace friend.

11/17/16 10:20 AM #4    

Ann Shepard (Rueve)

I just want to concur with what all have said, Harold was such a kind, gentle man. We chatted about how clever Rick's name for the next reunion to celebrate turning 75, expressed as the fraction Three Quarters. I so looked forward to seeing them both in 2021.  As I wrote on the Message Forum, you never know God's plan, so perhaps I will!  

11/17/16 08:05 PM #5    

Sandy Steele (Bauman)

So sorry to read this news. I also spoke to Harold at Rick's funeral and our reunion in June. A very good person, and yet another big loss for our class of 64.

11/18/16 05:21 PM #6    

Helen Sayrs (Hurley)

I went through College Hill Elementary School & WHHS with Harold & never really knew him.  From the brief conversations with him at the last reunion and Rick's funeral, I am of the impression that he was a kind, gentle soul that I would have enjoyed having as a friend.  How sad that we sometimes pass up these chances!  Today I went to the visitation and met his lovely wife Susan and daughter Cindy.  Before going, I decided to look through my class photos from elementary school & find the ones in which Harold and I were in the same class.  We were in 3rd & 5th grade classes together.  I photocopied these and took them with me to the visitation.  Susan and Cindy were so happy to receive them.  Harold's death was a complete shock.  He was thought to be in perfect health until an unknown aortic aneurysm ruptured before he could even be taken to the hospital.  Heart-wrenching! 😥

11/29/16 06:56 PM #7    

Tina Preuninger (Hisrich)

As Helen mentioned, Harold was in our College Hill Elementary School class. He was the same in elementary as at WHHS and later:  kind, helpful, intelligent. He was a retired pharmacist, looking forward to getting back in touch with classmates. I had questions for him at the reunion from a future pharmacy student who works at my CVS. He was most helpful and welcomed any emails from her in the future. He did not change through the years but only grew more gracious and remained gentle in spirit. I'm glad Helen had those class photos and copied them for his family. So thoughtful a gift for them. I do regret being unable to to make either Rick's or Harold's funerals. Grieving is best done in community.....,,,,my condolences to Susan and family. 

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