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Merle Schuessler

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Mr. Merle P. Schuessler of Nashville, departed this life at Belleville Memorial Hospital in Belleville, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 5:08 A.M. He had attained the age of 77 years, 5 months and 24 days.

Mr. Schuessler was born on November 16, 1938 in Belleville, the son of Edwin and Pauline (Juenger) Schuessler. He was united in marriage to Barbara Carman on January 26, 1957 and she survives his passing.

Merle was a lifelong farmer and was a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Biddleborn, and the United Mine Workers. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sporting events and driving to look at the crops and reporting to his family.

Left to mourn his passing is his wife Barbara Schuessler of Nashville; three daughters, Pam Schwartzkopf and her husband Raymond, Susan Polczynski and husband Matt and Melody Wilson and husband Todd all of Nashville; eight grandchildren, Kristi Karch and husband Barry, Katie Kellerman and husband Adam, Nicholas Schwartzkopf and friend Ashley Johnson, Amanda Niedbalski and husband Eric, Heather Maschhoff and husband Garrett, Joshua Wilson and wife Lindsay, Andrew Wilson and wife Danelle and Michael Wilson and fiancée Ashley Harre; 12 great grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Schuessler of Fairview Heights, and Shirley Hoepker and husband Dan of New Canton; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Stanley and Curtis Schuessler and one sister, Jane Hoelscher.

Funeral services were held at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Biddleborn, on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 with Pastor Nancy Shubert officiating and with interment in the church cemetery.

Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Church of Christ or the Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home.

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