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  Mr Merkel
From: Brian Williams pugturd at alltel.net> on 2005.04.03 at 14:48:21(12822)
I just got some very sad news. Mr Merkel passed away yesterday he was 94
years old. I remember visiting his small nursery many times on my
florida trips. It was always a pleasure to stop in and see him. He took
extremely good care of his plants and had sold me many of the plants
that now make up my collection today. Each time he would take me through
his collection and show me what he had been propagating and selling. I
seemed to have a good eye for his mother plants or plants he was not
willing to sell. But I always left with a box full of new aroids and
plants. I will miss the visits and the talks as well as his booth at the
aroid show.
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2005.04.04 at 03:22:09(12825)
>From: Brian Williams <pugturd@alltel.net>
>Reply-To: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
>To: 'Discussion of aroids' <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
>Subject: [Aroid-l] Mr Merkel
>Date: Sun, 03 Apr 2005 17:48:21 -0400

Dear All,

Brian, thanks for the news. We of the IAS have truly lost a living
treasure in the passing of Albert Merkle. I was at his nursery just late
last week, spoke at length w/ his daughter, she told me that he had dozed
off and had fallen out of his chair, and as a precaution they had admitted
him to a hospital for tests and a head MRI, he was OK, but they kept him in
bed for over 3 days at the hospital, and I guess this was just too long a
time for him at his advanced age, when he tried to get out of bed he could
no longer walk, and I guess his body began to shut down. We shall miss
his presence terribly.
Goodby, my friend Albert Merkle.


From: "ron" ronlene at bellsouth.net> on 2005.04.04 at 06:55:17(12827)
Actually, if one goes back far enough, Jean and his brother Norman were
pioneers in the orchid and tropical plant world a half century ago. They had
one of the first large nurseries importing orchids from around the world to
Boynton Beach, Florida. Norman was a President of the American Orchid
Society. After Jean sold the nursery he could not retire. Then came the
"small" nursery. Look up their interesting history. Ron Kessler

From: "Russ" chammer at cfl.rr.com> on 2005.04.04 at 21:09:16(12832)
Sad news about Albert. Does anyone know the plans for the nursery? Are
relatives going to close it?
I've never been there, but would like to make a visit for Aroids if they're
considering closing.


From: "ron" ronlene at bellsouth.net> on 2005.04.06 at 04:57:26(12841)
There was no Albert.

-----Original Message-----
On Behalf Of Russ

From: Thomas.Croat at mobot.org on 2005.04.06 at 11:16:16(12843)
Title: RE: [Aroid-l] Mr Merkel

Folks! Its Gene Merkel. His partner was Alberts, I think.

From: Kyle Baker kylefletcherbaker at yahoo.com> on 2005.04.06 at 18:44:52(12844)
sorry to sound dumb...who was Mr. Merkel?


From: "ron" ronlene at bellsouth.net> on 2005.04.06 at 20:39:58(12846)
See the attached note that I placed a few days ago. I knew the Merkel family
for years. Ron

From: "Ron Weeks" rhweeks at attglobal.net> on 2005.04.07 at 07:59:18(12849)
Read some history here.

Services will be held Saturday April 9 3:00 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
400 N. Swinton Ave
Delray Beach, Fl

Jean's daughter, Martha said after the service there will be a gathering
at the fellowship hall to tell Jean stories. Everyone's tale includes at
least one "I wanted to buy a ... but it wasn't for sale."
Ron Weeks

From: Betsy Feuerstein ecuador at midsouth.rr.com> on 2005.04.07 at 09:23:05(12851)
Years ago it used to Alberts and Merkell if my memory has not
totally failed me. Gene did have a brother who died several years ago
and who was in the business with Gene. Gene used to come to the Aroid
Shows in September every year and carry some of his old time favorites.
If he had not propagated one kind, that was the one everyone wanted. He
was a genuine plant person who loved his plants. And yes, all of us
have our stories about wanting something and it was not
available............. that was the routine. He is of a breed that
rarely exists any more. He will be dearly missed by those of us who
remember from the old place to the new place to the shows.


From: "Russ" chammer at cfl.rr.com> on 2005.04.07 at 09:33:21(12852)
Title: RE: [Aroid-l] Mr Merkel

I knew his name was Gene, folks,
just an unthoughtful error. I think he had a partner named Alberts at one
Anyway, think you missed my question
regarding plans for his nursery. I understand from one source that the

nursery will not close, at least for
the near future. Anyone heard any different?


From: T Z tropiczone41 at yahoo.com> on 2005.04.07 at 22:37:35(12856)
I will miss Mr. Merkel, I credit him with the start of my attraction to aroids....
I was a teenager visiting my grandparents near Mr. Merkel's Nursery...I happened
to stop one afternoon and Mr. Merkel was kind enough to show me around and
introduce me to his wonderful collection of plants.
Over the years I would call him up to see what he had propagated, he
would then send them off to my mother...and then to me...
It was always nice to see him at the Aroid Show's and to fill me in on
what might be new to me..
I will truly miss him..
Dave Pixley / Kiyoshi Osonoi
Burbank CA

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