Johanna Roberta Merz

October 12, 1937 - February 07, 2023


Obituary For Johanna Roberta Merz

Johanna Roberta (Ambrose) Merz, 85, of Raleigh, NC passed away on February 7, 2023, after a brief battle with cancer. She was born on October 12, 1937, in the Bronx, New York to Robert and Mary (Cotter) Ambrose. She was lovingly referred to as Bobbie by family and friends. Bobbie married Robert (Bob) Merz on September 23, 1961. They moved from the Bronx and eventually settled and raised their family in Wappingers Falls, NY. Bobbie was loving, kind, generous, and always put others before herself. She volunteered at her parish in Wappingers Falls, visiting the elderly and those confined to their homes, driving them to medical appointments, taking them shopping, and spending time with them. After moving to Raleigh, she volunteered at her new parish assisting in the parish office for several years. Bobbie is predeceased by her parents, her daughter Maureen Merz, her sister Patricia Johnston, and her brothers George and Daniel Ambrose. She is survived by her loving husband Robert; her devoted children, sons Thomas Merz (Yoshiko) of Tokyo, Japan, and Robert Merz of Raleigh; daughters Kathleen Merz and Christine Stranahan (Brian) both of Raleigh; her adoring grandchildren Erin Tull (Graham); John and Mary Sapienza; Brian, Brendan, Thomas, and Gavin Stranahan; and one great granddaughter, Saoirse Tull (all of Raleigh). She is also survived by her sister Sr. Jane Frances Ambrose (Brownsville, TX) and many loving nieces and nephews. Visitation with the family will be on Friday, February 10, 2023, from 10:00am to 11:00am at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 12333 Bayleaf Church Road, Raleigh, NC 27614. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Johanna at the church directly following the visitation at 11:00am. Interment to follow immediately at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens, Wake Forest, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Transitions Life Care, Philanthropy Dept, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607, or at transitionslifecare.org/donate.


10 Feb


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Luke the Evangelist 12333 Bayleaf Church Rd Raleigh, NC Get Directions »
10 Feb


11:00 AM

St. Luke the Evangelist 12333 Bayleaf Church Rd Raleigh, NC Get Directions »
10 Feb

Graveside Service

12:30 PM

Pine Forest Memorial Gardens 770 Stadium Drive Wake Forest, NC 27587 Get Directions »
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  • February 10, 2023

    Condolences to all the family on the death of cousin Bobby. May she rest in Peace. Joan Mulcahy ( London / Ireland)

  • February 10, 2023

    Sincere sympathy to all the family on the passing of Bobbie. May her gentle soul Rest In Peace. From all your Irish cousins. Ann Ambrose

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