Mertis C. Kelm


      Mertis C. (Mrs. Harland) Kelm, age 85, of Faribault, died on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at the St. Lucas Care Center, Faribault.

      Funeral services will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault, on Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Steven J. Kuehne, officiating.  Interment will be in the Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.

      Visitation will be in the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, from 4 to 7 p.m. and also in the church for one hour prior to the services on Wednesday.

      Mertis C., the daughter of John and Nellie (Grau) Akemann was born on March 4, 1923, in Wells.  She attended Trinity Lutheran School and Faribault High School.  She married Harland Kelm on June 21, 1945, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault.  She was a homemaker and assisted her husband on the family farm.  She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Bethany Society, Rice County Home Extension and 4-H.

      She is survived by her husband, Harland; three children, Jim (and Barb) Kelm of Red Wing, Dale (and Theresa) Kelm of Faribault and Judy (and Brad) Covert of Faribault; nine grandchildren, Heidi (and Tim) Arbisi-Kelm, Gretchen Kelm, Rebecca (and fiancé Jake Good) Kelm, Karen (and Joe) Biwersi, Brenda (and Jeffrey) Miller, Carla (and Nathan) Agre, Sarah Covert, Andrew Covert, Joel Covert; four great grandchildren, David and Michael Biwersi, Ethan Agre and Hope Miller; two sisters, Arlene Riemer of Pulcifer, WI and Helen (and George) Rhode of Gillett, WI; one sister-in-law, Beth Akemann of Apple Valley; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

      She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Elmer, Maynard and Merlyn Akemann.


Guest Book Memories Will Be Recorded Below

Casey, Michael and Lucy Krubiner
Tuesday February 10, 2009


Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers to all of you. Mertis was such a lovely and kind woman and will surely be missed. I'm sorry we can't be there with you but are thinking of you here on the West Coast.


Name: Tina Van Erp
Date: Tuesday February 10, 2009


Though I am unable to be with all of you today, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.


Name: Bruce Degen
Email: brucedegen@hotmail,com
Date: Sunday February 08, 2009


Harlen and family, I’m so sorry to see that Mertis has passed away. You have my sincere sympathy and prayers for all of you.
I know that she will be truely missed. Char ahd I enjoyed visiting with Mertis when she was at Keystone.

Bruce Degen