Beloved Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Auntie and Educator. Passed away peacefully on September 21st in the arms of her loving family after a tiring, 6 month long battle with a chronic illness. Preceded in death by her angel baby Haukos and grandparents, Jim and Rose Mergens and Tom and Nancy Strafelda. Survived by her beloved husband of 23 years Montigue; treasured son Zachary Patrick; special blessings Maggie and Matthew; parents, Patrick and Patricia Mergens; sister Janell (David) Fredericks; brother Tim (Carrie) Mergens the Haukos family and many aunts, uncles, nieces; nephews; cousins and dear friends. Jill had a special place in her heart for special needs children. As an employee of St. Paul Public Schools for over 25 years, she brought comfort, laughter and learning to hundreds of children with varying needs and abilities. The warmth, compassion, excitement and patience that she brought to the classroom made a lasting impact on the lives of each and every child with whom she worked. Jill’s steadfast belief and trust in the Lord brings comfort to her family at this difficult time. She is Home. Memorial Mass Friday 10 AM at GUARDIAN ANGELS CATHOLIC CHURCH (8260 4th St. N. Oakdale). Gathering of family and friends starting at 9 AM.
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