Joseph A. Mercier



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Mercier, Joseph A. Greece, NY. Monday, November 13, 2017 at age 93. Survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Helen C. Mercier and eight children and spouses, Mary Anne (Christopher Martin), Jeanne Attridge, Terre Mercier (Mark Tardiff), Anne Mercier (Gregory Kitt), Mark, Paul (Karen), Margaret Mary Mercier (Scott Martelle), Stephen (Catherine). Joe was proud of his 17 grandchildren, Adam (Wenmin), Luke (Katherine), Amy (John), Dan (Stefanie), Jill (Jeff), Karin (Andy), Terrette, Cielle, Sara, Alex (Jess), Sebastian (Katie), Dylan (Laura), Michael, Andrew, Zachary, James and Anna. Joe was delighted to share special moments with his 11 great grandchildren, Kai and Ethan, Emily and Christina, Robert and Matthew, Alison and Ryan, Olivia and Thomas, and Amelia; his sister, Peggy Verschelden from St. Mary’s, Kansas and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Joe worked at Eastman Kodak as a Mechanical Engineer for 37 years and retired in 1983. After retirement, Joe continued to be very active at Our Lady of Mercy Church where he was a founding member. He was also a member of many parish and Diocesan committees. He was a lector and Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of Mercy Church and St. Charles Borromeo Church, a F.I.S.H. (Friends in Service Here) volunteer, a chairperson at Notre Dame Retreat House and a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society. Joe had a passion for woodworking and made beautiful, artful creations for his family and his church. He loved trains, enjoyed doing Crossword Puzzles and Jumbles and loved golfing, cooking and playing games with family (and enjoyed a good martini). He was an avid photographer and gardener- his pride and joy were his dahlias and dogwood trees. The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses who provided loving care to Joe over many years. Friends may call Friday (Nov 17th) 3-7 PM at Vay-Schleich and Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday (Nov 18th) 11:00 AM at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Holy Childhood or St. Charles Borromeo Church in his memory. For more information, or to sign Joe’s online guestbook, please visit


  1. Jeanne on November 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Dad, you were the best Dad any child could ask for and the most loving, loyal husband to Mom. The childhood memories I have will stay in my heart forever. You were a true gentle man and your strong faith was something I always admired. You were strong and brave until the end. I will treasure all the childhood stories and memories we have shared, especially recently, as we cleaned out your home of 66 years. I will forever be grateful that my 4 children and 7 grandchildren had the privilege of growing up with amazing role models in you and Mom. I will talk to you every day and know you will guide and support me and my family as we go through life. I love you so much, Dad. xoxo

  2. Carol Allen on November 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Dear Jeanne and family, I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Your Father, Husband, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather sounded like a wonderful man. I know you will all miss him, but dwell on all the good times your family has had. Your family is one in a million. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Fly with the angels Mr. Mercier.

  3. Barbara Crowley on November 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Dear Jeanne and family, Your father was a man of God and family. What joyful times he must have held close to his heart during his many years. You have our prayers and especially for your dear mother, who will miss her best friend of 70 years. Love, Barbara and Bill Crowley

  4. Renee Ostrowski on November 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Dear Jeanne So sorry to hear about your Dads passing please know I am thinking of you and your family

  5. Bill ktaft on November 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Jeanne, my condolences to you and your family. I always had a lot of respect for your Dad

  6. Kelly Chamberlain Larkin on November 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Mrs. Mercier, Steve, Margaret Mary, Paul, and all of your family, I was so saddened to hear of Mr Mercier’s passing. What a wonderful person and role model. Whether it was Sunday service at Mercy, CYO basketball, or class events at school, Mr. Mercier was always there, with Mrs. Mercier by his side. . May God bless you in this time. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Gary & Sue Pratt on November 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your families during this sad time.

  8. Mario Mercier on November 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

    The Mercier Association of America offers their condolences following the death of Joseph A. Mercier Truly. Mario Mercier

  9. Lily Mercier on November 16, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Joe Mercier was kind,smart and humble.He was truly lived by all who knew him and will greatly be missed.I grieve for you and your family.

  10. Cathy Anderson on November 16, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Joe was the perfect example of a loving and generous father and husband. I had the privilege and honor to be a guest in his home and treasure my memories of playing games at the kitchen table and sharing good laughs. The Mercier family is in my prayers!

  11. Cheryl Grady Mercier on November 16, 2017 at 12:00 am

    To the Warm and Wonderful Rochester Mercier Family, May Uncle Joe’s gentle and loving spirit be in your hearts and console you as you grieve his physical departure. He and your family always made guests and new family members feel welcomed and loved. I’ll especially remember his wry sense of humor, love of puns and wordplay. He and your Uncle Jack, my much-loved father-in-law, are probably sharing quips now. My favorite charades song that Jack Mercier put into a game and that I had to act out keeps going through my mind. Uncle Joe, ‘I’ve Got Tears in my Ears from Lyin’ on my Back Cryin’ my Eyes Out Over You.’ I wish I could be with you all to remember, laugh, cry, smile and celebrate an amazing gentleman. Special hugs to his sweetheart, Aunt Helen

  12. Katherine Jacobs on November 16, 2017 at 12:00 am

    What an amazing statement of family and service of a life well lived. He touched many lives and will live on in the hearts and minds of many. Hugs and condolences to all Joes family and friends.

  13. Marion Burke on November 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Helen, So sorry for your family’s loss. You and Joe were an inspiration to all. I will miss seeing your star during the Christmas season shining brightly. Sending my prayers to you and all your family.

  14. Stephen Zapf on November 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Mark, Paul and the rest of your family, very sorry to hear of your loss. Your dad was most definitely a true gentleman and stand up guy. Enjoyed speaking with him when they stopped in during my Mom’s / Dad’s calling hours. Brought back great memories. Hope all is well with your Mom, sorry that i’m unable to attend the visitation, your family will be in my thoughts and prayers

  15. Ellen Rea on November 18, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Very sorry for your loss. I never met Joe but have heard wonderful things about him from my daughter, Cathy Anderson. How fortunate you all were to have such a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He leaves behind a great family! Love and prayers Margaret Mary is one of our favorite people. Ellen and Ed Rea

  16. Jan Maher on November 19, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Sending my condolences to all the family! I still remember the times we all shared when Karin and Andy were married and we were a part of the ceremony! May God watch over Helen at this time and always.

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