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Michael Merrill

Obituary of Michael F. Merrill

Michael and Sharon's family story started early in life. They met in high school and maintained a strong friendship throughout college until it blossomed into a beautiful romance. Just like all good things in life, love takes time to grow! After marriage, Mike and Sharon were blessed with two daughters, Michelle and Loryn. Michael and Sharon were married almost 50 years!

While Mike was in college, he majored in business administration and accounting at University at Buffalo. He spent time working with the US Army Corp of Engineers before dedicating nearly thirty years to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Michael had many talents and hobbies, especially wood working. He made many home improvements with his craftsmanship and the inspiration of his super father-in-law Joe and talented Uncle Ray. Michael enjoyed improving the beauty of their garden. He relaxed and splashed in their pool with his family and their Old English Sheepdog, Toby. He enjoyed many nice family trips to Florida. He always had a crossword puzzle and sudoku nearby. He spent his lifetime surrounded by family love and laughter, continuing to earn his nickname "Uncle Joker".

Merrill, Michael F. of Orchard Park (formerly of West Seneca) on November 15, 2019. Beloved husband of Sharon Merrill (nee Litwiniak), Devoted father of Michelle L. Merrill and Loryn R. Merrill; Favorite brother-in-law of Robert Litwiniak (Helen Miller); Son of the late Howard and Dorothy Merrill; also survived by a loving aunt and many wonderful cousins and friends. Mike was the Community and Economic Development Director at HUD for nearly 30 years. Friends and family will be received Wednesday 12-4 pm at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC 1340 Union Rd West Seneca 716-674-5776. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John Vianney Thursday 9:30am. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to the charity of your choice. Online condolences at

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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home - West Seneca, NY
1340 Union Road
West Seneca, New York, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

9:30 am
Thursday, November 21, 2019
St. John Vianney
2950 Southwestern Blvd.
Orchard Park, New York, United States