Carol S. Mertler

Carol S. Mertler, 83, of Westlake, passed away at O'Neill Healthcare on Monday, November 16, 2020.

Carol was born June 7, 1937 in Mansfield, Ohio, and was the daughter of Charles and Martha (Carson) Mertler. Carol was a 1955 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School. After high school, Carol attended Kent State University where she focused her education on physical education and received her Bachelors degree in 1959.

She continued her education, receiving her Masters degree from the University of Oregon and in 1974 completed her PHD at The Ohio State University. Carol began her career teaching at Gallipolis, then moved to Muskingum University, and then to Ashland University where she was actively involved in many sports; volleyball, basketball, and softball.

In 1974, Carol's support of Title 9 lead her to be hired at Purdue University where she was the Women's Athletic Director. Carol had a passion for sports and was a driving force for women's sports. In 1981, the Big Ten recognized women's sports, and Purdue hosted the first Women's Big Ten Basketball Tournament of which Carol was instrumental in helping to organize. After Purdue, Carol returned and retired in 2001 from Ashland University.

An accomplished woman, Carol was very proud to have been inducted into Purdue and Ashland University Sports Hall of Fame. Carol was a girl scout leader for many years, and also the counselor and director at Camp Wakatomika. Carol was an avid golfer, and loved watching sports, especially Big Ten and her favorite Cleveland Indians.

Carol leaves behind her sister, Kathy "Rocky" Lynch; her nieces and nephews, Tim, Tom, Jeff, and David Milligan, Craig and Mike Mertler, Sallie Landoll, Suzanne Head, Erin Lynch, and Katie Kleeh; her sister-in-law, Barb Mertler; and her dog, Frieda. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Mertler; her sister, Beverly Milligan; and her brother-in-law, Bob Milligan.

The family will be observing private services. As sports were very important to Carol, please consider making memorial contributions to the Athletic Department at Ashland University, 401 College Avenue Ashland, Ohio 44805. The Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors is honored to serve the Mertler family.

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