Spotlight on the Merkert Family
St. Raymond School fosters a tradition among family members, and the Merkert family is no exception. Mary and Joe Merkert joined the St. Raymond community in 1974 when their daughter, Eileen, started school. They worked on the Auctions when they were held on campus in the gym, St. Patrick’s Day parties, and many other social events. Joe served as President of the Mens’ Club and Mary was a School Board member and President of the School Board under Principal, Lois Bauer. Mary Merkert went on to teach at St. Raymond School in the 80’s. She began in 5th grade and then taught Home Room and Religion to the 8th graders, as well as 6th, 7th and 8th grade Math. She also held the Vice Principal position for five years.
The Merkert’s two children, Eileen and Matt are both St. Raymond graduates. Eileen graduated in 1982. She was the first female Student Council President. She went on to attend St. Francis High School and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Eileen resides in southern California. She has two children and is currently an upper grade teacher and assistant principal at a school in Palos Verdes.
Matt Merkert graduated from St. Raymond School in 1988. He was a member of the first Kindergarten class. He attended St. Francis High School and then went on to Georgetown University. Matt works in the medical device field in San Francisco. Matt and his wife, Anne Merkert, are now active and involved St. Raymond parents themselves, with Kara in 5th grade and Jack in 2nd grade. Anne Merkert has held numerous leadership positions within the Mothers’ Club, and is serving now as Vice President.
“We are so excited and proud that our grandkids are at St. Raymond”, reflected Mary Merkert, “It is always a joy to go back on campus, be it for pick up, events, or Masses. Through St. Raymond, we made lifelong friends and our years there were happy and fulfilling. Our kids still stay in touch with their friends from St. Raymond, which is unusual in this day.”
The Merkert family is a prime example of what the St. Raymond School Community is all about, close family and community ties that span generations and continually build on the traditions of the past.