Merlyn A. Wavra, 93, of La Crosse, Wis., died on Monday, September 28, 2020 in Hillview Healthcare Center, La Crosse. She was born on Sept. 2, 1927 in Live Oak, Florida to Leo G. and Lucille (McCall) Balcer. She was raised and educated in Glendive, Montana where she attended Dawson County High School, graduating with the class of 1945.
Merlyn moved to La Crosse, where she started her career with Trane Co. She was a devoted employee for over 40 years. She married Bill Wavra in 1955. They celebrated 46 years of marriage until his passing in 2001.
The Wavra house was the place to be on a Friday night, welcoming Merlyn’s co-workers to a good time of storytelling, jokes, and all around camaraderie. Friendships were formed. During the tough times when Trane was on strike, support and comfort was shared with those who stopped by. Their door was always open.
Merlyn is survived by her brother Dick (Susan) Balcer, of Conover NC., niece Jeanne (Ken) Bagniefski, of Stoddard, Wis., nephew Dick (Barb) Scott, of Bismarck ND., many nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill, brothers Tom and Leo of MT., niece Sandy Scott, of Madison, Wis., and sister-in-law Lois Balcer, of MT.
She will be missed by all who knew her.
Due to COVID-19, there will be a private family service only.
Memorials are preferred to Mary, Mother of the Church Parish.