She was born December 2, 1921, in Mankato, Minnesota, to Carl D. and Jennie (Weber) Bliss. She attended Carleton College and due to her mother’s health moved to San Antonio in 1942.
On November 9, 1943, she was united in marriage to Frederick H. Rohles, Jr. at St. Marks Episcopal church in San Antonio. This union was blessed with three children: Nancy, Frederick H. III “Rick” and Susan.
She was active in Girls Scouts, heading up their God and Community program at Holloman AFB, where her husband was stationed, she was in charge of the Air Force Chapel Program, and involved in charity work for under privileged military families. She and her family moved to Manhattan in 1963.
Survivors include her husband of Manhattan; three children: Nancy Johnson of Topeka, Susan Grapengater and her husband Rick of Tulsa, OK, and Frederick H. Rohles, III “Rick” and his wife Kim of Hoffman Estates, IL; seven grandchildren: Susan Unger (David), David Denning (Heather), Kim Harrigan (Matt), Brad Rohles (Gina), Peter Rohles (Susan), Mark Grapengater (Stacey), and Laura Ellison (Ashley); and 11 great-grandchildren.
Mertyce was an ardent bridge player and a lover of dogs, especially her dachshund Lucy.
Memorial services will be held at 9:30 A.M. Saturday, October 12th, at the College Avenue United Methodist Church with Reverend Dr. Dennis L. Ackerman and Reverend Mark Grapengater officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas State University Foundation for the Fred and Mertyce Rohles Speaker Series. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.