Merton Myron Sapers


Sapers, Merton Myron, 99, passed peacefully on Saturday, December 19, 2020 in his home at Maplewood at Mayflower Place, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Frances M. (Wax) Sapers for 72 years. Born in Cambridge, MA, a son of the late Maurice and Anne (Benjamin) Sapers, he had lived on Cape Cod for 23 years, previously living in North Andover, MA and most of his life in Newton, MA.

Mert was a WWII Army Veteran, serving in the Pacific Theatre. He was a graduate of Boston University, Class of ’48, and a member of Phi Alpha Fraternity.  Mert owned his own business as a hardware distributor for most of his life, working in Boston, MA and NH.

Mert was passionate regarding his Jewish heritage. He was a former member of the Falmouth Jewish Congregation and its Brotherhood and served as a board member.  He was a member of the Mason’s Dewitt Clinton Lodge. Mert was also an active member of numerous organizations after his retirement, including The Mashpee Men’s Club, Mashpee Senior Center, TRIAD, and the Citizens Police Academy. He also received great joy from volunteering in the local elementary school, reading to the children.

Mert was a loving, kind, gentle, compassionate man. All who knew him, loved him. He adored his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and they adored him. He will be deeply missed. Devoted father of Mark Sapers (Joanne) of Merrimack, NH, Ronda Smith (Robert) of West Warwick and Boca Raton, FL, Joanne Sapers (Dave) of Warwick and Karen Rozell (Ralph) of Sandwich, MA.  Dear brother of the late Elayne Lofchie. Loving grandfather of Julianne (Greg), Andrew (Jessica), Alisa (Kevin), Brianna (Brian), David and the late Daniel. Cherished great grandfather of Ava, Sadie, Charlie and Benjamin.

The family wants to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Maplewood at Mayflower Place, Bayada, and Hospice for the tremendous loving support that they provided.

Funeral services and Shiva will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled Veterans of America or Daniel Schuster Endowment Fund, c/o Camp Jori, PO Box 5299, Wakefield, RI 02879.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.  To view a recording of the service please click the link below.

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  1. David Parmentier
    Dec 22, 2020

    I met Mert nine years ago when I started dating his beautiful Daughter. Joanne. It was quite a revelation that I found the entire family so kind and embracing. I wondered who their guiding light was. I found the center of this Family revolved so closely around Mert and his wonderful wife Fran, that anyone looking for great Parents didn’t need to look any further. As the Dad he is, he radiates kindness, strength, inclusion and love for any person who is lucky enough to be in his presence. It made no difference who you are and where you came from……He embraced all who were blessed enough to embrace him and his wonderful family. Anyone lucky enough to be in his presence wished for adoption from this Great person. He lives and exudes kindness and great respect to everyone he meets. I am so grateful that he will always be part of my life. He is a wonderful and loving person. All his Family are so blessed that Merton is and always will be the Great Father, Husband, Grandfather, Uncle and true Friend that everyone knew him to be. He has a Great love for Fran, his bride of 72 years. I and all his extended family and friends
    are fortunate to be part of his wonderful life. God Bless You Mert……

  2. Ruth Saphirstein
    Dec 27, 2020

    Uncle Mert you were a special man. I loved you and still do forever. I have so many special memories of of you – ALL GOOD. One memory I will never forget is when you would stay at our house in CT after a long day of doing business in CT an it was too late and I am guessing you were too tired to drive back home to Newton MA. The next morning you and I being early riser, would enjoy time together, just you and me which are days I cherished We had a ritual those Saturday mornings – we would each have a bow of Fruit Loops and watch cartoons. I cherished those days and many all the time we were together or talked on the phone. I miss you and love you Uncle Mert and know you are always with me and watching over me. Love always, Ruthie

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