- Maria Luiza Merkert
Second and last daughter born to Anthony Merkert and Maria Barbara Pfitzner, she was raised in a pious, middle-class family. Her father died when Maria was still a baby. She and her sister grew to both be devoted to care for the poor. Co-founder in 1842 of the Sisters of Saint Elizabeth in Nelsse, Prussia, to tend in their own homes, without compensation, helpless sick persons who could not or would not be received into the hospitals; she served as their first superior until her death.
- “Blessed Maria Louise Merkert“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 November 2009. Web. 6 October 2015. <>