OBITUARY

Merle Norman Ettinger

July 25, 1940January 11, 2021

Merle Norman Ettinger, age 80, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021. Merle was born July 25, 1940. Owner and operator of Finn Tire and Automotive.

Merle was the beloved husband of Marilyn Ettinger for 56 years. Merle was the devoted father of Shari (Jeff) Bailey and Brian (Stacie) Ettinger. He was a devoted Papa of Sami and Ashley Bailey, and Cole, Libby, and Ben Ettinger. Dear brother of Ruth Melluso and brother-in-law of Beverly (Sheldon) Brodsky.

Merle was a proud graduate of the class of 1959 of Cleveland Heights High School. He attended Ohio University and then served in the Army Reserves. He was the President of Finn Tire and Automotive for 54 years, the last 34 years were with his son.

Merle loved antique cars, gardening, and traveling (even “traveling” virtually throughout this time of Covid). He was active in the Greater Cleveland Tire Dealer’s Association and served as the President of this organization as well as the Ohio Tire Dealer’s Association.

There was nothing Merle loved more than being with his family, and he never missed an opportunity to be with them. He also delighted in spending time with friends and was an incredible friend to have.

He was much loved and will be dearly missed.

Private funeral services for family with burial at Mt. Olive Cemetery (Temple Israel Ner Tamid section).

To view this service on Wednesday, January 13 please navigate to https://ohconnect.zoom.us/j/91219697726.

No in-person visitation due to COVID-19. The family invites friends to shiva via Zoom STARTING WEDNESDAY at 4 PM. Please navigate to https://ohconnect.zoom.us/j/93776437948.

Contributions in Merle's memory are suggested to Temple Israel Ner Tamid or to the Cancer Patient Support Fund at Seidman Cancer Center at Geauga.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.bkbmc.com for the Ettinger family.

Arrangements under the direction of Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel (216) 932-7900.

Services

  • Merle Ettinger Funeral Webcast

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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  • Merle Ettinger Zoom Shiva

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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Beth Whitelaw Fregger

January 18, 2021

I want to express my sincere condolences to Marilyn Sheree and David (Roger). Merle and my Dad formed a lifelong bond as young fathers in University Heights.
They found they had a common interest in restoring antique/early model Fords. Model Ts to be exact. I have a vivid memory of the first time meeting the Ettingers. It was in fact as they cruising down Washington Blvd past our house in their i believe 1st Model T. That famiy friendship blossomed and we ALL remianed friends for almost 60 years. Merle was so easy to like. He was kind benevolent and very much in love with Marilyn as well as a very proud father. How lucky you were Brian to be able to have your dad as a partner. I have many memories of Merle and will always think of him fondly.

As luck would have Merle and my parents Howard and Myra Whitelaw are now together again. It gives me some solace to know this.

My love to you all and my sincere sympathy.

Love Beth Louise Whitelaw Fregger

Bev and Shelly Brodsky

January 15, 2021

To all of the family,
We were lucky to have Merle as our brother-in-law for so many years. Merle was always kind and caring, a true "mensch". We will miss him very much!
Our love to all of you,
Bev and Shelly

gail arnoff

January 14, 2021

Dear Marilyn and Family,
Stephen and I have many memories of Chesterland Nursey School days. I can still remember Stephen saying to Brian, "Why don't you act more like me?" Yes, he really said that.
Sending condolences to all of you. Sending healing thoughts and virtual hugs.
Gail Arnoff

Jack Federan

January 14, 2021

Merle always looked out his customers at Finn Tire. He would always go that extra mile. I can remember him telling me (when my dashboard lights went out), "if you can't see in the dark, you can't drive in the dark." He left a legacy in auto repair, modifications, and tuning. I'm so thankful for Merle's son, Brian too. I can remember Brian keeping the shop open till 7:30 p.m. one night--when they normally close at 5:45 p.m., after the turbocharger plumbing in my car let loose in the metropark. Merle left a caring approach that is now being carried forward by his son Brian. I'll miss Merle, and those who were lucky enough to cross his path were enriched by his know how, kindness, and ability.

Robert Weiser

January 13, 2021

I'm sad to hear that Merle has passed away. I've known him since we lived on the same street and went to Heights High School. I was fortunate to see him again at his place of business and met Brian there. Merle was always a wonderful, kind person, a true gentleman. It was a pleasure to know him and he made me a better person as a result.

Debra Acri

January 13, 2021

Always kind. Always gentle. Always present for family. Your life is a blessing to us all, Merle. Rest In Peace
Love,
Debbie

Marlene Fair-Fischer

January 12, 2021

As a friend of your sister Ruth, my heart goes out to her and the rest of your family.

May your memory always and forever be a blessing to each who knew and loved you.

Gentle as you go ...

ruth melluso

January 12, 2021

I already miss my dear brother Merle.
A big sister could not ask for a kinder more loving brother.
He was always good to me in every way.
I know now you are at peace Merle.
Love you , you are always in my heart.
Ruth Melluso

Alan Levine

January 11, 2021

Brian,

Please accept our sincerest condolences on the loss of your father. While at this time the pain may be great, hopefully soon you will be able to smile as you think about all of great memories you have had together. Our best to you and your family.

alan and pam levine

Eddie Schwartz

January 11, 2021

In the 70s and 80s, I, too, was a tire dealer in Cleveland. Merle started the TIRE GUYS, and I was a member. In those years, most of us were competitors, friends, customers and suppliers to each other. Merle was the definition of a mensch, and I will treasure his memory.

FROM THE FAMILY