Schwartz Brothers-Jeffer Memorial Chapels

114-03 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY


Charles Merker MD

June 8, 1944March 24, 2017

MERKER--Charles, M.D., of Manhattan and East Quogue, NY, and formerly Scarsdale, NY, passed away on March 24. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, sons Lawrence (Lori) and Kevin (Danielle), his grandchildren, Hailey and Emma, brother, Edward Merker, M.D. (Laura), and sister Alice Merker Peters (Klaus, deceased). He was an ophthalmologist with a specialty in pediatric eye care, who greatly respected his patients and was equally respected by his colleagues. Trained at Mt. Sinai and Columbia Presbyterian Hospitals, he instructed physicians in ophthalmology training at Lenox Hill Hospital and was for many years Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology at St. Luke's/Roosevelt. The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, March 28 at 1:00pm at Schwartz Bros. Memorial Chapel in Forest Hills.

Donations can be made in his memory to the charity of your choice.


  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Charles Merker MD

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Andrea Odwin_Clarke

February 5, 2020

So Saddened to hear about your loss. Recently found his card it was like gold. It was only then that I had learned about his passing. A Gentleman through and through. Polite, kind, conscientious with attention to detail. Your Dad will be sorely missed he was a consummate professional.

Merryl Rosenthal

November 11, 2018

Dr. Merker saved my daughter's eyesight. His expertise was equaled by how kindly he treated her. The world has lost a good soul.

kevin merker

October 26, 2018


From my entire family, we thank you for taking the time to share the experience you had with my father. In so many ways we could imagine him saying that to you! It means a lot to us to see notes from patients, friends and family after what is now 1.5 years since his passing. It is truly hard to believe it has already been that long! We all miss him a ton.


Kevin Merker - youngest son (and family)

Janet Simmons

October 25, 2018

I was shocked and very saddened to hear of Dr. Merker passing. I was his patient for many years. He was alway very professional and compassionate. I trusted his diagnosis. His office was always bustling but Dr. Merker had a way of making his patients feel their visit was important. The last time I saw him I asked him “So Dr. Merker when are you retiring ?” His response was “Ms. Simmons I’m winding down until I fade off into the sunset.” He smiled as he was leaving the office and said as he always did “Be well until I see you again.” I fondly think of our last meeting.

He was my favorite Opthomologist. He is remembered as one the truly good doctors. He is very much missed. My condolences to all who knew and loved him.

Nancy Collazo

February 15, 2018


Nancy Collazo

February 15, 2018

Just learned about Dr Merker. I called to make an appt for my son who has been with him for some years now and thought I dialed the wrong number because the receptionist answered with a different name. She told me and I was in shock. My son is 14 now and I told him about Dr Merkers's passing. My son remembered how at first he did not like him because he would always give him a speech about school. My son was not doing his best at the time and I would tell Dr. Merker this. My son did not like that. I explained to him that It's nice to have a Dr. care about their patients. He gets it now. He died one month after seeing my son. Very sad. R.I.P

Lisa Rose

January 12, 2018

Words cannot express my extreme shock and sadness upon hearing this news. Dr. Merker was my first boss and he taught me so much about people and life in general. We lost touch through the years but I will always remember our great office staff and the wonderful laughs we shared. I just found out this news and I cant stop crying.
My condolences to your family
Lisa (Greene) Rose


November 16, 2017

I am beyond sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Charles Merker. I just learned of this when I decided to visit his office this past November 15th. I worked for Dr. Merker for many years, first as a receptionist and then as his bookkeeper with "manual books" many years ago. I worked in his office in Manhattan with a wonderful manager and two really fun colleagues. I also worked for in his office in Co-op City. Dr Merker was not only a gifted physician but he was a very special human being who cared for his patients and his employees welfare. He was kind enough to teach all of us ladies who worked for him back then everything about his practice, how to treat the patients, even how the machines worked. He cared about us and our families, as we cared about Marilyn and the Boys. One of my favorite memories is when Dr. Merker took his staff to a very fancy restaurant on Madison Ave in the city for thank you for job well done. I had NEVER been anywhere like that EVER. But that was Dr .Merker, a Brilliant Doctor and a kind person who was never pretentious.
My husband Jeff and I wish to express our deepest condolences to Mrs. Marilyn Merker and family.
Sincerely, Adrienne Coffman

Alison Rosow

October 17, 2017

I am so saddened to have just learned of Dr. Merker's passing. He was my doctor since I was 2 years old, for the past 40 years. He always opened with his warm, what's up, kiddo, and we would chit chat about life like old friends. He knew my whole family, and had even been to my parent's home. When his practice no longer accepted my insurance, he gave me an extremely reduced out of pocket fee, a fraction of the cost. He made nothing off of me but knew I wouldn't go elsewhere. I really wish I could have said goodbye. I feel like I lost a family member. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Merker.

Jailene Mercedes

September 25, 2017

My family and I were patients of Dr. Charles Merker for years. I just learned of his passing when I tired to book an appointment today with him and learned of his passing. I was a patient of him ever since I was a little girl. Every visit he always put a smile on my face and asked how I was with my studies. Thank you for your professionalism, kindness, hilarious jokes and stories! It was a pleasure being your patient! My deepest condolences and sympathy to the Merker Family.

From your patients,
The Mercedes Family


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