MEESTER, John F. 1872-1933
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Date: 9/12/2015 at 07:20:25
John F. Meester Died Sunday At Hospital
John F. Meester died about noon Sunday at the Deaconess hospital in Marshalltown, following an operation for gallstones and other complications a week ago Saturday. Mr. Meester had been troubled with gallstones off and on during the past ten years. The week before he went to the hospital he suffered a great deal and at the time the operation was performed his case was regarded as critical.
Mr. Meester was 61 years old. He was born in Pleasant Valley township, Grundy county, and made his home there continually. He was a son of Daniel Meester. There were four children in this family. Now only one, Joe D. Meester, survives. Mr. Meester made his home with his parents up to the time he was married over thirty years ago. Since that time he and his wife resided on their own farm in Pleasant Valley township. Aside from his brother, Mr. Meester's wife and his father survive. The father is 93 years old.
Funeral services will be held at the home at 12 o'clock noon Thursday, followed by services at Drake's church with Rev. Drake and Rev. Siemsen in charge. Burial will be in the cemetery at Holland.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 20 April 1933, pg 3
Obituary John F. Meester
(By Mrs. J. D. Meester)
John F. Meester, a life long resident of Pleasant Valley township, and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Meester, pioneers of Grundy county, passed away on Easter Sunday, Apr. 16, at the Deaconess hospital at Marshalltown.
On April 8th he submitted to an operation for gallstones, and seemed to be improving until the morning of Apr. 15, when he began to fail. His wife, who had been with him continually, and his only brother, J. D. Meester, were at his bedside when he passed away.
He had been ailing for several years and had repeatedly tried to find relief. Three weeks before his passing his physician had advised him that an operation was necessary, to which he readily agreed.
John was of a genial disposition, and was always cheerful during his confinement, in spite of his suffering, and was conscious till the hour before he passed away.
He was born in Pleasant Valley township, Grundy county, March 9, 1872, and spent his entire life there.
On December 3rd, 1902, he was united in marriage to Miss Lizzie Sitters of Holland, Iowa, and began farming on his father's farm, which he had owned since February of this year.
He leaves to mourn his departure his bereaved widow, an aged father, Daniel Meester Sr., now 93, a brother, J. D. Meester, besides sixteen nieces and nephews, and many other relatives in Grundy county and a host of friends.
His mother, Mrs. Daniel Meester, passed away in February, 1925, and his younger sister, Fannie, on January 16, just three months to a day and at almost the same hour, prior to his demise.
The services were conducted by Rev. J. E. Drake in the Colfax Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. D. Siemsen of the German Reformed church of Pleasant Valley township.
He was laid to rest in the family lot in the Holland cemetery. The pall bearers, all cousins, were Joe J. Meester, Hillert Meester, Will Meester, Joe A. Meester, Jake T. Meester, and Joe H. Meester.
Those attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. John Dingle and family, Morrison; Mr. and Mrs. Rene Orvis of Sumner, both sisters of Mrs. Meester, and Henry Sitters and wife of St. Paul, Minn., a brother.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 4 May 1933, pg 3
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