MEESTER, John G. 1884-1983
MEESTER, KLAASSEN, PETERS
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Date: 3/7/2017 at 21:42:55
John Meester, Age 98, Dies
John G. Meester passed away at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the Long Term Care Unit of the Grundy County Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church, rural Holland, on July 30, at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Melvin J. Voss officiated the service.
Wayne Arends sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Precious Memories." He was accompanied by Mrs. Clarence Walterman, who also played selected numbers for the prelude and postlude.
The casketbearers were Curtis Meester, Sylvian Meester, Leland VanHauen, Leland Heinrich, Leslie Harms and Larry Wiese.
The ushers were Raymond VanHauen and George Viet. Mrs. Reka Hook and Mrs. Carl Voss were in charge of the floral arrangements.
Interment was in the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church Cemetery, rural Holland. Relatives and friends were invited to return to the church following the committal services for a period of Christian fellowship and refreshments.
Mr. Meester was born on October 27, 1884, in Colfax Township, Grundy County, the son of Hinderk and Trientje Klaassen Meester. He attained the age of 98 years and nine months. He grew up and attended school in Colfax Township and helped on the family farm.
On March 1, 1909, he was united in marriage to Antje Peters at the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church Parsonage by Rev. Siemsen. After their marriage they farmed in Colfax Township for 17 years and then farmed from 1926 thru 1941 in Pleasant Valley Township. They moved to Wellsburg in the spring of 1942.
His wife passed away on July 11, 1966. He continued to live in Wellsburg until 1972 when he became a resident of Beverly Manor. On September 2, 1975, he became a resident of the Long Term Care Unit.
He was a member of the Pleasant Valley Reformed Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sons, John J. and Alfred J., one son-in-law, Henry G. VanHauen, three grandsons, one great-granddaughter, one great-great-grandson, three brothers and four sisters.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Trena VanHauen of Holland and Mrs. Samuel (Etta) Schmitt of Dike; one son, Henry F. Meester of Grundy Center; one brother, Henry H. Meester; one sister, Mrs. Trientje Pruis, both of the Long Term Care Unit, Grundy Center, 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
The Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home, Grundy Center, was in charge of the arrangements.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 4 August 1983, pg 3
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