MEESTER, Andrew J. 1909-1983
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Date: 3/12/2017 at 15:00:17
Services Held For Andrew Meester
Andrew J. Meester passed away at 7:10 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the Long Term Care Unit of the Grundy County Memorial Hospital, here. He became a resident there on May 18, 1983.
Funeral services were held at the American Lutheran Church, Grundy Center on June 18, at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Kermit Rye officiated.
Mrs. Kermit Rye sang, "How Great Thou Art", and the congregation sang, "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" and "Abide With Me". The accompanist was Mrs. Kermit Rye.
Pastor and Mrs. George C. Ring of Des Moines, interpreted for the deaf.
The casket bearers were Richard Meester, Raymond Neudauer, Robert Neudauer, Donald Anderson, Lester Ahlas and Herman Meinders.
The ushers were Art Flater and Vernon Reinicke. Mrs. Vernon Reinicke and Mrs. Art Flater 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.
He was born on May 9, 1909 in Colfax township, Grundy county. He attained the age of 74 years, one month and seven days. He was the son of Joe A. and Hattie Meester. Andy grew up on the family farm in Colfax township, and attended the Council Bluffs School for the Deaf from 1916 to 1930. In 1930 he went back to his family's farm where he lived until 1937.
In 1937 he started Andy's Shoe Repair in Grundy Center, that he ran for 44 years, retiring in 1981.
On November 28, 1953, he was united in marriage to Bernita Ward at the Calvary Lutheran Church for the Deaf in St. Paul, MN.
He was a member of the American Lutheran Church and the Calvary Church for the Deaf in Des Moines and Grace Lutheran Church in Waterloo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Henry A. Meester, two infant brothers and one infant sister.
He is survived by his wife, Bernita; four brothers, William A. of Cedar Falls, Thomas F. of rural Holland, Gerald of Grundy Center and Calvin A. of Pella; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial fund has been established. The Engelkes-Abels Home, Grundy Center, was in charge of the arrangements.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 23 June 1983, pg 3
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