August 6, 2019


Mary Ann Meister, 85, of Lake View, Iowa, passed away on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at Accura HealthCare in Carroll, Iowa.

Mary Ann was born on Sept. 14, 1933, to Anton and Loretta (Hinners) Grote in Carroll. She was baptized in the Catholic faith and graduated from Breda High School.

On Feb. 15, 1954, Mary Ann married the love of her life, James “Jim” Meister, in Arcadia, Iowa. She became his righthand farm hand, helping in any way she could on the farm, all while raising six children: Ray, Mary Lou, Ron, Rick, Monica and Rod.

Mary Ann was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wall Lake, active in the Guild serving on the funeral lunch committee for many years, and was a faithful prayer-chain member. She enjoyed playing cards (especially with her card club), had a large garden, and liked growing flowers. She was a 4-H leader for many years. Mary Ann was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister, who cherished spending time with her family. She treasured her kids and grandkids, and loved to attend all their activities.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jim Meister, of Lake View; children: Ray (Mary Jo) Meister of West Des Moines, Iowa, Mary Lou (Jim) Dopheide of Carroll, Iowa, Ron Meister (special friend Jean Lamaak) of Pomeroy, Iowa, Rick (Jackie) Meister of Lake View, Iowa, Monica Meister of Oak Forest, Illinois, and Rod Meister of Lake View; 16 grandchildren: Melanie Meister Lenius, Christina and Jonathan Meister; Justin and Jason Dopheide and Lisa Knebel; Matt, Sarah, Nathan, and Aaron Meister; Joshua, Jacob, and Jared Meister; and Blake, Teegin and Nick Meister; 18 great-grandchildren: Brecken Lenius, Madi and Charli Dopheide, McKenzie Knebel, Micah Mitchell, Jack Dopheide, Coy, Emerson, Harper, and Trice Meister, Keyah Sease, Laila, Hadley, Errett, Keely Meister, Madelynn, Connor Linton, and Noah Meister; siblings: Arnie (Marilyn) Grote of Wall Lake, Iowa, Leo (Lois) Grote of Wall Lake, Mike Grote of Moville, Iowa, Walt (Kathy) Grote of Wall Lake, and Luella (Bob) Wilwerding of Defiance, Iowa; sisters-in-law Delores Thompson of Lake View and Ruth Meister of Lake View; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Loretta Grote; parents-in-law Edward and Elizabeth Meister; brother Tony Grote; brothers-in-law Raymond Meister, Darrell Meister, Dale Meister, Roger O’Tool and Shorty Thompson; sisters-in-law Lillian Meister and Janet Grote; and granddaughter Holly Meister.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wall Lake with Monsignor Kenneth Seifried and Deacon Butch Stone officiating. Burial will follow at the Wall Lake Cemetery under the direction of Farber and Otteman Funeral Home. Luncheon will take place immediately following the burial at the church.

Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with a vigil at 7.