Published 8:42 am Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Phyllis Meyer of Alden, age 93, died Friday, May 5, 2023, at her home in Alden, MN. The Memorial Service will be held Monday, May 15, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at United Lutheran Church in Walters, MN with Pastor Don Rose officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the church in Walters. Burial will be in Walters Cemetery. Nasinec Funeral Home in Wells is entrusted with arrangements. Please see www.nasinecfh.com to leave online condolences.
Phyllis Freida Neve Meyer was born on January 11, 1930 at Naeve Hospital, Albert Lea, Minnesota, to George and Freida (Behr) Neve. Phyllis was baptized at home, the upstairs apartment over Koetke’s Store, on February 2, 1930. She was confirmed in her faith at Faith Lutheran Church in Walters, MN.
As a teenager during World War II, she spent the summers of ‘43 and ‘44 helping her dad wire farms for electricity. She was also a pianist and the first organist for Faith Lutheran Church. She was the organist for many weddings.
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Phyllis attended District 83 grade school, which was a white school house on the hill in Walters. She graduated from Kiester High School in 1947. She worked for a year as the Kiester School secretary.
She married Lloyd Meyer on a very hot Sunday evening, August 22, 1948, at Faith Lutheran Church in Walters. That fall they moved into a new home built by George Neve.
She was a bookkeeper for the Merchants Co-op Egg Association before becoming the mother to 14 children. The family lived on the Meyer farm north of Walters. After years of canning, baking and sewing for her family at home, she started work at the Walters School as the cook. When the school closed, she finished her school cooking career as the head cook at Kiester-Walters High School in 1996, after serving lunch for 24 years.
Phyllis gave of her time to her church and community. Through the years she had been a Sunday school and confirmation teacher, directed the junior choir, served on the church council, and was a LCW member. For a number of summers, she worked alongside her kids as part of the Meyer bean walking crew. She served on the Faribault County Library Board, volunteered as the Walters librarian, was a Hospice volunteer for 16 years and an Alden Community Museum board member, delivered Meals on Wheels, enjoyed being part of the RSVP Reader’s Theater and was a columnist for The Alden Advance since 2000. She also was a caregiver to her husband and parents.
Phyllis moved to Alden in September of 2004, having lived on the hill by Walters for 54 years.
She was a member of United Lutheran Church of Walters, Tuesday Study Club and the Alden Book Club.
Phyllis enjoyed reading, gardening, quilting (especially t-shirt quilts), sewing – which included patching jeans, darning socks and making dresses for her girls, including three wedding dresses, walking, writing letters, family and community history, giving tours at the museum, and baking bread and cabbage pies to share with family and friends. She treasured time spent with her family. She traveled from coast to coast and in between to visit family. Her travels to California gave her the opportunity to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge fifteen times!
Survived by children: Steve Meyer of Richmond, CA., Kathy Streiff of Owatonna, MN., Kris (Gene) Klingbeil of Burnsville, MN., Lori (Joe) Robertson of Bentonville, AR., Lou (Jim) Henderson of Virgina Beach, VA., Kevin (Carmen) Meyer of Mankato, MN., Jon (Nancy) Meyer of Faribault, MN., Beth (Jeff) Zeller of Alden, MN., Brenda (Bruce) Hermanson of Burnsville, MN., Bill (Jayne) Meyer of Bricelyn, MN., Paul (DeDe) Meyer of Mankato, MN., Lloyd Meyer II of Kasson, MN. and Tina (Brent) Kappler of Lee’s Summit, MO., son-in-law Daryl Ring, 25 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 5 step great-grandchildren, sister: Glennyce (Paul) Reimers of Wichita, KS, numerous nieces and nephews and their families, and sister-in-law Violet Meyer.
Preceded in death by husband Lloyd Meyer in 1995, daughter Karen Ring in 2023, granddaughter Angela Meyer (daughter of Jon and Nancy Meyer) in 1982, sons-in-law Stuart Streiff in 2015 and Dayton Azevedo in 2022, father George Neve in 1987, mother Freida (Behr) Neve in 1994, father-in-law Bernhard (B.W.) Meyer in 1966, mother-in-law Della Meyer in 1975, sister Eunice Simonson and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Al Simonson, Mel and Hazel Meyer, Harold and Irma Meyer, Florence and Lyle Rupp, Floyd and Marcia Meyer, Pauline and Elmer Tysver, Clarence Meyer and special friend, Dick Thunstedt.
Memorials are preferred to Mayo Hospice.
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