Marcella M. Meeker, 99
Marcella M. Meeker, 99, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Monday, May 20, 2019, at Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague, Minnesota.
Marcella Marjorie Baldner was born on Oct. 13, 1919, in Adams, Minnesota, to Roy and Clara (King) Baldner. She attended Shaw School and graduated from Austin High School in 1937. Following high school, Marcella worked at Hormel Foods in Austin as a secretary for 10 years. On Dec. 15, 1944, she was united in marriage to Myron Meeker at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin. In 1946, they moved to Osage, Iowa, where they owned and operated a bowling alley with Myron’s parents. The couple returned to Austin in 1949 and were blessed with three children. Marcella enjoyed her role as homemaker, wife and mother. She was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where she belonged to the Ladies’ Aid and bowled on the church league for many years. She also volunteered as a typist for the Red Cross blood drives. Marcella was well loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her daughters, Janelle (David) Shaffer of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Janet (Gary) Columb of Albuquerque, New Mexico; son, Scott (Mary Lynn) Meeker of Webster, Minnesota; grandchildren, Melinda (John) Kollus, Rebecca Shaffer (Jacqueline Angelini), Amanda (Viktor) Axelsson, Thomas (Janette) Shaffer of San Diego, California, and Jack (Jamie) Columb of Albuquerque; sisters, Darlene Trimble of Austin, Dorothy Swenson of Baxter, Minnesota, Janice Christiansen of Buffalo, Minnesota, Diane Haseth of Austin and Jewell Weeks of Austin; brother, John (Linda) Baldner of Tempe, Arizona; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Myron Meeker; sisters, Marion Larson and Shirley Wherry; brother, Don Baldner; and brothers-in-law, Ed Haseth, Jim Swenson, Darrell “Mick” Wherry, Lynn “Bud” Larson, Harold Trimble and Jim Christiansen.
Graveside services will be held at a later date. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.