Vivian Meyer


Vivian Margery Laura Meyer, 84, of Garnavillo, Iowa, died Friday November 8, 2013, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. Vivian was born on the family farm north of Garnavillo to Edwin and Bernice (Schumacher) Milewsky on February 18, 1929. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Garnavillo where she remained a lifelong member.

Vivian graduated from Garnavillo High School in 1946. She earned her teacher’s certificate from Iowa State Teachers’ College in Cedar Falls, IA in 1948 and taught two years in the Parkersburg School District. On June 1, 1950, Vivian was united in marriage to John C. Meyer of Elkader at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Garnavillo. Their union was blessed with four daughters. Vivian enjoyed time with her family, baking, gardening, and attending her daughters’ school events in the Garnavillo School District where she also worked a number of years as a teacher’s aide. She farmed the family farm with her husband until 1987 when they moved to 106 W. Watson in Garnavillo, where she resided until her death. 

Vivian remained a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where she had taught Sunday school. Over the years she had been a member and served in various officer roles of the Women of the ELCA and The Ladies Aid. As she became more homebound during her struggle with Parkinson’s disease, she especially enjoyed visits from family, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, John, four daughters Jane (Ron) Thein, of Garnavillo, Joyce (Robert) Numedahl of Ossian, Patti (Frank Jr.) Wacker of Elkader and Pauline Meyer of Appleton, WI; seven grandchildren, Jacob (Darla) Thein, of Springville, IA,  Erin (Scott) Schoenhard of Dubuque, Rodney Numedahl and Richard (Christie) Numedahl of Ossian, Thomas and James Wacker of Elkader, and Daniel Meyer of Appleton, WI; great-grandchildren Sydney and Kaci Schoenhard, and Cashden Numedahl, and many other relatives and friends.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents.

Casketbearers were grandsons: Jacob Thein, Rodney Numedahl, Richard Numedahl, Thomas Wacker, James Wacker and Daniel Meyer

 Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Garnavillo, IA, where the family received friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, 2013, and one hour before service at church. Funeral services were at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Garnavillo, Iowa at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 13, 2013. The Rev. Wayne Ellingson officiated.  Interment was at Garnavillo Community Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to St. Paul Church in Garnavillo, Garnavillo First Responders, Guttenberg Municipal Hospital or the Parkinson’s Foundation.

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