Helen Meiners

Helen R. Meiners, 98, formerly of Brownsville, Minn., passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Caledonia Care and Rehab.

She was born Dec. 1, 1913, in Ligonier, Ind., to Guy and Wilma (Growcock) Besse. On Dec. 29, 1932, she married Henry Schmoll and they later divorced. On March 26, 1970, Helen married Marvin Meiners in Decorah, Iowa. Together they farmed in Winnebago Township for many years. Marvin preceded Helen in death on Oct. 8, 2011. In addition to farming, she was an Avon Dealer for 51 years.

Survivors include her three children, Jean Klein, Rochester, Minn.; Donnie (JoAnne) Schmoll, Newark, Ohio, and Kenny (Shirley) Schmoll, Hendersonville, N.C.; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Russell “Tubby” (Lorraine) Besse, Brownsville, Minn.; four step-children, Devoine (Barbara) Meiners, Eitzen, Minn.; Harley (Joanne) Meiners, Caledonia; Allen (Connie) Meiners, Eitzen, and Glenda (James) Miller, Caledonia; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Marvin, Helen was preceded in death by four brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Christ Community Ev. Free Church, 188 Plum St. (corner of 2nd and Plum Streets), New Albin, Iowa. Pastor Jim Olsen will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Caledonia. Friends may call at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, 518 W. Main St., Caledonia, on Monday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.