Funeral Services: Will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fontanelle with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery. Pastor Steven Broers will officiate the service. The Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle is in charge of the professional arrangements. Due to State and Federal guidance with regard to COVID-19, the family, church and funeral home requests masks be worn, and social distancing to be practiced. There will be limited seating at the church.
Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family, church and funeral home requests masks to be worn, social distancing to be practiced and there will be limited seating at the church.
Open Visitation: Will be held on Friday, September 11, 2020, at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Friday evening at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Care Initiatives or to the Good Samaritan Society in Fontanelle.
Verlene June Meishenheimer was born June 18, 1929, the daughter of Carl and Hannah (Jensen) Rohner in Fontanelle, Iowa. She passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fontanelle, Iowa, at the age of 91.
Verlene married William (Bill) Meisenheimer on June 2, 1948, in Lutheran parsonage in Des Moines, Iowa. To this union two daughters were born: Wanda-Feb. 16, 1951 and Waneta-Feb. 9, 1956. Verlene taught school at Prussia No. 8 a year before they were married with 14 pupils in all grades except 5th and 7th grades. They always lived in Adair County. In March 1951, they purchased a 160-acre farm in Grove Township. Verlene was a 4-H leader for 11 years. They attended Grove Chapel and Clara Chapel Churches and bible school. Later years attended the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fontanelle and Verlene was baptized there.
Bill and Verlene liked to dance and she was taught piano lessons, the teacher told her mom she doesn’t need lessons, she is playing by ear. Verlene won awards for different activities. Music was her special thing to play everyone’s favorite song. When Wanda and Waneta were still home they would hear a song on radio and want Verlene to play it and she did, sounded the same. She liked to go on the bank trips with Wanda to the Cher concert in Des Moines and LeMars where Blue Bunny Ice Cream is made. She liked anything with chocolate, especially pancakes with chocolate chips. Verlene was known for her homemade vegetable soup with Chinese secret recipe and monster bars. She liked to play cards with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and watching them in their sport activities. She loved Wanda’s dog, Cookee, giving her massages. She would look out the window and Wanda said bark at grandma and she did. Verlene and Cookee was hooked at the hip. Verlene was a wonderful “Mom” and “Grandma” - "Great Grandma" - Love You, Miss You.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; and grandson, Wyatt Voth; brother, Lee Rohner; sister-in-law, Evelyn Rohner.
She is survived by her two daughters, Wanda Meisenheimer of Greenfield and Waneta Blazek of Centerville, Iowa; two grandchildren, Byron Blazek and wife Jerri and Stacey Blazek; three great grandchildren, Dawson and Taylor Blazek and Timothy Blazek; brother-in-law, Bob Meisenheimer and wife Sharon of Johnston, Iowa; other relatives and friends.