(Florence) Jeanne (Elizabeth) Brennan Meier, age 91, of Winona, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2013, at her home due to health issues.
Jeanne was born in Garrett, Ind., to Peter and Agnes (Lauby) Brennan on November 24, 1921. Jeanne received a four-year scholarship to attend the College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minn. She received her B.A. in 1943 with a double major in mathematics and business, minors in French and English and an Indiana Teacher Certificate. Jeanne then began her teaching career in Garrett, Ind., instructing at Garrett High School in the business department, teaching bookkeeping, business law, business arithmetic and social business.
While attending St. Teresa’s, Jeanne met her future husband. On August 16, 1944, she and Gerald Sampson Meier, of Winona, were married at Camp Parks, Oakland, Calif. At that time, Mr. Meier was a SeaBee in the Construction Battalion of the Navy and was leaving for Iwo Jima. Jeanne returned to teaching in Garrett, Indiana. After World War II, in April of 1946, they established their home in Winona.
In 1969, Jeanne did graduate work at Winona State University to qualify for her Minnesota teaching certificate and then did substitute teaching for ten years (1969-1979) at Cotter High School, Winona Area Vocational School and Cochrane-Fountain City High School.
Jeanne did extensive volunteer work with the March of Dimes, was active in the Democratic Party, and served on the boards of the American Heart Association, the National Council of Catholic Women, and the College of St. Teresa Alumni Association. Jeanne was very active in volunteer work at the College of Saint Teresa, St. Mary’s Parish and the Council of Catholic Women.
In 1981, Jeanne was awarded the PRO ECCLESIA ET PONTIFICAL MEDAL from Pope John Paul II for work in the Church, and she was also honored to receive the Bishop’s Medal from Bishop Loras Watters, as President of Winona Diocesan CCW.
She is survived by her 11 children: Gaylen Marie Stoa, Brookfield, Wis., Dr. Peter Brennan (Catherine) Meier, St. Paul, Minn., Dr. Hans Paul Meier, Minneapolis, Minn., Gary Edward (Linda) Meier, Winona, Minn., Phillip Richard (Mary) Meier, Winona, Minn., Gretel Jean (Terry Streich) Meier, Golden Valley, Minn., Roger Joseph (Carolyn) Meier, Minneapolis, Minn., Gerald William (Suwaporn Heuer) Meier, St. Louis Park, Minn., Dr. Mary Elizabeth (Cole Eslyn) Meier, Austin, Texas, Christopher George (Angelina Drazkowski) Meier, Winona, Minn., and John Gregory (Prichaya Ruxsamuang) Meier, San Francisco, Calif. Jeanne is also survived by 29 grandchildren and step-grandchildren: Patrick (Stephanie) Stoa, Craig Stoa, Mark (Anne) Meier, Sarah (Ken) Woodring, Elizabeth Meier, Christina (Alexei) Kortev, Angela (Fadi) Azzam, Natalie (Micah) Muller, Brennan Meier, Scott Meier, Michelle (Tom) Hagen, Lukas Streich, Eric Streich, Jessica (Craig) Dykstra, Kristen (Marcus) Moody, Sarah (Tony) Phelps, David (Meredith) Poore, Jacolbi Meier, Sean (Tria) Meier, Courtney Meier, Priscilla Meier, Max Meier, Lydia Meier, and Fern Hansakunathai, Luke Eslyn, Lee Eslyn, and Carrie (Mike) Hanson; 13 great-grandchildren: Rosalyn, Anthony, Joseph, Eleanor, Meredith, and Paul Stoa, Karinna and Amelie Meier, Kenneth Peter and Ella Woodring, Nadia Moubid, Shayna, and Sean Christopher Meier Jr. In addition, she had 13 step-great-grandchildren: Farrah Azzam, Rose Marie and Laurel Dykstra, Julie and Lily Phelps, Jasmine and Elijah Moody, Lila and Cooper Poore, Linda Meier, Max and Ethan Hanson, and Tristan Hagen. Jeanne is also survived by sisters-in-law Lucy Brennan, Jeanne Meier Gervais of Currie, Minn., and Rita Meier of Winona, Minn., and brother-in-law, David (Nora) Meier of Deer Lodge, Mich.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Gerald Sampson Meier; sisters: Margaret, Gertrude, and Mary; brothers: Bernard and John; father-in-law, Paul A. Meier; and mother-in-law, Ethyl Pearl Meier.
A special thanks to Dr. Parker, nurses, and aids who managed Jeanne’s health and all her home helpers, especially Carolyn Speltz and Marcy Borgschatz.
Services to remember Jeanne will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Chapel of St. Mary of the Angels, at the corner of Vila and Seventh streets, Winona, with Reverend James Berning officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Winona.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 11, at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona.
Honorary casket bearers will be Jeanne’s eleven children.
Casket bearers will be grandsons: Patrick Stoa, Craig Stoa, Mark Meier, Scott Meier, Brennan Meier, Luke Streich, Eric Streich, Jacolbi Meier, Sean Meier, Max Meier and David Poore.
Memorials may be directed to a society or charity of the donor’s choice.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Winona.