In Memory of Sally Meimann

Sally Meimann
Sally Meimann
Born: February 5, 1915
Died: September 1, 2014
Age: 99
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Sally Meimann
February 5, 1915 - September 1, 2014
From: Nevada, IA

Sally Meimann, 99, formerly of rural Nevada, died Monday, September 1, 2014, at Bethany Manor in Story City, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 6, 2014, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Nevada, with Fr. John Herzog officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Nevada.  Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 5-7 p.m. with a short prayer service at 7 p.m. 

Sally was born in Keota on February 5, 1915, the daughter of Charles and Rose Pfeiffer.  She received her RN degree from St. Thomas Mercy in Marshalltown in 1937, and worked as a public health nurse in Marshall County.  On November 27, 1940, Sally was married to Lester Meimann, becoming a farm wife and mother, and later continuing to practice her nursing skills at the Johnson Clinic in Nevada.  She and Les farmed for six years near Zearing and then for 37 years near Fernald.  After Les’s passing in 1983, Sally continued to make her home on the farm until moving to Timberland Assisted Living in Story City at age 97.

Sally immersed herself tirelessly in her church and community, taking leadership roles directing the St. Patrick’s Church choir, singing or playing violin at countless weddings, funerals and holiday celebrations.  She also served as a 4-H leader, and participated in many school activities in Fernald and Colo, Story County Porkettes, Secretary to the Health Improvement Association (which provided nursing scholarships), St. Ann’s Study club, Richland Garden Club and the Sorosis Club.  She also was an avid card player, enjoying many social games of bridge and 500.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol (Phil) Ehemann of Colorado Springs, CO, and Jean (Tom) Christen of Ft. Collins, CO; two sons, Jim (Sue) Meimann of Des Moines, and Bob (Liz) Meimann of rural Nevada; two sisters, Virginia (Tony) Knoll of Marshalltown, and Ilo (Chuck) McBurney of Bettendorf; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Les; an infant son; one grandson; one great-granddaughter; three brothers; and two sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Sally's name may be directed to Timberland Village Assisted Living, Story City, Iowa. 
Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Sally and her family.

“They whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before.  They are now wherever we are.”  -St. John Chrysostom


Monday, September 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM
“We are so sorry to learn of Sally's death. When we began attending St. Patrick's in Nevada, Sally and Les were among the first to welcome us and make us feel at home. They were always so gracious and warm. When Les died, I shared this verse with Sally: Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." I haven't seen Sally in years, but she left a lasting impression on me, and I know that this sweet saint is enjoying her reunion with Les and, most importantly, with her Savior. Our deepest sympathy to her family.”
- John and Peggy Evans
Friday, September 12, 2014 at 7:23 PM
“My sympathy to all of Sally's family. I so enjoyed the two times Sister Marie and I spent visiting with your mother and hearing about her family and early life in Keota. She was such a pleasant and happy lady who improved the lives of so many with her God-given talents. Everyone is so much the richer for her fullness of life. I know she lived in a lot of pain with her back, but she never complained and always went out of the way to make you feel welcome.
I am sorry that we were gone and not able to attend the funeral. I would have loved to have been there to send her off to her eternal and well deserved place in Heaven. ”
Friday, September 5, 2014 at 7:39 PM
“We were so blessed to meet Sally last summer! She was so very kind, and had a light in her eye, enjoyed conversation, and was obviously very proud of her children.”
- Pat,Kara, Ann, Ruth, Jane, and Kathleen Hrbacek
Friday, September 5, 2014 at 7:39 PM
“Sally was a positive, gentle soul. She was most gracious and friendly each time I saw her. Our sympathy and wishes go out to her special family. God bless you. ”
- Margaret Beckman
Friday, September 5, 2014 at 7:39 PM
“Thinking of you Bob and Liz at this time. What a long fulfilled life here on earth. What memories your hearts must hold! ”
- John and Deb Allen
Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM
“We are sad to hear that Sally passed away. We met her when we were visiting in Iowa with the Coverdales.In 2005 she served us a great dinner in her cosy little house and in 2009 we had coffee with her in her nice little house on Bob and Liz'farm with our children and grandchildren. Great memories of a grand little lady. Always in our hearts. Dear memories. For all the people who will miss her, especially her children, grandchildren: She was so proud to talk about you! We wish you all the strength to celebrate her life on September 6. In our thoughts we will be there.”
- Mink and Regina Sijtsma
Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 3:16 PM
“Sally was such as wonderful person. I have very fond memories of my parents and I visiting Les and Sally years ago. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.”
- DeeAnn Drew
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 10:34 AM
“So Sorry for your loss, Jim. Sally was a great lady. I can still taste those great peach pies. She was a blessing to all she came in touch with and we were all lucky to have known her. Life will be poorer without her, but our memories will help us carry on. Our Warmest Regards to you and Sue and all your family. Tom & Gayle”
- Tom and Gayle Vogel
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11 a.m.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Nevada, Iowa


Fr. John Herzog


Greg Rivera
Jacob Wostrel
John Snitko
Casey Unruh
Grant Severson
Bryan O'Neill
Ryan Mortier


5-7 p.m.
Friday, September 5, 2014
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Nevada, Iowa


Deb Mitchell, Pianist
Cindy Martin, Song Leader
Amelia & Ruth Fiscus, Musicians


St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery
Nevada, Iowa