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Fred Meister Sr.

Fred Meister Sr.

Fred P. Meister, Sr., 62, of New Athens born December 6, 1949 in Belleville, IL, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2012 peacefully at his home after a short battle with cancer. He served in the US Army from 1969-71. He worked for Peerless Stove factory for many years and recently worked for the Village of New Athens.

Fred was preceded in death by his father, Fred E. Meister, his step-father Ulysses “Jack” Grant, his brother Dwaine Meister and his sister Marsha Grant.

He is survived by his mother, Helen (Reuss) Grant; his children, Fred P. (Shelly) Meister, Jr. of Marissa, Bridget (Bill) Hurst of Waterloo and Brittany Meister of Richmond Heights, Mo.; his niece that he raised as his own, Nicole (Winkleman) Krack of Evansville, IL; his grandchildren, Charly Meister of Marissa; Kayla, Camden and Kyra Hurst of Waterloo; His brothers, Joe (Marsha) Meister of New Athens and Greg (Vicki) Meister of Mascoutah; His former wives, Teddi (Lannom) Beshears and Debra (Winkleman) Mell both of New Athens; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family.

Visitation: A memorial gathering for Fred will be Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens.

Funeral: Graveside services will be held Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating. Per Fred’s request, cremation was to take place.

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  1. Administrator says:

    My dear Uncle Fred, I am so very thankful that I was in Illinois in June and got to spend time with you at the Ruess Reunion and even more grateful of the time you, Uncle Greg and I spent at the clubhouse my last full day there. We laughed and joked around and talked about my dad. I love you and will miss you always. ~Your niece, Jenna

    Posted by: Jenelee Meister – Portland, OR – Niece Oct 29, 2012

  2. Administrator says:

    I want to let the Meister family know that my prayers are going out to you. I knew Fred many years ago. We had alot of fun times together. It’s really sad when good people leave us to soon. Just remember all the good times you had together. I pray that you have the strength to get though this, although I know it won’t be easy. I lost my mom and dad, so I know what your going through. God’s love to all of you.

    Posted by: Jane Greenlee Lessard – Sullivan, MO – old friend Oct 29, 2012

  3. Administrator says:

    Brittany,
    I’m sorry I won’t be able to make the services, know that I am thinking of you and you family in your time of sorrow. I can tell you that it does get easier with time. Let me know if I can do anything. <3>

    Posted by: denise – st louis, MO Oct 30, 2012

  4. Administrator says:

    Fred was such a good friend to me when I started my job at Peerless, as the years went by I became friends with all four of the Meister boys. I will miss my buddy. So sorry for the loss of such a good person.

    Posted by: Vicki – Mascoutah, IL – Sister-in-law Oct 31, 2012

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