Emil L. Meinke, 89

Emil L. Meinke, 89, of Webster, died Sunday, June 11, 2006, at the Long Term Care Center of the Northfield Hospital.

Funeral services will be at St. John's Lutheran Church, Webster, on Thursday, June 15, at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Dr. Harald Schoubye officiating. Interment will be at St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Webster, with veteran's military rites provided by VFW Post #4393 of Northfield.

Visitation was held at the Boldt Funeral Home in Faribault on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

Emil L. Meinke, the son of Louis and Freida (Meyer) Meinke, was born August 18, 1916 at Webster. On June 27, 1942, he married Flora E. Dressel at St. John's Lutheran Church in Webster. She preceded him in death on July 22, 2004. He worked with his father as a water well driller prior to serving as a S/Sgt. in the U. S. Army in the European Theatre during World War II. He was a rural mail carrier from 1950-1978. Emil was a member of the American Legion and VFW of Northfield. He held various offices at St. John's Lutheran Church in Webster, including 25 years as Sunday School superintendent. He was active in the American Red Cross and taught gun safety and first aid, and was a member of the Rural Mail Carriers Association. He was a past secretary-treasurer of the AAL/Thrivent Branch at Webster.

He is survived by two children, Barbara (Orville) Schultz, Webster and Gary Meinke, Northfield; five grandchildren, Lou Ann (Randy) Wagner, Ellen (Bradley) Schiell, Diane (Gregory) Novotny, Steven (Christine) Schultz and Sandra Michael) Kroyer; 10 great-grandchildren, Brian, Megan and Amanda Wagner, Christopher and Sarah Schiell, Ashley Zachow, Hunter Novotny, Alexandra and Andrew Schultz and Jacob Kroyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; four sisters, Esther Borgstahl Ableman, Hulda Harder, Ottelia Harder and Erna Virak-Kaderlik; and a brother, Adolph Meinke.

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