Nordis (Mrs. Walbert) Meinke, age 84, of
Webster, died on Sunday,
October 21, 2007 at the Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center,
Funeral services will be held at St John's Lutheran Church, Webster on
Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Harold Schoubye
officiating. Interment will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on
Wednesday, October 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. and also at the church for one hour
prior to the service on Thursday.
Nordis Jeanette, the daughter of Joe and Lillian (Thompson) Docken was
born on September 7, 1923 in Webster Township, Rice County, MN. She
graduated from Northfield High School in 1941. On November 17, 1944, she
married Walbert Meinke at St John's Lutheran Church in Lakeville. During
the late 30's and 40's, Nordis worked at Tallman's Grocery in Webster. She
moved to the farm in 1951 with her husband and son, Robert. She enjoyed
playing cards, fishing for sunfish, tending flowers (anything purple and red
geraniums), watching the MN Twins, embroidering dishtowels, tablecloths,
pillow cases and cross-stitching. She raised calves and enjoyed milking
cows. She was close to family and grandchildren and enjoyed spending time
with them. Nordis made great date pinwheel cookies and assorted baked
goods. She had a sweet tooth especially for black jellybeans and candy
She is survived by her husband, Walbert of Webster; a son, Robert (and
Stephanie) of Bloomington; two grandchildren, Matthew (and Molly) Meinke of
Apple Valley and Katie Meinke of Bloomington; a brother, Joe (and Lorna)
Docken of Webster and a sister, JoAnn Meinke of Webster; nieces, nephews and
cousins; an uncle, Loyal Thompson of Minneapolis; and a sister in law,
Olinda Degen, Faribault.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jerome Docken; a
brother-in-law, Richard Meinke; nieces, Sandra Meinke and Shirley Bosshardt;
and a nephew, Edgar Meinke Jr.
To Mr. Meinke & Family, First of all, let me introduce myself. I am Adeline Malecha Riha, daughter of the late Ben Malecha (Lonsdale insurance agent) and Mary A. Malecha, a current resident of the Long Term Care Center at the Northfield Hospital. I first met Nordis, your wife, mother and grandmother when Mom entered the Care Center in December, 2005. She and Mom knew one another quite well; you had insurance from Dad. Nordis was such a friendly person who had a smile for everyone, even when it was painful for her. I would tease her about eating the wonderful "Spinach Souffle" the Care Center would serve for meals...she really didn't like it at all and chuckled when I told her it was good for her :) When asked how she felt, she would say "OK" or "Getting Better", never a word of feeling ill or being in pain. She was a wonderful person who had a heart that encompassed everyone. Her spirit will live on in all our hearts,I know it will in mine. It was a pleasure to know Nordis, even if for a short time. God Bless her. Adeline Malecha Riha 1620 Clare Court North Mankato, MN 56003-3403