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Meister (AP)
helen m. meister

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

Feb. 25, 1928 - March 21, 2013

OSCEOLA — Helen Marie Meister, 85, forever “39,” passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, after a brief illness.

Helen was the tenth child born to Merritt Eli and Ella Minnie (Hammel) Bowles in Plymouth.

On May 27, 1944, she married Benjamin Floyd Meister in Mishawaka. They resided in Mishawaka and Osceola. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1989.

Helen is survived by her three children, Dawn Seifer of Plymouth, Christine (Harold) Tolbert of Edwardsburg, Mich., and William (Karen) Meister of Osceola. She was a grandmother of 14; a great-grandmother of 27; and a great-great-grandmother of 18. Helen is also survived by two sisters, Lillian Bowles and Mildred Grolich, both of Plymouth.

She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Virgil Seifer, along with seven siblings, Merritt, John, Tom, Bill and Joseph Bowles, Margaret Goodrich and Katherine Hisey.

Helen worked for Ball Band (Uni-Royal) and most recently as a food demonstrator at Sam’s Club. Helen worked hard at all she did. She was a very loving mother and friend to all. She was always helping someone out. Finding bargains was her passion, so she could keep on gambling.

Friends may visit with the family from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka. A service celebrating Helen’s life will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1314 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, with the Rev. Steven Reisner officiating. Friends may also visit from 10 a.m. until service time Monday, at the church. Burial is to follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Plymouth.

Memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s name to either Hospice Foundation, 4220 Edison Lakes Parkway, Suite 210, Mishawaka, IN 46545; or to the Humane Society of St. Joseph County, 2506 Grape Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545.

Rest In Peace

You will never be forgotten, Mom.

As long as life and memory last we will remember you.

We will miss you now, our hearts are aching.

As time goes by, we will miss you more, your loving smile,

Your gentle face, and no one can fill your vacant place.

So sleep now Mom for your time has come,

Sleep with no worries, one day again you’ll see the sun

So sleep peacefully now Mom knowing in our hearts

You’ll always stay.