May 9, 2023 at 8:11 p.m.
Arnold F. “Arnie” Meier, 88, of Albany, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, May 2, 2023, at the CentraCare Care Center in Sauk Centre.
A Mass of Christian Burial was May 8 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany with the Rev. Julius Beckermann, O.S.B., officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.
Arnold Frank Meier was born Sept. 17, 1934, in Albany Township, Stearns County, to Bernard and Louise (Bauer) Meier. He attended Albany Area Schools. He was united in marriage to Virginia Scherping Oct. 4, 1955, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Arnie farmed all his life and retired in 2006. After retirement, the couple moved to Pondview Estates where Arnie started refurbishing old tractors. His favorite was a Ford 8N. He also built a people wagon, which the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren still enjoy for an afternoon ride. Arnie enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy. He loved them all dearly.
Arnie was an active church member on the parish council, ushering and as trustee. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Father Pierz Council 3628, Catholic United Financial, an Albany School Board member for more than 30 years, president of the Albany Heritage Society for many years and very involved in 4-H.
Survivors include his wife, Ginny Meier of Albany; sons and daughters David (Diane) Meier of Albany, Debra (Steve) Blenker of Albany, Donald (Kelly) Meier of Minnetonka, Nancy (Kevin) Cera of Brookville, Ohio, Thomas (Doreen) Meier of St. Cloud, and Dennis (Stephanie) Meier of Avon; and 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Arnie was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Louise Meier; sisters and brothers-in-law Marcella (Joe) Maritsch, Lillian Meier and Florence (Jim) Primus and niece Jean Hellermann.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Nate Brever and the staff at the Sauk Centre Care Center for the wonderful care they gave Arnie. Words can never express how grateful we are for each and every one of you.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services, of Melrose.