In Memory of

Ruth Anna Meehan

December 11, 1922 - January 20, 2019
From: Marcus, IA
Ruth Ann Meehan, a life-long resident of Marcus, passed away on Sunday afternoon, January 20, at the age of 96, surrounded by members of her family. She fell asleep peacefully in Jesus her Good Shepherd whom she served and followed throughout her life. Ruth Ann was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a faithful Christian woman.
Ruth Anna Edna (Ohlendorf) Meehan was born on December 11, 1922, at the home of her parents, Henry and Anna (Kirchoff) Ohlendorf. She was born into a large family, and was surrounded by many extended family members while growing up. She was baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection on February 4, 1923 by Rev. A.C. Ilten, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, at the family home south of Marcus. The youngest of twelve children, Ruth Ann attended country school in Amherst Township through the eighth grade, and attended Confirmation school at Trinity Lutheran Church. She affirmed her Baptismal vows in the Rite of Confirmation on March 21, 1937 at Trinity Lutheran Church and was confirmed by Rev. E.L. Wittkop. Ruth Ann graduated from Marcus High School in 1941, and moved with her parents into Marcus. For a number of years prior to marriage, she worked at the West Iowa Telephone Exchange as an operator and enjoyed her time there with her co-workers. Ruth Ann was an avid softball player and pitched for the Marcus young women’s softball team.
Ruth Ann Ohlendorf was united in marriage to John Francis (Hans) Meehan, son of John and Margaret (McClintock) Meehan, on April 16, 1955 at Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus. They were blessed with four children: Kathleen Meehan, Jeanine Meehan, Rev. John Meehan, and Thomas Meehan. Hans and Ruth Ann farmed on the Meehan home place northeast of Marcus for many years before retiring to Marcus. Hans passed away on September 14, 1995.
Ruth Ann will be remembered as a person who loved being outside, in the country as well as in town. She kept active throughout her entire life and enjoyed her family, gardening, flowers, playing piano, word puzzles, and watching game shows and basketball on TV. Ruth Ann was a faithful member of Peace Lutheran Church, as well as the Mary & Martha Society. She also helped with the Braille printing ministry at church. Ruth Ann could be seen on her daily walks around Marcus, and also bowled on an afternoon league team. She took special joy in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ruth Ann was preceded in death by her husband, seven sisters and four brothers. Survivors include her children: Kathleen and special friend, Paul Wiebersch; Jeanine; John (June); and Tom (Susie); twelve grandchildren: Angela (Matt) Gloyd; Alecia (Steven) Regennitter; Amanda (Jon) Schreier; Ciara Miller and special friend, Spencer Snyder; Julianne (Dan) Thompson; Jacob Meehan; Mary Catherine Meehan; Caroline Meehan; Johanna Meehan; Alison Meehan; Rachael Meehan; and Sarah Meehan; and nine great-grandchildren: Reise, Logan, Jorja, Madilyn, Colton, Paris, Brooklyn, Owen, and Kylie. Also surviving are numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews, as well as friends and neighbors.
 "I am the resurrection and the life,” says the Lord. “He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.” (John 11:25-26).
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Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at the Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus, Iowa.

The family requests memorials be made to Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus.
Pastor Kevin Roop
Jacob Meehan
Matt Gloyd
Steven Regennitter
Dan Thompson
Paul Wiebersch
Bob Warrender
Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday and continue with family present until service time at the church.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 9:10 AM
“My sympathy to all on the passing of Aunt Ruth as I called her the great Matriarch of the Iowa Meehans. I know from my experience it hurts like hell no matter how much you may have expected it. My mother and MayBelle and CATHERINE thought the world of Aunt Ruth. It. Is difficult for me to say to you all for what would be truly.appropriate under the circumstances other than appreciate the life she had with you and the life and love she provided and she shared. I think of Catherinr, MayBelle and my mom and I thank God for the Meehans every day of my life---long life Aunt Ruth, Uncle Hans. AND ALL OF YOU---Sympathy, Respect, and Love to you all. johnmartin”
- John. Martin
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 3:22 PM
“your loss but Heaven's. gain. My. Uncle Hans has his wife with him again! Respect and love to the Meehans during your mourning for such a good person. -jmartin oakland ca. Love. To you all!!!!”
- John. Martin
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 1:31 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. John and Jeannie, my thoughts are especially with you at this difficult time. May your memories comfort you.”
- Penny Bierman
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 10:45 AM
“No wonder YOU are such a wonderful Child of Christ, Pastor Meehan! What a role model you followed. Condolences on the loss of your mother - beautiful in heart and soul and a good and faithful servant of our Lord. Prayers for peace for your entire family. I miss you all!
- Betty Shanklin
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 10:45 AM
“We are sorry to hear of your loss but know you are comforted by the blessed assurance that she is with our Lord, God Bless”
- Janet, Rodney and Stephanie Smith
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 10:45 AM
“I'm sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. I enjoyed getting to know her while I was teaching in Marcus. ”
- Katie Barber
Monday, January 21, 2019 at 3:17 PM
“Pastor, Joe and I send our deepest sympathies at the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love Joe and Carol”
- Carol de la Torre
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