Meister, Doris

Doris June Meister, 94, of rural Alvordton, Ohio, died Jan. 10, 2019, at her home.

She was born June 15, 1924, in Wauseon, the daughter of Archie and Mabel (Stoops) Fidler.

Doris grew up in Fayette and graduated from Gorham-Fayette High School with the class of 1942. That same year, she married the love of her life, Donald “Jr.” Ledyard on July 4, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 8, 1985. She later married Harold G. Meister on May 2, 1992, and he also preceded her in death a year later in 1993.

Jr. and Doris established Hillsdale County Meats in 1960, originally on Elm Road in Hudson, before moving it to its present location on Territorial Road near Waldron. She wrapped meat for the business for many years and always worked hard. She enjoyed horses and belonged to the Bits and Harness Pony Pulling Club. She is remembered for her quilting and cooking talent and her love for playing cards. In later years she greatly anticipated high school basketball season, where she would proudly watch her grandchildren play. She was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church in Burlington.

She is survived by three children, Grover (and Mary Anita) Ledyard of Alvordton, Peggy (and Jan) Hutchison of West Unity, Ohio, and Marcia (and Tom) Holsopple of West Unity; four step-children, Kathy Meister of Jackson, Mich., John (and Jacquie) Meister of Waldron, James (and Kathy) Meister of Whiteford, Md., and Jane (and Joe) Whisler of Bryan, Ohio; five grandchildren, Jon Hutchison, Dawn Bowling, Grove Dietrich, Lisa Dietrich, Kent Holsopple, and Brad Holsopple; eight step-grandchildren, Willie, Megan, Sara, Jeana, Jacob, Brett, Scott, and April; 14 great-grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Norma Fidler of Waldron.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Jim and Earl Fidler; a son, Max E. Ledyard; and a step-son, Richard Meister.

Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette. Funeral services are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at St. James Lutheran Church in Burlington, with Pastor James Strawn officiating. Dinner will follow and interment will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. James Church Lutheran Missions Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.