Carol A. Meyer, 85, sister of Spring Valley man

Carol A. Meyer, 85, of Byron, died on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, of natural causes at Madonna Towers Skilled Care in Rochester where she had been a resident since March.

Carol Ann Meyer was born on Feb. 25, 1934, in Cresco, Iowa, to Paul and Pearl (Leutink) Ruesink. She grew up on the family farm in rural Cherry Grove and attended Wykoff High School, graduating in 1951.

She was married on March 8, 1952, to Robert D. Meyer at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Cherry Grove. Following their marriage the couple lived in England where her husband was serving in the U.S. Air Force. Following his discharge, they returned and lived in Rochester.

Mrs. Meyer was a homemaker and caregiver and also was employed at Worall Hospital in Rochester. She waitressed at various restaurants in Rochester and was employed as a certified nursing assistant at Madonna Towers for a number of years.

The Meyer family moved to rural Byron in 1968, where they continued to make their home for many years. In 1973, they started Bob’s Countryside Electric, which the couple owned and operated for 35 years.

She was an active member of South Zumbro Lutheran Church serving with its Ladies Circles and was a member of the Byron American Legion Post 119 Ladies Auxiliary. She and her husband were members of the Southeast Minnesota Saddle Club and raised and showed quarter horses for a number of years. She was famous for her made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls that she donated to the Sisters of St. Marys Fall Bazaar and to fundraisers at South Zumbro Church.

She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening and canning, baking, cooking and was an avid Twins fan. She always enjoyed visiting with friends and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by three daughters and two sons, Bridget (Don) Bubendorf of Rochester, Robert Meyer, Jr., of Byron, Jeff (Deb) Meyer of Mantorville, Sherri (Fred) Diercks of Zumbro Falls and Deb (Mike) Yennie of Park Rapids; 12 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren; her brother, Richard (Gwen) Ruesink of Spring Valley; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and her parents.

The funeral was held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at South Zumbro Lutheran Church in rural Kasson with the Rev. Pete Wyttenbach and the Rev. Jordan Meyer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.

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