Wilfried Meers, age 91 of West Fargo, North Dakota, formerly of Chokio, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2020, at the Sanford Hospice House in Fargo, ND.
Visitation for Wilfried will be on Thursday, August 27,2020, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN.
Visitation will continue at 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2020, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church near Johnson, MN.
Funeral for Wilfried Meers will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2020, at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church near Johnson, MN, with Reverend Donald Main and Reverend Andrew Krause officiating. Burial will be at the Trinity Church Cemetery, Johnson.
While maintaining social distancing guidelines, we are now able to accommodate gatherings of up to 250 people. The use of face masks by attendees is required, and we will continue taking the necessary steps to keep our facility clean. For those who prefer or require continued precautions, webcasting and/or livestreaming is available in most situations.
Wilfried Martin Meers was born on August 26, 1928, to Martin Henry and Gesche (Jessie) Gesine Dorothea (von Aswege) Meers in Graceville, MN. He was baptized at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church near Johnson, MN in 1928. The 3rd of 4 children, and only son, Wilfried and his sisters lived in Johnson until 1932, when his parent purchased the farm site in rural Chokio. He attended his first six years of school at District 46, rural Chokio, and concluded his elementary education at Trinity Lutheran School in Johnson. Wilfried was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in 1942. He completed his secondary education at WCSA (West Central School of Ag) in Morris, MN.
As an only son, Wilfried was introduced to farming at a very young age, but ended up running the farm at age 14, when his dad suffered a debilitating farming accident. After Ag School, he met a beautiful young lady name Dorismae Schliep at the roller-skating rink at Sioux Historic Pavilion near Ortonville, MN and they were united in marriage on March 21, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville. The couple lived in Morris for a year until Wilfried’s parents retired to Johnson and the couple moved to the farm homesite. Wilfried and Dorismae farmed, milked dairy cows, raised hogs, chickens, and ducks. In 1966, the family temporarily moved to Granite Falls, Minnesota, where Wilfried apprenticed at a cabinet shop for 3 years. They returned to the farm in the fall of 1969, in addition to farming, the couple started their own cabinet making business, “Meers Millwork”. Working side by side for many years, Wilfried built the cabinets and Dorismae stained and varnished them. As at everything in life, Wilfried and Dorismae made a great team!
Faith and family were very important to Wilfried and Dorismae, they hosted many family gatherings at the farm and attended as many of their grandchildren’s activities as possible. Wilfried and Dorismae also took care of all four of their parents as they aged and needed assistance with their healthcare. They were lifelong members of Trinity Lutheran Church near Johnson; where Wilfried served on the school board, as well as the treasurer, elder, trustee, and secretary for the church. Wilfried was a long-time member of the FHA Board. He enjoyed bowling, building cabinets, square dancing, playing cards, and traveling. During his time in Granite Falls, Wilfried also took flying lessons and obtained his pilot’s license.
Wilfried was a perfectionist in everything he did in life. The quality of his cabinets and furniture was second to none. His reputation as a skilled woodworker brough him continual business, so much he didn’t even have to advertise the millwork after just two years in operation. Wilfried’s first love was farming, and he continued to live on the homestead for many years, putting an addition onto the farmhouse in 2009. Due to a fall in December of 2017, Dorismae entered the West Wind Village, in Morris. Wilfried moved into Skyview Assisted Living in Morris to be by Dorismae’s side every waking moment through all her health issues. In November of 2018, the couple moved into New Perspectives Living Center in West Fargo, North Dakota. Dorismae died on February 22, 2019.
Wilfried died on Sunday, August 23, 2020, at the Sanford Hospice House in Fargo, just three days shy of his 92nd birthday.
He is survived by his son: Bradley (Nancy) Meers of Fargo, ND; daughter: Robin (Randy) Schrupp of Pierre, SD; daughter-in-law: Charlene Meers of Clitherall, MN; eight grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.
Wilfried was preceded in death by his wife: of 66 years Dorismae; his oldest son: Gregory, grandson: Jordan Schrupp; his parents: and three sisters and brothers-in-law: Ruth (Maurice) Barklage, Lois (John) Keeler, and Jean (Herbert) Vogt.
Funeral services for Wilfried Meers are pending with Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN.