Suzanne Meierhoffer

Suzanne Meierhoffer



Suzanne (Schiesl) Meierhoffer, 92, St. Joseph, Missouri died Saturday, April 6, 2013 at her home.

She was born December 20, 1920 to Edwin John and Verdi Marie (Stout) Schiesl in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Suzanne moved to South Chicago when her father was transferred with Swift and Company and attended St. Sabina and St. Theresa grade schools. Upon returning to St. Joseph, she attended high school at Convent of the Sacred Heart; graduating from Central High School, class of 1938, where she was Football Queen. She then attended St. Joseph Junior College where she was Basketball Queen and was a graduate of University of Missouri Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While attending University of Missouri Columbia she was a member of Delta Gamma Social Sorority and Barn Warming Queen.

Suzanne was committed to a lifelong journey of learning; striving to cultivate her intellect and stimulate those around her. Her memberships were the Missouri Western State University Foundation Board; MWSU Ambassadors; Book Club; Runcie Club; Great Books; Junior Great Books; Calla Varner Foundation; Bible Study Group; Walter Meierhoffer Scholarship St. Joseph School District Foundation.

She married Walter Meierhoffer, Jr. on June 1, 1943 in Pensacola, Florida where Walter was assigned to Pensacola Naval Air Station as an instructor pilot. She returned to St. Joseph and worked as a secretary to the commander of the 329th Sub Depot at Rosecrans Field while her husband flew during WWII in the China India Burma Theater. Suzanne joined her husband as the vice president of Meierhoffer-Fleeman Funeral Home until his death January 10, 1992.

Suzanne was a committed member of St. Joseph Cathedral Catholic Church where she was a member of St. Anne’s Altar Society, of which she was past president; Ladies of Charity; Parish Council; vice president Cathedral School PTA; taught CCD classes; and a Cub Scout Den Mother.

Her many civic endeavors included St. Joseph (Sisters) Hospital Board of Trustees during the time a new hospital was constructed at Riverside and Faraon; Heartland Hospital Board of Trustees; Heartland Hospital Guild; Volunteer at St. Joseph Living Community; St. Joseph Symphony; Tuberculosis Society; Open Door Food Kitchen; InterServe; Red Cross Nurses Aid; Community Blood Center donor since 1946; Ladies Edelweiss Society; Sacred Heart Convent Tres Bien; St. Joseph Junior League; and her beloved Mah Jongg Group. She was an avid tennis player into her 80’s and enjoyed world travel. She relished her grand and great-grandchildren. She was at her best when she sang “Octopus Under the Sea” to them in a perfect acappella octopus voice.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bob Schiesl; sister, Mary Louise Minor; and nephew, Daniel Minor.

Survivors: children, Michael Meierhoffer (Ronda), St. Joseph, Walter Mark Meierhoffer (Linda) and Lora Meierhoffer Christian both of Leawood, Kansas; grandchildren, Scott M. Meierhoffer (Sarah), Todd W. Meierhoffer (Michelle), Kelly M. Heath (Ryan), Craig M. Meierhoffer (Jennie), Molly L. Baumberger (Peter), Megan L. Wombolt (Jay) and Jacob D. and Kate E. Christian; great-grandchildren, Walter, III and Mack M. Meierhoffer, Caroline L. and Harrison M. Heath and Louise P. and John W. Wombolt; brother, Larry Schiesl (Janet), sister-in-law, Joy Schiesl; and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial:  10:00 A.M. Friday, St. Joseph Cathedral Catholic Church. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Prayer Service 5:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory where the family will receive friends 5:30 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday and friends may call after 4:00 P.M. Wednesday. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to St. Joseph Cathedral School; Missouri Western State University Foundation; or the Walter Meierhoffer Scholarship St. Joseph School District Foundation. A special thanks to Hands of Hope Hospice and all of her caregivers.

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Messages of Condolence

  1. Frank Sindelar says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. She was a lovely lady, with a wonderful sense of humor. Everyone enjoyed being with her. She will be missed!
    Frank & Vicki Sindelar

  2. Janet Cody says:

    Dear Meierhoffer Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My acquaintance with your mom is through my children and Lora’s children’s elementary school years at Cure of Ars. Your mom often attended special functions and her cheerful and gracious presence was a comfort that all was right with the world. My prayers are with you. Janet Cody

  3. Bill Titcomb says:

    To The Meierhoffer Family,

    Please accept our family’s sincerest condolences at Mrs. Meierhoffer’s passing on Saturday. Our community was certainly a much better place for her having taken part in so many worthwhile causes during her lifetime. Just as your family has so often provided comfort and peace for others, we wish for you the same during this most difficult time.

    The Titcomb Family

  4. Bob and Susan Roth says:

    What a wonderful lady who leaves behind a lot of great memories! She will be missed by so many. Our prayers are with the whole family.

  5. Craig and Brenda Moore says:

    Michael, Scott, Todd and families:

    May the Lord touch you with His hand of comfort at this time. I had the pleasure of knowing Suzanne and what a wonderful, sincere, caring lady she was. God bless you and your families.

    J. Craig Moore

  6. Mark and Kathy McGilley says:

    On behalf of the entire McGilley family we offer our prayers to all the Meierhoffers at this very difficult time. Suzanne had a great run but will be missed. Take Care & God Bless

  7. Linda Douglas Hardin says:

    I know my aunt, Dorothy Douglas, has the Mah Jongg table set up in Heaven waiting for her friend. How hard it is to lose such a dear and darling mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you who loved her so.

  8. David and Debby schellhorn says:

    Very sorry for your loss. I loved talking with her and will miss her.

  9. Tom Potter says:

    My sympathy and condolences to your family.

  10. Gloria Crouch says:

    Our deepest sympathies are with your family at this time of loss of your Mother. Suzanne was a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed.

  11. Kathy Sadoun says:

    Please accept our condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Theodore M Kranitz
    Hugh D Kranitz
    Kathy K Sadoun

  12. Rich Douglas says:

    Mike and the rest of your family:

    I knew your mom better than most of my mom’s friends and liked her very much. She had a zest for life that sometimes fades in the elderly, but not in her, it seemed to me. I’m sorry for your loss.

  13. Susan Potter Johnson says:

    Your family helped us so much during our times of loss. My prayers and sincere sympathy are with you during this sad time.

  14. Clyde and Janice Puett and family says:

    Please accept our condolences on the lost of your Mother. Our Prayers are with you.

  15. Jerry & Elaine Sooter says:

    Suzanne represented the “best of the best” in the St Joseph community. She will be greatly missed. With great respect for the Meierhoffer family, we send our love and Condolences. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  16. kermit boyer says:

    Micheal, Scott, Todd and families. Please accept our sincere sympathy for the loss of your dear mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Connie and Kermit Boyer

  17. Nancy Reed says:

    What a wonderful lady. She was a joy and delight. I am so glad both of her gandsons got married…she was really worried for a while but my son’s marriage at 37 gave her hope until it finally happened.
    We all will miss her.

  18. Charles and Diana Judah says:

    Mike; Rhonda and family;

    We were sorry to read about the death of your mother/grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  19. Michael B. Shaw says:

    To Michael and the entire family:
    Mrs. Meierhoffer was the true epitome of graciousness in every time I saw and visited with her. Of all the memorials you have coordinated, this one must be the most poignant. God Bless You All.

  20. Joyce Walter says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Susanne will be missed by so many. She was always so friendly and pleasant.
    Our thoughts are with you.

    Joyce and Mike Walter

  21. Stena Hinkle says:

    So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts. May peace be with you.

  22. David Dillon says:

    Please permit Martha and me to offer our condolances on the loss of your mother.

  23. Mark Higgins says:

    Dear Michael, Todd & Scott,

    Thinking of you prayerfully upon the passing of your mom and grandmother. What a gracious, elegant lady. May you envision her re-joined lovingly with Walter. Bless you and yours as you remember, mourn and celebrate.

    Mark Higgins

  24. Brad and Jayne Bellows says:

    Mike: Jayne and I send our deepest condolences to you and all your family. Your mother lived a great life and it shows through all of you.

    Brad and Jayne

  25. Matt and Irina Cusimano says:

    We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to you and your family. You have our deepest sympathy and prayers.

  26. David H. Twiford says:

    My deepest sympathy on the death of your mom. Losing a love one is always hard, but especially when it is you mother. May you have solace through your memories of the good times you shared with her. I lost my mom in December and miss her dearly, but I hold on to my memories of her.
    David H. Twiford
    Twiford Funeral Homes
    Elizabeth City, NC

  27. skip white says:

    mike sorry to hear about your mother your parents gave alot to st.joe and community you can be so proud of them both

  28. Rick Allnutt says:

    Mike and Rhonda, Scott and Sarah, Todd and Michelle

    Our thoughts are with all of you this week as you lay your mother and grandmother to rest. I am certain Walter has greeted her in his kind and gentle way. A great reunion has occurred!

    The Allnutt Families

    Rick and Susan
    Bill and Dee

  29. David M. Farris says:

    Michael and family,
    please accept my deepest sympathy in the death of Mrs. Meierhoffer. May your grief journey be eased by wonderful memories.
    David M. Farris – Abingdon, VA

  30. Joseph G Buehler says:

    Michael & family;

    Deepest sympathies from the Pensacola Buehlers at the passing of your Mother. The greatest generation is slipping away from us…

    Joe & Linda Buehler

  31. Jan Hux says:

    I had the privilege of caring for Suzanne in her home. Spending time with Suzanne was a beautiful experience for me. Her graciousnesss and kindness to me will never be forgotten. She was an amazing woman in so many ways, a true gift to so many lives. Her children were a reflection of her, she left a great legacy.

  32. Brad and Mary Kay Speaks says:

    Dear Mike and family,
    We’re so sorry to learn of this. We’re thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers. May God bless you with wonderful memories as you grieve.
    Brad and Mary Kay Speaks

  33. Amy Hunt says:

    My deepest sympathy to your entire family. I will pray for God’s blessing as you begin the grief journey.

    Take care-
    Amy (and Scott, Grace & Eli) Hunt

  34. Ted Pasek says:

    My condolences to Mike, Mark and Lora and your families. You are all in my prayers. She was an exceptional lady and helped so many.

    Ted Pasek

  35. Patsy Crouch says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family, may this wonderful & beautiful lady rest in peace. Sadly, Patsy Crouch+

  36. Mark Thompson says:

    You have my sympathy.

  37. Sue Heckart says:

    With sincere sympathy in the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. My thoughts and prayers are with you. My parents & I have been blessed to know four generations of Meierhoffer’s.

    We care, we share, we love,


  38. Hugh and Cindy Wallace says:

    Mike, Rhonda, Scott, and Todd, you and your family have our sympathy and our prayers at this difficult time. May God bless you all.

    Hugh, Cindy, Megan, and Kelli

  39. Jay and Gail McMillen says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. It is very difficult to lose a mother/grandmother. Our thoughts are with you.

  40. Mary & Scott Hinde says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Suzanne was a wonderful lady. I have great memories of Walter and Suzanne spending time with my parents.

  41. Linda (Welty) Kindler says:

    Our thoughts are with your family, as you family has helped our familys

    From all the past Weltys, That has known your famly through the years. Elisbeath, Auguest, Herman, Joe, Gene Leana Maag, Pete and many more.
    Linda Kindler

  42. Bob & Carol Housh says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family at this hard time.

    Your Mom was a wonderful woman who lived an exceptional life.

    All our love,
    Bob & Carol Housh
    Kathryn Housh
    Hank Fishman

  43. Charles and Lacy Rader says:

    Michael and family.
    Lacy and I are so sorry for the loss of your mother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. You were fortunate to have her for a long time, she has left a wonderful legacy. God Bless all of you.

  44. Tod and Vicki Berger says:

    Mike and family, Tod and I are saddened to learn about the loss of your mother, Suzanne. You’re all in our prayers and on our hearts.

  45. lana guyer gaines says:

    My deepest sympathy to your family.

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