Ann Marie (Zeltwanger) Meiss was born on Oct. 14, 1919 to William and Lillian (Eisenmann) Zeltwanger in Hancock, and left her earthly home at the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka to be with her Lord on Sunday, Feb 20.
Ann was a big help with the family as the eldest of 11 children and graduated valedictorian from Hancock High School.
Ann recognized her need for a Saviour and crowned Jesus the King of her life in 1938. She was baptized in the Morris church and has been faithful to her confession of faith. She moved to Peoria, Ill. to work as a domestic helper before returning to Morris to work for the Schaefer family.
Harold Meiss was led by the Lord to ask for Ann's hand in marriage, and they were united in holy matrimony on April 15, 1945. They lived in Cissna Park, Ill. for 10 months before moving to Minnesota where they farmed for 52 years. Harold and Ann have four children, Ron, married to Julie (Hoerr) of Phoenix, Ariz,, Rich, married to Barbara (Mohelski) of Excelsior, Carole, married to Ron Kellenberger of Metamora, and Jim, married to Candy (Wuethrich) of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ann is survived by her sister, Ila (Harold) Gramm of Morris, and three brothers, John (Mabel) of Hancock, Bill of Roundtop, Texas and Lyle (Marilyn) of Valparaiso, Ind. Ann has 12 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, with two more expected soon. She was preceded in death by her parents, by three sisters Doris Zeltwanger, Edie Joos, and Vila Schmidgall and by three brothers Lowell, Ken and Dean Zeltwanger, and by a grandson, Charles Meiss.
Ann was a dedicated wife and mother and taught Sunday School in the Morris church. She worked as a homemaker and began working for Bell's grocery in Hancock in 1967. She worked many years at Morris Drug Store with her sister Vila.
Visitation will be at the Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home in Morton, Ill. on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. Funeral services will be at the Apostolic Christian Church in Washington, Ill. on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. with visitation from 9-9:45 a.m.
The family has requested that memorials be made to the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Donations can be mailed to: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, 2nd Floor, Bethesda, MD 20814.
To view Ann's video tribute or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson. com.