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Jean Meier

Nov. 3, 1929-Aug. 15, 2009

Jean C. Meier, 79, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, August 15, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Jean Wetteland was born to Thurman and Hulda (Hanson) Wetteland on November 3, 1929 in Detroit Lakes. She attended school in Audubon, graduating in 1948. Following high school, Jean attended Concordia College in Moorhead, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history. While attending Concordia, Jean met Herman Meier and they were married on Aug. 26, 1950. They resided in Felton, Minn., where Jean taught English for three years. They later moved to Bagley, Hutchinson and Moorhead, Minn., before returning to Detroit Lakes.

Jean will be remembered and missed by her husband Herman; two sons, Richard (Patrice) Meier of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Philip (Christie) Meier of Wadena; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one sister; Shirley Steinhaus; and one brother, Thurman (Vaida) Wetteland; as well as many other family members and friends.

Preceding Jean in death were her parents; one sister, Liz Utke; and two brothers-in-law, Loren Steinhaus and John Utke.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Dan Babine officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held one hour prior to the start of services Thursday (10 to 11 a.m.). Interment will be at First Lutheran Cemetery, rural Audubon.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes is serving the family. Memories of Jean may be shared online at

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to First Lutheran Church in Audubon, Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, or Emmanuel Community.