Lavona Meiners

Lavona S. Meiners, 85, of Caledonia, MN passed away Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Green Lea Manor in Mabel, MN. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 22 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Caledonia, MN. Rev. Steven E. Meyer will officiate. Private family burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday, both at Immanuel Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to ABLE Inc., ABC Works or Camp Winnebago.
Lavona was born January 10, 1930 in Pipestone County, MN to Edward and Lily (Rasmussen) Kuhlman. At an early age, her family moved to Moose Lake, MN, where Lavona attended Moose Lake High School. In February of 1947, she married Edward Holland and together they had four sons, Richard, Daniel, Roger and Michael. Edward passed away November 19, 1960 due to an automobile accident.
Lavona worked at various jobs in Caledonia, including as a clerk in a grocery store and a clothing store, in the Treasurer’s Office at the Houston County Court House, and at Caledonia High School. December 31, 1964, She married Don Meiners and they had one daughter, Lisa. Lavona will be remembered for being instrumental in starting the then, Houston County Day Activity Center, now ABC, and also the Houston County Group Homes, now ABLE. She was also active with Camp Winnebago and ARC of Minnesota, having served on those boards for many years.
Lavona was also a past board member of the Eitzen State Bank. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where she served with WELCA. Lavona enjoyed playing golf, bowling, playing cards with her friends, reading, and her clown collection. She also enjoyed traveling with Don, as they have gone on several cruises and land trips to Europe and Africa as well as many trips in the United States. Lavona loved her family and she especially enjoyed helping Lisa get a good start by getting her in various early school programs and helping her in so many ways.
Survivors include her husband, Don; her daughter, Lisa; her sons: Richard (Robin) Holland and his son, Ethan, Daniel (Gini) Holland and their son, Noah, Roger (Arlene) Holland and their children, Seth, Annie, Cassie and Kelsie, and Mike (Elizabeth) Holland and their children, Ndaziona and Paul; 10 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Dorothy, Geneva, Myrtle and Ethel; and her brothers, Clarence and Elmer.
In addition to her first husband, Lavona was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Virgil and Milon.
Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Caledonia Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at


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