Alfred Francis Meirink, 94, of Belleville, Ill., born Sept. 25, 1921, in Breese, Ill., died Thursday, June 9, 2016, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Ill.
Mr. Meirink was a sheet metal worker with Local 268 for 40 years and a member of their Retirees Club. He was a longtime member of St. Peter's Cathedral Parish, the Holy Name Society at Cathedral, and Knights of Columbus Belleville Council 1028. Al was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Catholic War Veterans Post 370. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and the "Number One" fan for Cathedral Grade School.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Lottie F., nee Gula, Meirink, whom he married on July 12, 1952, and who died on June 10, 2007; his parents, Henry and Mary, nee Wirsching, Meirink; five brothers, Walter, Maurice, Robert, Joseph, and Arthur Meirink; two sisters, Sister Dorothy Meirink and Jane Forness; and a great-granddaughter, Lottie Gehrs.
Surviving are three sons, Alfred P. (Lynn) Meirink of Belleville, Ill., Daniel H. (Linda) Meirink of Swansea, Ill., and Charles A. (Karen) Meirink of Fairview Heights, Ill.; a daughter, Susan M. (Greg) Ferguson of Mt. Zion, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Nicholas (Melissa) Meirink, Maribeth (Kyle) Bendick, Melissa (Jacob) Gehrs, Timothy and Julia Meirink, and Matthew and Mark Ferguson; three great-grandchildren, Ella Gehrs, Martin Bendick, and Henry Meirink; two sisters, Elizabeth (Leo) Stauder of Belleville, Ill., and Alice Twenhoefel of Belleville, Ill.; a brother-in-law, LeRoy Forness of Belleville, Ill.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Kowalski of Granite City, Ill., and Genevieve Gula of Fairview Heights, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
The Meirink family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Sycamore Village for their exceptional care of Al and also thanks to the nurses and staff at St. Elizabeth's Hospital.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter's Cathedral, to Notre Dame Academy (formerly Cathedral Grade School), or to Sycamore Village. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2016, at St. Peter's Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., with Msgr. John Myler officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 11, 2016