Marie Meidinger, 93, of Lodi passed away Friday, September 21, 2012 at her home surrounded by family members.
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She was born on July 10, 1919 in Medina, N. D. to Fred and Caroline Siegle.
It was always interesting to hear her talk about her childhood. She loved to talk about when she was born 2 months early as a twin. She was kept warm in a shoe box on a warming stove. Her twin brother, after 2 hours, died at birth. She loved to talk about her first job in a local Streeter grocery store as a young lady in her early 20's.
Marie moved to Lodi in 1946 to marry the love of her life, Bennie Meidinger on April 14, 1946 after his discharge from the service in World War II.
She worked for the Stokley Cannery in Lodi for many summers.
She loved sewing. She began sewing at a very early age. Clear up to her death, she was making quilts. She enjoyed making clothing, quilts, upholstering and crafts for her family and friends. She taught many people how to sew, that included her good neighbor of 50 years, Adeline Muller. She will be deeply missed. She loved spoiling her family with her cooking and baking, especially her German food.
She is survived by her son, Cordell G. Meidinger and wife Connie of Lodi, twin daughters, Colleen Lusk and husband Mike of Lodi, and Candis Birt of Manteca, 6 grandchildren, Christa Bruch husband Joe of Manteca, Cara Guerra and husband Kevin of Antelope, Casey MacManus and husband Ernie of Carlsbad, Suzanne Marcisini and husband Marco of Lodi, Carrie Mitchell of Lodi and Cordell M. Meidinger and wife Annette of Lodi, 10 great grandchildren.
She was proceeded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Bennie Meidinger, parents Fred and Caroline Siegle, 4 brothers and 6 sisters. Marie's faith was a great part of her life. She was an active member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church for many years.
Visitation will be 1:00 P. M. to 5:00 P.M. at Donahue Funeral Home in Lodi on Wednesday, September 26, 2012.
Graveside service will be held at Cherokee Memorial Park Cemetery in Lodi at 11:00 A. M. on Thursday, September 27, 2012 Hwy. 99 at East Harney Lane, Lodi.
Pastor Chris Townsend of Emanuel Lutheran Church will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Hospice of San Joaquin, 3888 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA. 95204.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Sept. 25 to Oct. 2, 2012