NEWTON - Family, friends, faith and bridge were the cornerstones of Vi Meadows' life. At 94 years of age, she was long an inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to know her. She died at home on Tuesday evening, Dec. 17, 2013, surrounded by those closest to her: daughters, Janet Mina, of Andover Township, and Barbara Haase, of Glen Ridge; and sons-in-law, Art Mina and Marty Haase. Born July 4, 1919, in Rockford, Ill., Vi attended Rockford Business College and was certified as a medical librarian by Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Her many civic and community endeavors were recognized when Meadows Park, in Rockford, was dedicated in her honor. She relocated to Sparta in 1985 with her husband, John Meadows, who pre-deceased her in 1995, and resided on Lake Mohawk with Art, Janet and Michael for 20 years before relocating with them to Andover Township in 2005. Among her many memorable attributes were her legendary skills as a masters-level bridge player, her love of studying maps, and her passion for spirited debate on a variety of subjects. In addition to those mentioned above, surviving family members include grandson Michael Mina, of Lexington, Ky.; grandson Brett Holleman and wife, Blair Lawson, of Los Angeles, Calif., and great-grandchildren Ryker, Leland and Angie; and grandson Blake Haase and wife, Nina, of Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., and great-grandchildren, Jasper, Cleo and Jed; as well as beloved extended family members in Illinois and California. Friends and family are invited 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, to Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St,, Sparta. A private family interment will follow Saturday, Dec. 21. Vi's family asks that you please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as we enter this holiday season. Donations made to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Memorial Foundation, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860 in Vi's name also would be welcomed.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Dec. 19, 2013