James A. Meister
Starks & Menchinger Chapel - Saint Joseph
2650 Niles Rd
Saint Joseph, MI

James A. Meister, 85, of St. Joseph passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at Woodland Terrace, Bridgman.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, with the Rev. Jeffrey Hubers officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Congregational Church, St. Joseph or the charity of choice.

Jim was born Feb. 20, 1936, at the SJ Sanitarium in St. Joseph to George and Mildred (Wires) Meister.

He was a 1954 graduate of St. Joseph High School and extremely proud to be drum major in 1954. He was employed as a wood patternmaker at Industrial Pattern Works, Benton Harbor, for more than 40 years, retiring in 1998.

Jim married Caryl Rothenberg on Oct. 29, 1966, and they have been married for 55 years. In November 1966, they started Meister Photography, which has been in business for 55 years. He was an avid car collector and was one of the founding members of Southwestern Michigan Car Collectors, of which he was still a member. Jim also was proud of the time he served in the U.S. Naval Reserves from 1954-62 and loved boating. He and Caryl loved to travel and have gone on at least 15 cruises along with many land-based vacations.

He was a member of St. Joseph River Yacht Club and St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Elks Club. He was an active member of the First Congregational Church in St. Joseph.

He is survived by his wife, Caryl; his daughter, Amie (Bret) Witkowski of St. Joseph; two granddaughters: Elizabeth Witkowski of Clawson, Mich., and Emily (Noah) Panzer of Kiel, Wis.; sister, Joyce Vance of St. Joseph; nephew, Kurt Heppler and niece, Gretchen Heppler both of Las Vegas; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Pat and Roger Dorn of Saugatuck, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and mother-in-law and father-in-law: Betty and Norman Rothenberg.

Published by The Herald-Palladium on Oct. 12, 2021.
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2650 Niles Rd., St., MI
First Congregational United Church of Christ - St. Joseph
2001 Niles Ave, St., MI
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Caryl, Amie, and All - Jim was one of the most kind, considerate, and caring people we have known. His talent as a photographer has brought joy to so many. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Penny and Dan Brant
October 17, 2021
Caryl, Amie and families, I am very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all through this most difficult time.
Cindy Haines
October 15, 2021
Rest in peace Jim. You were one of the greatest drum majors SJHS ever had!!!
MaraLee Marshall
October 13, 2021
Jim and I were regulars at the skating rink when we were kids. Kept in touch with him until we moved to Florida. A super nice guy, he will be missed..RIP
Dick Wendt
October 13, 2021
Amie and family - I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I think of you and your family often with fond memories! Karen
Karen (Hauch) Snyder
October 12, 2021
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