Irene Meis, 76, of Fergus Falls

Published 9:25am Friday, April 19, 2013 Updated 11:48am Friday, April 19, 2013

Irene Lucille Meis, 76, a resident of Fergus Falls, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the Broen Home.0419.obit.Meis

She was born October 29, 1936, in Fergus Falls, the daughter of Arthur and Palma (Rovang) Erlandson. She grew up in rural Fergus Falls where she attended rural school in the Bergerud District #1447, and then the West Central School of Agriculture in Morris, graduating in 1955.

On March 14, 1959 she married Darrell Meis at Aastad Lutheran Church. She worked as a nurse’s aide at Lake Region Hospital before becoming a stay at home mom and housewife. The family resided on their farm in Western Township near Orwell Dam, where they raised pigs and various crops.

She was a lifelong member of Aastad Lutheran Church, and a member of the Eagle’s Auxiliary for 32 years, holding various offices, and the American Legion Auxiliary for 12 years.

Irene loved baking, visiting with friends and relatives, participating in church activities, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband of 48 years, Darrell, who passed away on January 25, 2008, a brother, Merle Erlandson, her parents, and a great-grandson, Charlie Jason Laffen.

Survivors include her four children: Les (Judy) Meis, and Donovan “Donnie” Meis, all of Fergus Falls, Duane (Nina) Meis of Moorhead, and Lynn (Angus) Harris of Fort Worth TX; eight grandchildren: Darrick (Amanda Johnson) Meis, Ashley (Jason) Laffen, Ryan Meis, Katie Meis, Kelsey Meis, Zachery Harris, Alex Harris, and Spencer Harris; one great-grandchild, Emme Laffen; a sister-in-law Janis Erlandson of Fergus Falls; brother-in-law Robert (Barbara) Meis of Fergus Falls; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service and resumes one hour prior to the service at the church.

Service: 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Aastad Lutheran Church, rural Fergus Falls

Clergy: Reverend Dan Cole and Reverend Tom Gard

Burial: Aastad Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fergus Falls

Funeral Home: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls.


Condolences may be sent online at

Editor's Picks

Luther, Thrane are Distinguished Alumni

The Fergus Falls 544 Education Foundation Board is proud to announce that Bill Luther (’63) and Loanne (Brager) Thrane (’51) have been chosen as the ... Read more

Property tax burden drops

Homeowners may see a 12 percent property tax credit — provided they file for it. That’s the message Matt Entenza, founder of Minnesota 2020 and ... Read more

Predatory offender moving to Fergus Falls

A Level 3 predatory offender will move to Fergus Falls next week, according to Fergus Falls police. A community notification meeting will be held Monday, ... Read more

Easter weekend hopping with events

Families will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate Easter this weekend in Fergus Falls. The Victor Lundeen Company will host an easter egg hunt today ... Read more  | 1 comment