Melva Messner age 87, of Gaylord, passed away Tuesday, December 17th, 2015, at the Apostolic Christian Home in Rittman, Ohio.
Funeral Service will be Tuesday, December 22nd, at 10:00 A.M. at the Apostolic Christian Church in Winthrop with interment in the Winthrop Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday, December 21st, from 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. at the Egesdal Funeral Home. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the Apostolic Christian Church on Tuesday.
Melva was born March 16, 1928, in rural Alvord, Iowa, to Henry & Pauline (Dietrich) Mogler. She was raised on a farm by Alvord, Iowa, and graduated from Lester High School in 1945. She married Roland Messner on August 16, 1953, at the Apostolic Christian Church in Lester, Iowa. They lived on a farm near Bernadotte, Minnesota, until they moved to Gaylord. They shared 54 years of marriage and were blessed with three children. Melva and Roland loved to travel, and wintered in Zapata, Texas, for 30 years. Melva moved to Rittman, Ohio, in 2011.
Melva committed her life to the Lord and was baptized in the Apostolic Christian Church in 1950. Her love for the Lord was evident by her walk of life and her desire for church and hearing the word. She enjoyed gardening, needle work, crossword and jigsaw puzzles and spending time with family and friends. Her children will long remember her patient ways and listening ear.
She is survived by a
son, Dean (Wanda) Messner of Gaylord, MN;
daughter, LeAnn (David) Rufener of Rittman, OH;
sisters, Leona Moser of Rock Rapids, IA, Florence Knoblock of Lester, IA;
brothers, Phil (Donna) Mogler of Rock Rapids, IA, Howard (Lillian) Mogler of Alvord, IA; and
brother-in-law, Frank Moser of Larchwood, IA.
Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Shayla (Jordan) Steffen, Brendon (Sharla) Messner, Brett (Rebecca) Messner, Luke (Jemimah) Rufener, Kristina (Trent) Steffen, Patrick Rufener, and Kathryn Rufener;
and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a son, David; along with sisters, Dorothy Kellenberger, Marge Mogler, and Verna Moser; and three brothers-in-law.
The family would like to say a special thank you to all those who took time to share a kind word or deed with her along her life’s journey and especially to those who cared for her so wonderfully at the Apostolic Christian Home.