May 12, 2014


Barb Meiners, 62, of Dedham, died Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dedham. The celebrant will be Father Andrew Hoffmann assisted by Barb's brother-in-law Deacon Louis Meiners and Deacon Gary Schon. Music will be by Faye Seidl and the St. Joseph choir. Lector will be Barb's niece Jennifer Meiners. Gift bearers will be her grandchildren Natasha and Tony Sturm. Casket bearers will be Barb's nephews Frank Meiners, Leon Meiners, Larry Meiners, Paul Meiners, Jeff Meiners, Scott Meiners, Steve Patrick, Tony Betts, and Ed Thilliander. The Dedham American Legion Auxiliary will form an honor guard for the Mass. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Dedham.

Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Monday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and a Christian wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Online condolences may be left for Barb's family at

Barbara Jean was born June 29, 1951, at Carroll, Iowa, a daughter of Virgil and Orriel (Myers) Patrick. She attended school in Coon Rapids and later completed her education in Carroll through adult-education courses. When her family lived in town she and her niece Peggi would spend summers together. Barb often spoke about growing up on the acreage near Coon Rapids with their dog named Happy and assisted her family on the farm with the chickens and animals. When she was younger she rode the tractor with her grandpa. She enjoyed playing croquet and other games as a family. She loved the garden and flowers on the acreage and developed a "green thumb."

On Feb. 14, 1970, she married Richard Meiners at Annunciation Catholic Church in Coon Rapids. The couple resided in Hawaii for 10 months while Dick was in the military, and following his honorable discharge they made their home in Dedham. Barb was a devoted housewife and mother and also had various jobs in the Dedham and Coon Rapids area. She would attend sports events with Richard, and she would ride along in the semi-tractor with him and their kids.

She enjoyed traveling with her family, bowling, reading books, trips to the casino, card games, as well as various games like dominos, and skip-o. Barb was an avid country music fan and had no problem letting others know it was great music. She also enjoyed watching ice skating, gardening, and was an avid teapot collector. Barb's greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a member of St. Joseph Parish, Parish Ladies Guild and Dedham American Legion Auxiliary.

Barb is survived by her husband Dick Meiners of Dedham; her children: Tracy Sturm and husband Eric of Carroll and Cory Meiners of Dedham; her grandchildren, Anthony and Natasha Sturm; her brother, Larry (Mary Ellen) Patrick of Battle Ground, Washington; her sisters: Janet (Norbert) Meiners of Thomasville, Georgia, and Sharon (Larry) Betts of Fremont, Nebraska; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Shirley Patrick of Freemont, Nebraska, Mary Ann (Lester) Olson of Vail, Delores McCort of Council Bluffs, Joann Humphries of Pelham, Georgia, Wilfred (Alberta) Meiners of Dedham, Louis Meiners of Dedham, Mary Jane (John) Weber of Thomasville, Georgia, Joyce Meiners of Carroll, Daryl (Peggi) Meiners of Fremont, Nebraska, and Emily (Jim) Ogden of Bluffton, South Carolina; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Ron and Phil Patrick; and a brother in infacy, Robert Patrick.