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Melba Elvera (Will) Meincke

April 27, 1924 ~ March 22, 2018 (age 93)

Funeral services for Melba E. Meincke, age 93, of Albert Lea, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  Rev. David Efflandt will officiate. Interment will be at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Online condolences are welcome at

Melba died Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea.

Melba Elvera Meincke was born on April 27, 1924 on the family farm in Myrtle, Minnesota, the daughter of Herman and Emma (Wolff) Will.  She attended country grade school.   On November 9, 1949, Melba was united in marriage to Bernard Meincke.  Melba was a lifetime member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, having been baptized, confirmed, and married there.  She was very active with the church in her early years, including Ladies Aid, janitor, treasurer, and playing organ. Melba loved dancing at the Eagles Club and traveling with her husband on summer trips.  She often volunteered with city voting in Myrtle.

Melba is survived by her daughter, Marcene (Tom) Gordon; son, Steve Meincke; granddaughter, Stacy (Jordan) Vollmer; grandsons, Neil Meincke and Ryan Meincke, and their mother, Karrie Butler; great-granddaughter, Katelyn Vollmer; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Hinsch, Marlene (Fritz) Nibbe, and Shirley Chenard; brother-in-law, Alvin (Linda) Meincke; and nieces and nephews and their families.

Melba was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Emma; husband, Bernard; infant brother, Erdman Will; sister and brother-in-law, Luella and Herbert Stehr; granddaughter, Glenda Gordon; brother-in-law, Ray Hinsch; niece, Susan Nibbe; and nephew, Neil Nibbe.

Memorials preferred to Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery.

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