Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 11, 2013

Elmer L. Miessner

MANCELONA — Elmer L. Miessner, 83, of Mancelona, passed away Nov. 9, 2013, at home surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 11, 1930. in Athens, Wis., the son of Adolph and Emma Miessner.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; three children, Linda Gilmore of Gaylord, Daniel (Deborah) Miessner of Bluffton, S.C., and Sandy Miessner of Grand Rapids; brother, Edward (Gloria) Miessner of Fish Creek, Wis.; sister, Helen Berens of Wausau, Wis.; sister-in-law, Selma Miessner of Edgar, Wis.; five grandchildren, Matthew of Albquerque, N.M., Niqi of Ridgland, S.C., Amanda (Chris) of Perkasie, Pa., Kristen (Corey) of Grayling, and Jason of Grand Blanc; and three great-grandchildren, Daniel, Tyler and Landon. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and five siblings, Agatha Guedenschwager, Wilfred Miessner, Mildred Oblak, Melvin Miessner and Clarence Miessner.

Elmer worked as a cheese maker in Wisconsin and for Gordon Foods in Mancelona. He was the owner of Miessner Motors and the Cheese and Gift Shop. He was also a mechanic for Derrer Oil Company. Elmer proudly served as the Fire Chief and was a volunteer for the Ambulance in Mancelona. He was an Elder and member at St. Matthew Lutheran Church for many years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Throughout the years, he anonymously gave his time and talents to those in need. Elmer and Pat enjoyed spending the winters in Port Aransas, Texas, for the past 18 years where they attended the Presbyterian Church and were involved with the youth group and were known as Grandpa and Grandma to many teens.

Funeral services for Elmer will be Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mancelona, with Deacon Jack Mosher III officiating. The burial will follow the service at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes and on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

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