Shirley Meyer

October 11, 1925 - March 21, 2021

Shirley J. Meyer, age 95, of New Prague, died peacefully, with her family at her side on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center.  Shirley was born on October 11, 1925 in Wheatland Township, Rice County, MN to Theofil M. and Bessie (Novak) Kajer.  She attended St. Wenceslaus School and graduated from New Prague High School.  She married Donald E. Meyer on November 9, 1946 at the St. Wenceslaus Rectory in New Prague.  Shirley’s faith was always a central part of her life and she was active at St. Wenceslaus in her younger years.  Her family took center stage and her greatest joy came in the family gatherings that would be held throughout her life.  She enjoyed reading, baking, playing Bridge, Bingo and puzzles, and working in the yard.  She remained independent as long as possible but when the time came to need additional help, she thoroughly enjoyed her time at Praha Village with the socialization that it provided.  Her ready smile and sunny disposition will be missed by her family and her friends and caregivers.


Shirley is survived by her children, Carol (Don) Trytten of Overland Park, KS, Bruce (Deb) Meyer of New Prague, Ken (Jackie) Meyer of Eden Prairie, Paul (Terri) Meyer of Bloomington, John (Erica) Meyer of New Prague, Liz (Bob) Biaggio of Green Bay, WI; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Fritz Pumper of New Prague; sisters-in-law, Elaine McGovern of Farmington and Lorna (Joe) Docken of Webster.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Don, on September 29, 2012; daughter, Dona Meyer; siblings, Grace Hudson, Glenn Kajer, Babe Pumper.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St. Scholastica Church in Heidelberg with Father Eugene Theisen officiating.  The public may enter church beginning at 9:30; masks and social distancing are required.  Burial will occur at Ft. Snelling at a later date.   In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the New Prague Public Library.

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Julie Sirek
21 days ago

My thoughts and prayers to your family. I worked at Praha in the past, and enjoyed putting puzzles together with her. Rest in Peace Shirley

Lynne A Rickert
23 days ago

Shirley was more than a neighbor, more my friend. I will miss our chats, lunches together and how you always made me feel loved. What a special woman , I know she is coffee clutching with the neighbors in heaven. !!
With love, Lynne McDermott Rickert

24 days ago

We are very sorry for your loss. What a long and faithful life she lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Tom and Wendy Fadden

Alyce Ilg
26 days ago

Sweet Shirley RIP….

Terry McDermott Alspaugh
26 days ago

Dear Meyer family: You & your family were our next door neighbors when we lived in New Prague from 1956 – 1964. You helped us so much, especially when our Mom was gravely ill but, thankfully recovered. Thank you Shirley. God Bless you for all you did to help our family over the years. Please pray for us now too! You were a major “prayer warrior” as I recall. Our sincere condolences to your family. You will be greatly missed by all of us who knew you. Fond memories of you & the Meyer family sent from: The McDermott kids:… Read more »

Mary Proshek
27 days ago

I will certainly miss Shirl. We had many long lunches before we came to Praha. She was so kind n never a bad word about anyone. RIP Shirley n greet Bill for me.

Kris Kovic
27 days ago

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. I enjoyed talking with her the times that I was able to be with her. I am thinking of all of you and sending you prayers of peace and comfort.

Marjean Hoeg
27 days ago

Holding you all in our hearts at this time of loss! Dona is surrounded with love. ❣️

Nancy and Nick Schlee
28 days ago

What an amazing woman! So sorry for your loss-keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers

M Hanson
28 days ago

Meyer Family- I am so very sorry to hear of this great loss. May Peace find you in this time of sadness.
Bob and Maria Hanson and Family

28 days ago

What a great lady! She will be missed.

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