PARKERSBURG — Anna Mae Mehmen, 85, died Sunday, Feb. 11, at Maple Manor Village in Aplington after a short illness.
She was born Feb. 20, 1932, in rural Butler County, daughter of Louie and Grace Klaassen Heeren. On Sept. 12, 1952, she married Donald Mehmen at the Parkersburg Christian Reformed Church. He preceded her in death May 5, 2003.
Anna Mae graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1951 and worked for a time as a secretary for Diamond Brothers in Cedar Falls. She and her husband farmed the family farm northeast of Parkersburg. She started a nursing career by earning her LPN certificate from Hawkeye Community College after the kids were grown. She worked in health care for more than 23 years and held positions at Maple Manor Village in Aplington, Allison Rehabilitation Center and Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls, both on the floor and in-home health care. She and Don retired from farming and moved to Parkersburg in 1982.
Anna Mae was a member of the Parkersburg Christian Reformed Church, where she served as Sunday School and Bible School teacher and was a member of the Sunshine Circle. Anna Mae also served several roles with the Parkersburg Women’s Connection.
Survived by: four children, Ken (Nancy) Mehmen of Aplington, Sherry Langfritz of Oskaloosa, David (Kris) Mehmen of West Des Moines and Deb (Pat) Prier of Aplington; 13 grandchildren, Kamie (Cory) Shepard, Justin (Maggie) Mehmen, Ryan Meester, Ranae (Jim) Banicky, Carrie (BJ) Bowie, David (Elke) Mehmen, Steph Mehmen, Dan (Liz Toft and her son Fletcher) Mehmen, Alex Scott, Brandon Scott, Stacy (Mike) Ascher, Jason Meester and Nolan Prier; 16 great-grandchildren, Cadyen, Austin and Drake Shepard, Kael Schoneman, Carter Mehmen, Lorelei Hostetler, Makenzie, Alesha and Connor Banicky, Camryn and Gavin Bowie, TJ, Kalina and Cole Mehmen, and Savannah and Rylan Ascher; a brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Kathy Heeren of Parkersburg; and six nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: her husband; a son-in-law, Rod Langfritz; her parents; a sister, Ella; a brother, Jake; and two sisters-in-law, Margaret Heeren and Esther Heeren.
Services: 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Christian Reformed Church, with a private burial service at Oak Hill Cemetery, both in Parkersburg. Visitation will be 4 to 7 pm. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Parkersburg.
Memorials: may be directed to the family for designation at a later time.
Condolences may be left at www.redman-schwartz.com.
Anna Mae was a loyal friend and could be counted on to drive friends to church activities, lunch, shopping or hosting them in her home. She enjoyed her kids and grandkids stopping by. She loved cooking for family meals and above all was very proud of all her family. Anna Mae will be remembered by her infectious smile and laugh.