Virginia Meng

  • Born: April 3, 1933
  • Died: December 15, 2015
  • Location: Centerville, Iowa

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1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Virginia L. Meng, 82, a longtime resident of Centerville, IA, died Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, IA.

She was born on April 3rd, 1933 in Appleton, MN to Elizabeth (Chester) and Fred Waterfall. She graduated High School in Dawson MN and attended Mankato State University, majoring in Home Economics.

Virginia was a millinery buyer for a large department store in Minneapolis and an executive secretary for the President of Winchester Arms in New Haven, Connecticut. Upon returning to Minneapolis, she worked for Investment Diversified Services where she met her husband, James W. Meng. They married at The Little Brown Church in The Vail in Nashua, IA, Feb. 27th, 1961.

They moved from Minneapolis to Crosby, MN and then to Janesville, WI, before putting their roots down in Centerville in 1971 when they purchased Motel 60 & Villa. It has been a family run business ever since, now owned and operated by their son, Jeff Meng.

Virginia was active in the Welcome Wagon, Meals on Wheels, Ambassador's Club, Women's P.E.O, and a board member and chairperson at the Appanoose Country Club. And never forget, she was the Official Water meter reader for Golfview! Virginia was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Centerville. She was an avid golfer, bridge player and enjoyed playing the one arm bandits, plus a little cribbage.

Surviving her are the children: Stephany Ann Meng and her husband, Dr. Jerry Piering, their daughter, Jami and her husband, Jeremy Bennett; their children, Abigail, Jakob, and Zachary of Long Island, NY. Daughter, Jennifer Ann Cramer; her daughters, Madison and Melissa of Lee's Summit, MO. Son, Jeff W. Meng and Melissa Van Dusseldorp of Centerville, Jeff's daughter, Elizabeth and Melissa's son, River.

A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the First Presbyterian Church, 102 N. Main, Centerville, IA, 52544, and may be mailed directly to the Church or to Lange Funeral Home & Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be expressed online at Lange Funeral Home & Crematory in Centerville, Iowa has been entrusted with caring for the family.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's passing! I've been thinking about the fun times we had at your house growing up! Enjoyed visiting with both of your parents then. You're in my thoughts and prayers! Much love being sent your way!

Posted by Shawn hook - Humeston, IA - Good friends and Classmate   December 22, 2015

Virginia and I enjoyed being together, We worked side by side with the Centerville Ambassador Club while I was City Clerk. When the going got tough she would stop by City Hall and say, "Lets go to lunch, it will be here when we get back". She was a wonderful person and I think of her often. So sorry for the family and everyone's loss.

Posted by Carol O'Hair - Centerville, IA - Friend   December 18, 2015

We send our sincere sympathy at the loss of your Mother. She was a lovely homemaker and a good neighbor. Virginia was so proud of all of you. She particularly loved when Elizabeth decorated her shelf outside her apartment. We pray that God will bless all of you.
Sandy and Roger Griffing

Posted by Roger Griffing - Centerville, IA - Friend and former neighbor   December 17, 2015

She lived a good life. Sometimes a little crazy. Sympathy to family.

Posted by Stephen Shubat - Centerville, IA   December 17, 2015

Jeff & Jennifer I am sorry to read the news of your mother passing away, may God be with your family during this difficult time.

Posted by Brian Harrington - Dallas, TX - School Classmate of Jeff   December 17, 2015


Jeff, Jennifer & Stephanie

Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your Mother,
our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Kimberly Pipes & Bart Hogg

"There are things that we don't want to happen, but have to accept,
things we don't want to know but have to learn,
And people we can't live without but have to let go."
Author Unknown

Posted by Kimberly Pipes - Centerville, IA   December 17, 2015

Jeff,Jen, and Steph.
Sorry for your loss, she was a great lady to know!

Posted by Steve (Thomas) and Tammie    December 16, 2015


I am sorry to hear of your mother passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers.

Posted by Barbara Corella    December 16, 2015