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“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...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Shawn hook - Humeston, IA

“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...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Carol O'Hair - Centerville, IA

“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...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Roger Griffing - Centerville, IA

“She lived a good life. Sometimes a little crazy. Sympathy to family. ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Stephen Shubat - Centerville, IA

“Jeff & Jennifer I am sorry to read the news of your mother passing away, may God be with your family during this difficult time. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Brian Harrington - Dallas, TX

“Jeff, Jennifer & Stephanie Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your Mother, our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Kimberly Pipes - Centerville, IA

“Jeff,Jen, and Steph. Sorry for your loss, she was a great lady to know! ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Steve (Thomas) and Tammie

“Jeff, I am sorry to hear of your mother passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Barbara Corella


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 www.langefh.com. Lange Funeral Home & Crematory in Centerville, Iowa has been entrusted with caring for the family.