Meredith Kay Waterman, 78, of Rochester, MN passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
Meredith was born November 7, 1942 in Winona, MN the daughter of Frank and Antoinette (Hansgen) West. She graduated from Cotter High School and the College of St. Teresa in Winona. She began teaching elementary school in Winona. She was united in marriage to Robert Waterman on August 15, 1970 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Winona. They made their home in Rochester, MN. Meredith taught elementary school for the Pine Island School District until 1974 when she stayed home to care for her growing family.
She enjoyed flower gardens and planting her window boxes, spending time at the lake cabin, traveling, decorating the house for Christmas, entertaining and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Meredith fought many illnesses with dignity and grace over the last twenty years.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Waterman of Rochester, MN; daughter, Melissa (Steve) Keinath of Minneapolis, MN; son, Nick Waterman of Edina, MN; five grandchildren, Garrett, Liam and Sam Keinath, Kenny and Thomas Waterman. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Private services for Meredith will be held Saturday, March 20, 2021 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rochester, MN followed by a private reception. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to The Michael J. Fox Foundation - for Parkinson's research or The American Macular Degeneration Foundation.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Waterman family; to share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranznandvinefh.com
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Bob, Missy, Nick and family,
I was so saddened to hear of Meredith's passing. I knew from Penny that she had been ill for some time. What a bright light she was -- fun, creative, stylish, such a great hostess, and mostly, she always had such a warm heart and made others feel special. Meredith, you will be missed... My sincere condolences, may God bless all of you as you mourn your great loss. Joyce Rosenblad Hirsch
Bob --Bob & Judy Adams here--we are so sorry about your loss of Meredith----Our synpathy prayers and thoughts for you and family and friends. She will be missed----Thanks be to God for her life.
Bob.....SORRY to hear of your loss! Dave (Smitty) Smith
My memories of Meredith also go back forty years ago. Those weekends on the sand bars on the Mississippi, the fall boat flotilla to Stillwater, the trips to Aruba, Barbados and especially the Wind Jammer cruises. The fun we had! I will always remember Meredith as a beautiful (inside and out) person. She was the epitome of class and style. She will make a beautiful angel in heaven!
The entire Waterman family is in my thoughts. Meredith was so kind and gracious to me. I hope you find peace in knowing there are many of us thinking and hoping the best for all of you during this challenging time.
Meredith and the Waterman family always welcomed me in their family. Many holidays and family celebrations will always be in my memories. Meredith's kindness, cooking, and hospitality will never be forgotten. Her contagious smile will forever be.
I will never forget the days in Wabasha at the mer mis nic on the river. Meredith was always so much fun and so positive about everything. I feel very fortunate to have known her while growing up on those weekends. She entertained us with her (pretend?) interest in the fish and turtles all of us kids caught. Sleeping overnight at beaches and eating garbage omelettes in the morning. She helped me make my first s’more . She always had great food. Thank you Meredith for those memories. They were about forty years ago now but I still remember all of them. :)
Such wonderful memories we have made long ago with Bob
& Meredith both as friends and
Student parents. We often reflect on the Waterman family
And what they meant for our
Children growing up. Every time
I hear Neal Diamond, my thoughts go to Bob. Bless her memory, we will pray for your
Family as well.
Nancy & Bill Hess. Willow Spring, NC.