Lena Meijer Death – Meijer, Lena 5/14/1919 – 1/15/2022 Lena Meijer, a caring wife, mother, grandma, and extraordinary grandma, companion, and accomplice of the late retailing business person Fred Meijer, kicked the bucket January 15, 2022, at 102 years old. Lena was conceived May 14, 1919, on the family ranch close to Lakeview, Michigan. She was the girl of German outsiders George Rader and Mary Lutterloh Rader. Lena moved to Greenville, Michigan in 1940, where she was recruited by Hendrik Meijer as a clerk in the first Meijer grocery store.
It was there that she met Fred Meijer, the food merchant’s child. They were hitched in 1946. The couple move to Grand Rapids in 1951 and Lena kept on working in the business until the birth in 1952 of the first of three children. Lena was exceptionally dynamic in the Grand Rapids Public Schools, chipping in much of the time as an individual from the Aberdeen School PTA, just as serving in other urban jobs and chipping in at school capacities from paper drives to cake strolls.
She was additionally an excited accomplice of her significant other as the Meijer retail business developed, going to store openings and colleague grants suppers, taking Sunday drives to visit stores, and making deep-rooted companions at food industry gatherings. However, she likewise directed a clamoring family, preparing supper for the family practically every evening. From the couple’s first outing to Europe-and her first plane ride in 1950 to overall travel in their later years, Lena ended up setting out on experiences she was unable to have envisioned as a youngster going to a one-room school building in focal Michigan. She appreciated recollections of camel rides and sight-seeing balloon flights, golf competitions, and cycling trips.
Significantly more, she valued the organization of her family, of her seven grandkids and four extraordinary grandkids, just as nieces and nephews and cousins. In the normal world, she fostered a unique affection for penguins, storing up an assortment of penguin-related things in all shapes and sizes. Her adoration for gardens, including her rose nursery at their long-term home on the upper east side of Grand Rapids, propelled her and her better half’s obligation to make the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.
For a long time, she finished the German Christmas tree as a volunteer at the Gardens. There, as at Meijer, her warmth for the committed volunteers and associates was obvious 100% of the time. She and Fred savored the experience of inviting guests to the Gardens, including and particularly youngsters to her namesake Children’s Garden. She generally partook in the companionship of her neighbors, from the house on Meadowfield Drive NE where they brought up their children, to the condo at Cook Valley Estates, where they moved in 2004.