Violet Lois (Herzog) Meyer, 92, of Elburn, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Alden Courts of Waterford, Aurora, where she recently made her home.
She was born in Plainfield, Ill., on April 24, 1920, the daughter of Robert and Opal (Carey) Herzog.
Violet grew up on a family farm in Plainfield and attended local schools, graduating with the class of 1938.
Violet and Glenn Meyer met at the roller skating rink in Plainfield, and it didn’t take too many turns before they both fell in love. Both were lifelong farmers, and found in each other an unending friendship that would last for the next 56 years. They were united in marriage on March 7, 1942, at the Baptist Church of Plainfield, and started their married life on a farm south of Sugar Grove, where they raised their six children.
In 1964, they moved to a farm on Bliss Road, and made their last move in 1968 to the first and only home they ever owned, which was in Elburn.
Violet was a 4-H leader for over 50 years, was a short order cook in high school and off-and-on while on the farm; was a member of Homemakers; and worked at the Kane County Extension Office. While in the area, she was a member of the Sugar Grove Methodist Church and sang tenor in the church choir. Glenn and Violet were members of the Young Adults Club—she sang opposite Ed Dugan, and Glenn built sets.
In their later years, they graduated to a 500 club along with seven other couples, rotating their card playing each month for years. Once in Elburn, she joined the Congregational Church and their Amen group. She enjoyed their Bible study group and Sunday services as well.
For years after the kids were grown, Glenn and Violet traveled throughout the U.S.—first by car, then with Grammer Tours by bus. Their claim to fame was having visited all 50 states. They also visited Europe a couple times with Fun-Timers. She loved to travel—if there was somewhere to go, she was the first one packed.
Violet was never one to be idle, and sewed her own clothes and drapes for years. She taught herself to crochet in high school, and it was a passion that lasted a lifetime. Each year she would plan her signature afghan gift for the newest graduate; for weddings, it was an intricately detailed doily. Her work reflected her tenacity for perfection, and she often tore out a mistake again and again, looking over her glasses and grumbling, “Nertz.”
Violet was an avid Sox fan, which began when her Uncle Al used to take her to games. She was an amazing sports fan—she cheered for the Bears, Bulls and even the Cubs if there was no Sox game on. She thoroughly enjoyed hashing over the latest game with the boys, in particular the grandsons.
Violet was never one for gossip. And though she wasn’t much of a talker at times, she was always a great listener. She always had a soft spot for the boys. Her greatest love included her six children, 20 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. She was always first in line to hold the newest member.
She is survived by five children, Susann N. (James) Evans, William R. (Karen) Meyer, Dianne L. (Stan) Kazak, Edward E. (Patricia) Meyer and Phyllis M. Intrain; one daughter-in-law, Linda Meyer; 19 grandchildren, Todd Evans, Kari Evans, Angie Van Fleet, Robin (Todd) Cotter, Tracey Schroeder, Missie (Brandt) Smith, Marcie Meyer, Rae (Brian) Smith, Trish (Ben) Hoskins, Scott (Detra) Meyer, Brent (Lisa) Meyer, Russ (Bonnie) Meyer, Kevin Meyer, Courtney (Roger) Moore, Beth Meyer, Clint (Lindsay) Meyer, Josh (Sarah) Melchert, Kathryn Melchert and Bryan Melchert; 24 great-grandchildren, Ian, Sydney, Colin, Jessica, Sophie, Joe, Megan, Lauren, Addison, Ashley, Jessica, Kyle, Tim, Travis, Aaron, Donnie, Chloe, Thelise, Jareth, Cole, Alexandra, Sean, Abbigail and Brooklyn; two sisters, Velma Ferguson of Lynn Creek, Mo., and Vera Krnac of Plainfield; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and a family of friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Glenn W. Meyer; one son, Donald R. Meyer; a granddaughter, Jayme, and her husband, John Carlson; one grandson-in-law, Troy Scott; two siblings, Edward Herzog and Verna Hollmier.
Visitation will take place from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Community Congregational Church of Elburn, A funeral to celebrate her life will follow at 7 p.m. Rev. Bennett McNeal, pastor of the church, will officiate. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Violet’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Violet Meyer Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can find her full-life story.