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Obituary: Meister




Margaret E. Meister, 58, of Oglesby, formerly of Fairbury, died at 9:50am, Saturday, May 27, 2023 at OSF St. Joseph Medical center, Bloomington.


Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2023, at First Baptist Church of Fairbury; with Pastors Daryl Evans and Miguel Herrera officiating. Burial will follow in Avoca Township Cemetery, rural Fairbury.


Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, prior to the funeral also at the church in Fairbury. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to Illinois Cancer Care Foundation, illinoiscancercarefoundation.org or Shriners Hospitals for Children.


Margaret was born June 24, 1964, in Libertyville, IL; a daughter to Charles W. and Donna M. (Peters) Thames. She married Mike Meister on September 28, 1985 in Fairbury. Her husband, Mike survives in Oglesby, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents.


Other survivors include her children, Douglas (Paige) Meister of Bourbonnais; Rachel (Miguel) Herrera of Carol Stream, IL; one sister, Rebecca (Mark) Thames-Simmons of Costa Rica; two brothers, Charles (Sherri) Thames of Humbolt, Nebraska; Andrew Thames of Lombard; two aunts, Kay Thames and Neysa Villa; five adored grandchildren, JoElle, Charlee, Jordyn, Madelyn and Eli; her Meister brothers- and sisters-in-law; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and a large circle of friends.


Margaret – Maggie – loved to spend time with her family and enjoyed laughing, joking and playing little pranks. She had a quick wit and tremendous sense of humor. She was an avid reader and a very talented crocheter, making numerous gifts for family and friends. She loved fishing with her children and grandchildren and bike riding around the countryside with Mike. And she will always be remembered for her outstanding cooking and baking skills.


The family wishes to send its deepest gratitude to all family and friends for their extensive support and love and to OSF St Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington and OSF Hospice for their outstanding care.

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