Suzanne Meekma May 12, 1937 - April 14, 2021
Suzanne Meekma May 12, 1937 - April 14, 2021

Suzanne Meekma, 83, of Thief River Falls, MN, passed to her rest on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls, MN.

Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 PM on Monday, April 19, 2021, at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN, with Pastor David Jahn officiating. Burial will follow at the Folden Cemetery, rural Newfolden, MN.

Visitation will take place one hour prior to the funeral service on Monday at the funeral home.

Suzanne June Banfe was born on May 12, 1937, in Phillips, WI, to Stephan and Margaret (Dreiski) Banfe. She was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church at the age of 14 in Baraboo, WI, by Harold Bohr. Suzanne met her future husband, Ronald Meekma during her freshman year at Wisconsin Academy in Columbus, WI. She graduated in 1955. After graduation, she went to work for Hinsdale Sanitarium and Hospital in Hinsdale, IL, as a secretary.

On August 19, 1956, Suzanne was united in marriage to Ronald Lloyd Meekma at the Wisconsin Academy Chapel in Columbus, WI, by Pastor Gordon Hyde. They made their home in Kenosha, WI, where their first daughter, Debra Lynn was born. They then moved to Waukegan, IL. During this time their second daughter, Diane Sue was born. In 1970, they moved to Newfolden, MN, where she was employed as a Teacher’s Aide at the Thief River Falls Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School. In 1980, they moved to Thief River Falls, MN, where she was involved with the Adventist School fruit program until 1997 and Community Service Center until her retirement in 2019.

Suzanne was a member of the Thief River Falls Seventh-day Adventist Church, where she was active in church life. She also enjoyed spending time with her family. They enjoyed many outdoor activities together including gardening and bird watching. Her hobbies included collecting stamps, music boxes, spoons, eagle mementos, and putting together puzzles.

Survivors include her loving daughters: Debra (Ted) Brothers, Thief River Falls, MN, and Diane (Arlen) Springer, Berrien Springs, MI; brother: Paul (Shirley) Banfe, CA; brother-in-law: Glenn (Joyce) Meekma Sr., Newfolden, MN; sisters-in-law: Judy Pervis, Middle River, MN, Linda Banfe, TX, and Kathy Meekma, FL, including many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald; two brothers, and a sister.