Manrow Orville Hameister, of Peotone, age 95, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, October 12 with his family by his side. Manny, as he was known by his friends and family, was born December 29, 1919 at his home in rural Beecher to Ludwig & Katherine (Buhr) Hameister. He attended Beecher Zion Lutheran Church and school thru 8thgrade. He was then needed to help on the family farm.
He married Anna Carstens on May 19, 1946 at Immanuel Evangelical and Reformed Church in Peotone, where he was a member. They moved to a farm three miles west of Peotone where they had two daughters, Bonnie and Judy. They farmed soybeans, corn, oats and hay and raised dairy cattle, hogs, chickens, a few cats and always a dog.
Manny gave up the dairy in 1970 and they were able to travel more, going to Europe, Hawaii, and around the states.
Manny was very involved with the Will South Cook County Conservation District, local drainage districts, and a member of the American Milk Producers, Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, Bradley Moose Lodge, and the Will County Farm Bureau.
He is survived by his daughters and son-in-laws, Bonnie & Glenn Ginder, Judy & Dennis Cowger both of Peotone; Grandchildren, Phillip & Tammy Cowger, Nathan & Monica Cowger, Kelly & Henry Reus, Scott & Nicole Ginder and Kurt Ginder.
Great grandchildren: Dakota, Mykayla, Logan & Conner Cowger and Henry Reus. Sister-in-law Thelma (Sally) Hameister and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his loving wife Anna and grandson Chad Cowger. His siblings and spouses Henry & Laura Hameister, Louise & Edwin Andres, Authur & Anna Hameister, Martha & Fredrick Mohr, Elsie & Heinrich Seitz, Clarence & Zephyrine Hameister, Louis & Marcella Hameister, Irene & Edgar Sennholtz, and Harry Hameister. Also Anna’s family, John & Bertha Carstens parents, Gilbert Carstens, Roy & Florence Carstens, and Marie & Charles Schomas.
Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Friday, October 16 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Peotone on Saturday, October 17 at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Peggy Johnson officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel United Church of Christ, Vitas Hospice, or family’s wishes.