Irma Helen Mesko, 98

Irma Helen Mesko, 98, of Princeton, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at the Elim Care & Rehab Center, Princeton.
She was born Nov. 2, 1912, in Elk River, to Louis and Theresa (Scimeister) Kish. She was baptized at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Elk River. She graduated from Elk River High School in 1931 and married Joseph Mesko on Oct. 24, 1931, in Elk River, where they made their home. In 1936, they moved to South Bend, Ind. and in 1942, Mrs. Mesko began working at the Studebaker plant making seats for cars. During World War II, she made seats to send to France and also airplane motors. She retired in 1952 and they returned to Princeton, where they bought a farm in Blue Hill and Baldwin townships. They retired from farming in 1973.
Mrs. Mesko was a member of St. Margaret’s Circle at St. Edward’s Catholic Church (now Christ Our Light – North Campus). She was involved with the Rum River Senior Citizens, was very active, serving as a delegate to the Seven County Senior Federation. She also worked in Home Extension work, receiving honor for 35 years of service. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, playing cards, and was an excellent seamstress. Mrs. Mesko enjoyed traveling often and had been to Europe three times. She was known as a wonderful cook, enjoying ethnic foods.
The funeral service was Saturday, Sept. 10 at Christ Our Light Catholic Parish – North Campus, Princeton. Burial was at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery, Princeton. (Williams-Dingmann Funeral Home in Princeton made the arrangements.
She is survived by a son and two daughters, Leroy (Frances) of Zimmerman, Irene (Joseph) Quast of Elk River and Betty Jo (Leo) Steinhagen of Princeton; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a brother, John (Frances) Toth of Elk River; and two sisters, Mary Anderson of Elk River and Lucille Abraham of Elk River.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a baby sister; and three brothers, Emil and Louis Kish and Ernest Toth.

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