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Published: Monday, 8/27/2012

Margey Meyer, 1925-2012: Ex-poll worker took joy in family, friends

BY TAYLOR DUNGJEN
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Margey Meyer, a longtime poll worker for the Lucas County Board of Elections who was always known to have a pot of coffee on for guests -- expected and not -- died Saturday.

She was 87.

Mrs. Meyer died at St. Luke's Hospital as a result of a heart attack that she suffered at her Swanton home on Tuesday, said her daughter, Barbara Loboschefski of Grand Rapids, Ohio.

Mrs. Meyer, the youngest of 12 children, was born on June 16, 1925, in Neapolis, Ohio, to Charles and Ada Pike.

While a teenager, still living with her family in Neapolis, she met a Swanton boy just a few years older named Donald Meyer.

Mrs. Loboschefski said she wasn't sure how, exactly, the two met, but they fell in love.

After graduating from Whitehouse High School in the early 40s, Mrs. Meyer -- then still Miss Pike -- went to work as a welder for the American Can Co., where she stayed until Mr. Meyer returned on from the Navy.

"She was kind of like Rosie the Riveter," Mrs. Loboschefski said.

The Meyers married on Oct. 15, 1945, and, once Mr. Meyer was finished his service, the newlyweds moved to Swanton, where they bought a house on a farm.

There they grew corn and soybeans and raised cows, pigs, and chickens, Mrs. Loboschefski said.

For more than 50 years Mrs. Meyer, a stay-at-home mother, was a poll worker -- mostly in Swanton -- for the Lucas County Board of Elections, which her husband, a Swanton Township trustee for 27 years, encouraged her to do.

"It was always pretty neat to come home and eat cookies or cake," Mrs. Loboschefski said. "She was a good old-fashioned farm wife."

The cake baking became something of a hobby. She never turned it into a business, but Mrs. Meyer took cake-decorating classes, making "professional-looking" cakes for weddings and parties, mostly for family.

Daughter-in-law Kathy Meyer of Swanton said she used to decorate cakes with Mrs. Meyer.

In 1972, the two created a cake that served more than 500 people for the Neapolis centennial celebration.

Mrs. Loboschefski said her mother was extremely social able.

"I don't think she ever met a stranger. She'd be sitting in a doctor's office, and she'd be trading recipes and getting phone numbers," Mrs. Loboschefski said. "Everywhere she went she saw people she knew."

Once, on a vacation to Hawaii with some friends, her husband said he was glad to finally take Mrs. Meyer some place where they wouldn't run into someone she knew.

While on a walk, someone yelled, "Hey Marge, is that you?" recalled Jodi Romaker, Mrs. Meyer's granddaughter.

Mrs. Loboschefski said her mother's home was "Grand Central Station." The door was always unlocked, and people were in and out, coming for a cup of coffee or tea and the chance to talk to Mrs. Meyer.

Mrs. Meyer was a 59-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Wauseon and also belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary and the Neapolis Church of Christ

"Family and friends were her joy in life," Mrs. Loboschefski said.

In the mid-1980s, Mr. Meyer learned he had prostate cancer and was told he would only live a few years more.

"He said, 'We're going to make the most of it,' and they started to have fun," Mrs. Loboschefski said. The two traveled to Florida every winter and loved to fish and camp.

Mr. Meyer lived for 20 years and died in 2005 of bone cancer, Mrs. Loboschefski said.

Mrs. Meyer continued to live in the same home, renting out the farmland.

Seven years ago, she met Donald Bloomer, 89.

"He's been her friend and partner for the last seven years," Mrs. Loboschefski said.

Surviving are Mrs. Meyer's daughter, Barbara Loboschefski, sons, Jim Meyer and Donnie Meyer; sister, V. Beatrice Lederer, seven grandchildren, 2 stepgrandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

Visitation is to be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Peinert Funeral Home. Funeral services are to be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Neapolis Church of Christ.

Contact Taylor Dungjen at: tdungjen@theblade.com, 419-724-6054, or on Twitter @tdungjen_Blade.



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