Peter E. Meintsma
Meintsma, Peter E. age 88, of Wayzata. Peter passed away in his home on November 4, 2016, with family by his side. He was preceded in death by son Kurt, mother Hazel, father Peter, brothers Dave and Seward. He is survived by Sonny, his wife of 60 years; son Kevin (Mari); grandchildren Erik, Mark and Sonja; sister Marge Hoffman; and many nieces and nephews. Peter was born on the family farm in Maple Lake Minnesota on April 1, 1928. He graduated from Buffalo High School at the age of 16. After graduation from college where he majored in music he was drafted into the army being stationed in Washington D.C. with the CIC. That is where he met the "love of his life" Sonny, who was also working in Washington D.C. with the CIA. After marriage they returned to Minnesota where Pete continued his Education obtaining his Master's degree in American History and Political Science. His teaching career included Northwestern College, University of Wisconsin, Bethel College and Anoka Ramsey College where he taught until he was 70 years of age. During his tenure at Anoka Ramsey, Peter received the National Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. He mentored many students, building a lifetime of relationships continuing until the time of his passing. Pete's political career began with two election campaigns for the Minnesota Legislature, losing by only 8 votes in the second contest gaining him recognition and lots of experience. He went on to serve 8 terms as Mayor of Crystal where he resided for 59 years. In 2004, he received the C.C. Ludwig award from the League of Minnesota Cities for outstanding service. He was appointed to the office of Chairman of the Metropolitan Waste Control Commission where he served at the pleasure of Governor Rudy Perpich. His lifelong goal was to be of service to others and the community. That perhaps influenced his granddaughter Sonja, who is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Zambia. A calling that made him very proud. He loved gardening, music, laughter and family. He is sorely missed. A celebration of his life will be held on November 16, 2016 with visitation at 10:00am, service at 11:00am. Location is 5125 W. Broadway at the Glen Haven Chapel and Memorial Gardens in Crystal. 763-533-8643 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Struther's Parkinson's center or the MS Society in Pete's name.
Published on November 13, 2016
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