Tony Meyer, age 70, of Northfield, MN, passed away Tuesday, June 20, following an extended period of living with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2023 at the Church of St. Dominic, Northfield. Interment will be at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Faribault.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Parker Kohl Funeral Home & Crematory of Faribault and will continue for one hour prior to the Mass at the church.
Those attending the visitation and/or Mass are welcome to wear a shade of blue in remembrance of Tony.
Memorials are preferred to The Nature Conservancy Minnesota Chapter or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Anthony “Tony” Joseph Meyer, son of Gertrude (Klugherz) and Francis “Andy” Meyer, was born on October 13, 1952 in Mankato, MN. The fourth of eight children, Tony grew up in the North end of Mankato and attended Loyola High School. He graduated from Saint John’s University (Collegeville) in 1975, with a B.S. in Business Administration (and unofficial minors in foosball and cards).
Tony married the love of his life, Rhonda Friesen, on June 18, 1977, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato, MN. They made their home in Northfield, MN, where they raised their four children. Tony loved nothing more than spending time with his family, including annual trips to the lake, visits to state parks, coaching the kids' basketball teams, leading their confirmation groups, and taking pride in their accomplishments. In later years, he loved playing with his six grandchildren and watching them grow.
After working for the City of Mankato and Prudential, Tony found his true calling in teaching. He earned his B.S. in Education from the University of Minnesota, Mankato in 1993, and his M.Ed in Teaching and Learning from Saint Mary’s University in 2001. He taught social studies, including AP U.S. history, for 19 years at Cannon Falls High School, where he was twice named teacher of the year. Tony thoroughly enjoyed working with his students and colleagues; he served as a union negotiator, advised the student council and yearbook staff, and led trips to Europe and Washington, DC. He was particularly proud of his We the People civics competition teams and their eight MN state championships.
Tony’s smile, quick wit, and selfless personality will be especially missed by his wife of 46 years, Rhonda Meyer, and his children and grandchildren: Nick (and wife Laura, Alex, Sam, and Ben) Meyer of New Prague, MN; Andy (and wife Erin, Will, and Anna) Meyer of New Berlin, WI; Peter Meyer (and wife Lauren Biagini) of Washington, DC; and Caitlin Meyer (and son Cullen) of Northfield. Tony is also survived by six siblings: Betsy (and husband Glen) Lasch, Mike (and wife Barb) Meyer, Richard Meyer, Anne (and husband Ralph) Prchal, Josie (and husband John) Vandewege, and Joe (and wife Anne) Meyer; sister-in-law Sue Meyer; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Mark Meyer, among other family members.
Arrangements are being completed by the Parker Kohl Funeral Home & Crematory of Faribault.