Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

James Meier Sr.

- James R. Meier, Sr., 78, of Mishawaka, passed away peacefully with his family
present on Wednesday afternoon, October 4, 2017, in his home.

“Jim” was born January 11, 1939 in Indianapolis, Indiana, a son of the late
Joseph and Dorothy (Hovelsen) Meier. He grew up in the Indianapolis area and
was a graduate of Scecina Memorial High School. He earned a B.S. in Engineering
Degree from Purdue University.

On May 8, 1965, Jim married Christine M. Svetanoff. They moved to Mishawaka in

Jim was a Civil, Sanitary and Environmental Engineer for various firms and
utilities and at one time was the Director of Mishawaka Utilities. He was a
member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka, Mishawaka Kiwanis Club
and the Elk's in Hobart, Indiana. He also belonged to the Indiana Water
Pollution Control Association. Jim enjoyed cars and was a member of the Corvair
Club. He was an avid fisherman and liked woodworking and playing Solitaire. He
enjoyed caring for his lawn but his family lovingly feels “he was really quite
bad at it.”

Jim's surviving family includes eight children, James (Tracy) Meier, Jr., Cami
(Bill) Whitten, Carrie Lynn Bennett, Cherie Meier, Christy Meier, Joseph
(Billie) Meier, Jon Michael (Heidi) Meier and Lilia Barriga; a brother, Dr.
John (Aileen) Meier; a sister-in-law, Patricia Meier; 16 grandchildren; 6 great
grandchildren; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law as well as nieces
and nephews who he was close to.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Christine in 1999; a daughter, Celeste
Meier; and a brother, William F. Meier.