Corrine Ann Meierbachtol, 84
Corrine Ann Meierbachtol passed away peacefully on Jan. 3, 2018, at home, with her loving husband, seven children and two daughters-in-law present. Corrine was born in Yankton, S.D., in 1933, to Mike and Lillian Oliva. She married her high school sweetheart, Cal Meierbachtol, on April 15, 1950. While living in South Dakota, they started their family, having four children. In 1958, they moved to the San Diego area, where three more children were born.
Corrine was a dedicated (and as her husband described her, superior) home-maker, caring for her family. She always made sure they were well taken care of, and made their birthdays and holidays special with themed parties and fancy invitations. In 1990, Corrine and Cal moved to Harrison, Idaho, where they built a log home off the lake. It warmed her heart when her children and grandchildren came to visit.
Always a crafter, Corrine made clothes for her family and created quilts, afghans, home décor, Christmas ornaments and decorations, etc. She earned extra money through her crafting. From 1976 to 1981, Corrine was commissioned to craft approximately 256 dolls based on the artwork of artist Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia. Through her compassion and generosity, she made hundreds of quilts for the births and marriages of her relatives as well as the homeless, The Linus Project, infants at the Mary and Martha House and prayer blankets through Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church women’s group.
Corrine showed her courage and grace when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, which eventually took her life. Near the end, she was lovingly cared for by the Hospice of North Idaho.
Corrine had a profound love for God, and a deep devotion to the Virgin Mary, who was a model for her life. She was always welcoming and embracing to those she met, to her friends, and to new members of the family. She made several pilgrimages to the Marian Congress in eastern South Dakota. In 2010, Corrine and Cal took a trip to Europe, including Italy and Germany, where they attended the Passion Play. Corrine lived her life with love, kindness, humility, bravery, generosity, perseverance and compassion. She prayed every day and was an example of how her family should live their lives.
Corrine always remembered the birthdays and anniversaries of her large family and friends; sending cards with love. Family was very important to her and she spent many hours researching, writing and publishing the Meierbachtol and Oliva family history, which totaled over six books.
Corrine is survived by her husband, Cal Meierbachtol; her four sons and three daughters; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren (with two on the way); four brothers; one sister and many nieces and nephews.
Vigil and Rosary will take place starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Yates Funeral Home, 373 E. Hayden Ave., Hayden, Idaho. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 919 E. Indiana Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with burial and luncheon to follow. Donations in Corrine’s name may be made to Hospice of North Idaho or Open Arms PCC in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Yates Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of final arrangements. Please visit Corrine’s online memorial and sign her guestbook at www.yatesfuneralhomes.com.