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George Gerard Meiners

  • Birth 6 Jan 1875 Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 19 Aug 1954 Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
  • Plot Section 32, Lot 13, Grave 6
  • Memorial ID 5129510

The son of Herman Heinrich Meiners and his third wife Elizabeth Mary Kreke Meiners, George Gerard Meiners was his mother's third-born and one of nine of their children. He also had six older half-siblings. He was born January 6 (the 12th Day of Christmas, Epiphany), 1875 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Kroger Company in Cincinnati. He married Clara Estermann Meiners on May 28, 1897 in Saint Lawrence Roman Catholic Church in Cincinnati, and they had 13 children, about half of whom survived into adulthood, including: Herman George Meiners, Clare Cecelia "Ceil" Meiners Donnelly, Lawrence H. "Bill" Meiners, Eleanor Clara Meiners, Clara Meiners, Paul John Meiners, George Meiners, Roger Sampson Meiners, Genevieve Meiners, Thomas Meiners, Martin Meiners, Lucy Meiners, and at least one additional infant. George often took his family on vacation by train to Florida and made drawings of the trips. He was the founder of the family's Sacred Heart Press to manufacture religious badges touched to relics. These badges were taken into battle during World War II (and later wars) by Catholic soldiers. After George the Sacred Heart Press was taken over by his son-in-law Thomas James Donnelly, then his grandson Thomas Meiners Donnelly, and then his great-grandson Thomas Christian Donnelly. George died at age 79 on August 19, 1954 in Cincinnati and is buried at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Cincinnati. His heritage was German. He and his wife were born on the same date one year apart.

Thanks so much to his granddaughter Mary Donnelly Minges for so much of this information. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.



  • Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
  • Added: 30 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5129510
  • Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Gerard Meiners (6 Jan 1875–19 Aug 1954), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5129510, citing Saint Joseph Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Sharlotte Neely Donnelly (contributor 19199118) .