Harry Francis Menestrina, 88, Anderson, passed away February 22, 2013, at St Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital.
He was born June 30, 1924, in Steelville, MO, the son of the late Leo and Virginia (Hopkins) Menestrina. He lived in Steelville, MO for 12years, lived in Carlyle, IL for 6 years graduating from Carlyle High School in 1942 and lived the past 70 years in Anderson. Harry retired in 1989 from Guide Lamp Division of General Motors after 43 years. He was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, the U.A.W.-C.I.O. local #663 and the Eagles Lodge #174. He severed in the US Army during WWII in the 824th Ordnance Depot Company. After his arrival in Europe during the first week of January 1945, he was transferred to the 6960 Infantry Reinforcement Battalion to replace casualties from the Battle of the Bulge. Harry received the Bronze Star for his participation in the Rhineland campaign and after hostilities in Europe was a Military Policeman guarding German Prisoners of War at Camp Conly, Georgia. He was called back into active duty during the Korean War and served as a Military Policeman at West Point Military Academy, New York. It was during this time that he married his wife, Mitzi Tanda, a German emigrate to the United States.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mitzi Tanda Menestina of Anderson; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Ronnie and Dawn Menestrina of Anderson and Larry and Nataliya Menestrina of Wichita, Kansas; five grandchildren, Anastasiya Menestrina of Pittsburg, Kansas, Juliana Menestrina of Wichita, Kansas, Tony Adkins, Benjamin Adkins and Lacey Adkins all of Anderson and several nieces and nephews.
Harry was also preceded in death by his siblings, Norma Green, Nelda Zieren and Don Menestrina. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church with Father Robert Williams officiating. Burial will be in East Maplewood Cemetery with military rites conducted by the VFW.
Friends may call from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday and 11:30 A.M to 12:30 P.M. on Wednesday at Brown-Butz-Diedring funeral Home.
Online condolence may be made at www.brownbutzdiedring.com