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Neil Joseph Meinzer

May 4, 1956 ~ February 4, 2024 (age 67) 67 Years Old


Neil Meinzer, 67, of Lakeland, FL, passed away on February 4th, 2024 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Lakeland, FL surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 4th, 1956, in Geneva, NY to Edward and Mary Meinzer and grew up in Mount Holly, NJ. He graduated Rancocas Valley Regional High School in 1974 and attended a 4 year apprenticeship training program at Andrew Gress Technical Institute for the Graphic Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Afterwards, he worked most of his life as a plate maker. Neil married Alisa (Lisa) on July 10th, 2002 in Niagara Falls, NY. Neil took pride in their log cabin in Rancocas Woods, NJ where he created an impressive fish pond, chopped cords of wood to feed the stove, and grilled for backyard parties where friends and family were always welcome. He loved photography, savored the art of food, appreciated music, enjoyed reading and especially loved his four-legged companions Clayton and Charlie. Neil was an excellent listener, accepted those he loved without judgment and believed in laughter and celebration.

Neil is survived by his loving wife, Alisa, stepson, Justin McElwee (Jamie), step grandson Shevan Nyce, brother-in-law, Joseph Hiers and nieces Jennifer, Noel and Aubrey.

Neil is predeceased by his parents, Edward and Mary Meinzer as well as his sister, Gail Ann Hiers (Meinzer).

Neil will be cremated through Lakeland Funeral Home and his ashes will remain with his widow Alisa until her passing when they will be reunited again. While no service is planned at this time, any details of a service will be posted at a later date.

“It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.” - John Waters

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