Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
Mayor Joseph Ignatino Meinzinger

Mayor Joseph Ignatino Meinzinger[1]

Male 1892 - 1962  (70 years)

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  • Name Joseph Ignatino Meinzinger 
    Prefix Mayor 
    Born 17 Feb 1892  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Packer, Furniture Factory 
    Religion 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Roman Catholic 
    Religion 1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Roman Catholic 
    Residence 1921  396 Wellington St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Elected Office 1932  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    mayor - councillor - Kitchener 
    • Years Served: 1932, 1934-39, 1940-41 (Mayor), 1942, 1943-45 (Mayor), 1957, 1959 (Mayor), 1961-62 (Mayor) Jan-June/62
    Elected Office 1961  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mayor - Kitchener 
    Joseph Meinzinger holding with the Queen.
    Joseph Meinzinger holding with the Queen.
    source: Kitchener-Waterloo Record
    Died 3 Jun 1962  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 6 Jun 1962  Woodland Cem., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    boxer, sportsman 
    Military WW1 
    Joe and Lillian Meinzinger
    Joe and Lillian Meinzinger
    Sports Team Membership Kitchener Daily Record Newspaper, Kitchener, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Kuntz Ball Team 
    Kuntz Ball Team - year unknown
    Kuntz Ball Team - year unknown
    L-R is: "Honey" Kuntz, Gerry Bauer, Bobby Bauer, "Buddy Huber, Vic Lang, Roy Reinhardt and Jim McAvoy.
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-130329P 
    Person ID I130329  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father Ignatz Meinzinger,   b. 1852, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1892  (Age 40 years) 
    Mother Barbara Hoerle,   b. 9 Apr 1856, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F25093  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father Ignatz Meinzinger,   b. 1850, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1892, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Mother Barbara Horl,   b. 9 Apr 1856, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1935, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Family ID F262829  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lillian Regina Hummel,   b. 20 Jun 1891, Guelph Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1974, Jupiter, Palm Beach, Florida, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 10 Jul 1917  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. John Joseph "Jack" Meinzinger,   b. 10 Jul 1919, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1965, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F45756  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Feb 1892 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Packer, Furniture Factory - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Roman Catholic - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Jul 1917 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Roman Catholic - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1921 - 396 Wellington St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - mayor - councillor - Kitchener - 1932 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Mayor - Kitchener - 1961 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Jun 1962 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 6 Jun 1962 - Woodland Cem., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - boxer, sportsman - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSports Team Membership - Kuntz Ball Team - - Kitchener Daily Record Newspaper, Kitchener, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Joseph Meinzinger
    Joseph Meinzinger
    from Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

  • Notes 
    • Stricken At Jubilee Of Priest

      The funeral service for Mayor Meinzinger, Kitchener’s colorful chief magistrate, who died last night, at 70, will be held, Wednesday. The mayor was stricken by a heart attack, while attending St. Joseph”s RC Church hall, the 59 anniversity of Msgr. Haller’s life, to the priesthood. He was dead on arrival, at St. Mary's Hospital. Prayers will be said at the Gruhn Funeral Home, at 9: 30 a.m., Wednesday, followed by solemn requiem high mass, at St. Mary's RC Church, at 10 o’clock. The body of Mayor Meinzinger, will be at the funeral home after 7 p.m. tonight. The rosary, will be recited at the funeral home tomorrow, at 8 p.m. The mayor suffered the sezure just after he had delivered a 10-minute talk, to praise Msgr. Haller, in whose parish he worshipped.
      DREW APPLAUSE
      He drew loud applause, with his concluding remark,"If I had to pick a City Council finance chairman, Msgr. Haller would be my man. Under him, he would have our city debt free, in 12 years." He then returned to his seat near the front of the packed hall, sitting between his wife and the monsignor. The Separate School glee club and orchestra started to sing and play the song, Moon River. Suddenly, the mayor put his hand to his head, then threw his head back and gasped. Msgr. Haller put his arm around the mayor's shoulders and eased him gently down on to the seats, arising to vaeate his seal. Mrs. Meinzinger, also stood up and the mayor was placed across the three seats. Meanwhile. Rev. Paul Driscoll, assistant priest at St. Joseph's Church, ran up into the church to get the oils needed in the last rites, of the Roman Catholic church. Helpers carried the mayor outside into the schoolyard, where Father Driscoll administered the last rites.
      SOME UNAWARE
      Msgr. Haller remained in the hall and many were not aware that anything had happened. Others believed, the mayor had fainted. The glee club stopped playing for a moment, then continued. Dr. P. J. Shark, a guest at the reception, hurried outside where be gave medical assistance. Mrs. Meinzinger, standing close by and seemingly composed, asked the doctor “He will be all right won't he” Dr. Sharkey replied, “We can't guarantee anything, Mrs. Meinzinger.” A moment later; when it was clear that her husband had dead, Mrs. Meinzinger broke down slightly. “I don't know what 1 will do without him.” she said. The colorful mayor, an insurance and real estate agent, until his retirement, several years ago, was born in Kitchener, son of the late Mr. And Mrs. Ignatius Meinzinger, immigrants, from Bavaria. He was first elected as alderman, in 1932. He returned in 1934 and served until 1939. In 1940, he won election as mayor, serving each year until 1945 He left municipal politics, to serve in the Ontario Legislature from 1946 to 1949. In 1958 he returned to municipal life as alderman, becoming mayor the next year. He was defeated in 1960 and returned in 1961 and 1962. In addition to his wife, the former Elizabeth Hummel, whom he married here, in 1917. He is survived by two sons, John of Kitchener and Robert of Toronto: a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Shirley) LaFIamme of Islington: two brothers, Stephen and Louis, both of Kitchener; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. One brother and two sisters, predeceased him.

      Kitchener-Waterloo Record 4 Jun 1962 pg

  • Sources 
    1. [S2492] Military.
      Name:Joseph Meinzinger Birth Date:18 Feb 1892 Birth Location:Berlin, Ontario Residence:Berlin, Ontario Relative:Barbara Meinzinger Relationship:Mother Regiment Number:751516

    2. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-3 Page 17.

    3. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div.. 21 Page 20.

    4. [S2264] Census - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1921, Sub Dist. 23 Page 4.

    5. [S2490] aaa Vit - ON - Birth Registration, Birth Certificate 032902 (1892).
      Name:Joseph Meinzinger Date of Birth:18 Feb 1892 Gender:Male Birth Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Father's name:Ignatz Meinzinger Mother's name:Barbara Herl

    6. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

    7. [S2488] aaa Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 019936 (1917).
      Name: Mr Joseph Meinzinger Age:25 Birth Year:abt 1892 Birth Place:Kitchener, Ontario Marriage Date:10 Jul 1917 Marriage Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Father:Mr Ignatius Meinzinger Mother:Miss Barbara Herrel Meinzinger Spouse:Lillian Hummel