1. Lena Rader was a small-town girl from Lakeview.


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Lena Rader was a small-town girl from Lakeview. She grew up on the family farm where she worked and played. Lena’s nephew Ken recalls that she enjoyed riding pigs as a child and was pretty good at it.

In 1940 Lena was hired by Fred’s father Hendrik as a cashier at the original Meijer Supermarket, where she met Fred. They married in 1946. Fred and Lena moved to Grand Rapids in 1951, where they raised their family, and continued to achieve great business success but they never forgot Lakeview, Lena’s hometown.

Over the years they contributed to many of our local community resources, Lakeview Area Community Fund, Fred Meijer Trail, Spectrum Kelsey Memorial Hospital, Lakeview Community Wellness Center, the Lakeside Park Pavilion, and Lakeview Youth Clinic to name few. We would even see Lena at “Music in The Park” from time to time listening to music and visiting with old friends.

The names Fred and Lena Rader Meijer are generously scattered throughout Michigan on places for us to enjoy and refresh our souls and maintain our health because of their generosity and giving back to the community; in the gifts they gave us.

Most recently in 2021, Lena generously gave Lakeview Community Wellness Center a gift of fifty-thousand dollars to be used on building renovations. The siding and insulation project was recently completed thanks to local contractors Griffith Builders Inc.

Giving back to her community was part of her legacy. Sadly, Lena recently passed but we will not forget her or the many generous gifts she has given to our community, HER community.

So, the next time you drive through Lakeview, please take a moment to see how nice the exterior of LCWC looks. I’ll be saying a thank you Lena Rader Meijer for years to come when I look at our LCWC building.


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