OBITUARY

Dr. Roland M. Meffert

June 30, 1932March 22, 2011

Roland M. Meffert, D.D.S., Colonel, USAF (Ret), husband, father, clinician and teacher, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, in San Antonio, at the age of 78. He was born June 30, 1934, in Cross Plains, WI, to John M. Meffert and Lorraine Garfoot Meffert, both deceased. He was married to his wife, Marcy Czarnecki Meffert, June 12, 1955, at St. Hedwig’s Church, Milwaukee, WI. The couple lived in Leon Valley from 1972 to 1983 when they moved to New Orleans. In 1990, the couple then moved back to Leon Valley until 2010 when both moved to Air Force Village, San Antonio.

He was considered both nationally and worldwide to be a cornerstone pioneer in the field of dental implant research and lectured extensively in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Dr. Meffert attained the highest achievements in numerous prestigious professional organizations.

Roland “Rollie” Meffert is survived by his wife, Marcy, four of their five children and six grandsons including Dr. Jeff Meffert, his wife Dr. Paula Lyons, and their sons, Austin and Ian, of Castle Hills; Sarah Meffert Becher and her sons, Matthew and Jackson, San Antonio; Greg Meffert, his wife, Linda Brewster Meffert, and their sons Mason and Tyler of Leon Valley; Dr. Douglas Meffert and his partner, Lee Ledbetter of New Orleans. His daughter, Dr. Lisa Meffert, preceded him in death in 2009. He is also survived by his sister, Carol Dahmen, his brother Curt, his wife, Liz, and brother, Dr. Gordon Meffert, his wife Marilyn, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Any donations may be made In Memory of Dr. Roland Meffert to either to AAP Foundation (online at: www.perio.org/give) or the Wounded Warriors Project (online at: www.woundedwarriorproject.org ).

The family wishes to thank the following people whose kindness and caring made his last difficult years more bearable including Armando Barbosa, his barber; Drs. Robert and Peggy Starr, his dentist; the staff at the UTHSCSA Department of Continuing Dental Education; and the staffs at Air Force Village II Freedom House and Air Force Village I Health Care Center.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 29, 2011
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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Dr. Roland M. Meffert

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Jerry Evans

April 21, 2011

Dear Marcy and Family,
We are all very sorry to hear of Rollie's passing. He was truly a great mentor, friend, and boss. Rollie will be sadly missed by all his former colleagues, staff, and residents here at LSUSD.

Robin Boldt

April 13, 2011

Jeff, Paula, and the Meffert Family,
I apologize for being a bit late and out of touch but I'm just as sorry for your loss. Although I never met Dr. Meffert, I know his whole family, like him, has been role models, mentors, and involved community members. What a life and set of honors. I so enjoyed the photos and am curious about the numerous costumes. Obviously, the sense of family and faith are beyond reproach and will continue long after this. My deepest sympathies and prayers are you continue to grieve and get used to the idea that your dad is gone from this earth but his presence will remain with you always.
Blessings, Robin Boldt

Russell EYMAN

April 13, 2011

Dear Meffert Family, I extend my deepest sympathy in your time of loss. Rollie was my mentor and friend. He gave me the confidence as a young Air Force Captain awash in a sea of Colonels to thrive. He gave me purpose in my work, and laughter and friendship after duty hours. I treasure his memory and always will. Thanks for sharing him with so many of us. PS Great pic. All the PA's in one shot. Auf Wiedersehen,Oberst.

Mark Waring

April 5, 2011

Dear Marcy and Family,
I was truly saddened to hear about Dr. Meffert. He was a powerful mentor to his residents and I have always loved him for all he did for us. He not only taught us by precept, but also inspired us to become excellent clinicians and think critically about our world. I often think about my time with him in New Orleans and will always be grateful to you and him for your graciousness and love for us. I love my profession and owe much of who I am to Rollie Meffert. May God's comfort and peace be with you at this difficult time.

Paul Luepke

April 4, 2011

Dear Meffert family,
Please accept my sincere sympathy. My memmories of Dr. Meffert were always of pride, laughter, and the meaning of a true gentleman. I still feel he is over my shoulder as I place an implant, guiding me and always giving me positive confidence. He will be truly missed, but we as his residents and educational family will carry his memmory always. Good Bless!

Pedram Towfighi

April 3, 2011

Dear Marcy and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss and feel great sorrow to see the loss of such wonderful and caring mentor. Rollie was always such an integral part of all of his students and was loved dearly by all.
My condolences,
Pedram P. Towfighi

April 2, 2011

Marcy,
Hope you are doing OK. You and Rollie bring back many memories.
Thinking of you and the family...
George Greco

Cousin Gail

April 1, 2011

Thank you Meffert Familia for sharing the past couple of days with us...the gathering of photos and sharing of stories and rememberances about Uncle Rollie is truly a testimony to how many family members, friends, colleagues, patients, etc. he touched throughout his illustrious career and lifetime. Opening your arms, hearts and homes to us is pretty typical (I think) of our family and a huge component of the legacy passed down to us all. I once read that laughing is exercise -- like jogging for our insides -- I thank you for all the "exercise" over the past few days and I can't wait until the next chance or occasion we can get together and "exercise" some more!!! LOVE YA'LL

Nina Broggini (Tsai)

March 31, 2011

Dear Marcy and Family,

My dearest, dearest sympathy and condolences. Dr. Meffert was an extremely dedicated educator and mentor. More than this, he was a great family man and loving husband - always so proud to be married to "the mayor". And, he had one of the biggest hearts. He will be missed by his former students, also those scattered throughout the world. My best wishes to you all.

Denee Thomas

March 31, 2011

Dear Marcy and family,
My prayers are with you all. Rollie was a wonderful mentor and friend to me from our first meeting. I hope you are comforted by all the love that comes back from the light he was to all of us. He was truly a grand man of science. I miss him. How grand that he touched the lives of so many, who will keep his spirit alive forever!