Muriel Florence Swenson was born Jan. 17, 1930 in rural North Branch, Minn. She passed away April 13, 2013 in LaCrosse, Wis. at the age of 83. She was the third of three daughters born to Ed B. and Lillie (Cedergren) Swenson. She graduated from North Branch High School in 1947. Muriel’s primary job after graduating was as a teller at what was then Merchant’s State Bank in North Branch. Later in life, she worked as a caregiver.
Muriel was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch. She was active in the women’s groups at church. In her later years, she enjoyed singing in the Joyful Voices choir.
Much of her love of life centered around other people. She cared for her dad until his death. She loved her close-knit extended family and spent much time with them. She was often the friend called upon for a ride to doctor visits or to go grocery shopping. Muriel had many hobbies, several involving needlecrafts like knitting and crocheting. She made and decorated cakes for birthdays, anniversaries and sometimes weddings. She was known by friends and family as an avid Christmas cookie maker. She made hundreds of cookies each Christmas and shared them freely with friends and family. Another one of her loves was travel; she visited many places in the United States, often traveling with her aunt Elvie Skoog or her aunt Myrtle Swenson. Her laughter and ready smile will be missed by all of us who knew and loved her.
Muriel was preceded in death by her father and mother, her sister Lucile Anderson, two brothers-in-law, and a nephew.
She is survived by her sister Vernette Bloomquist, her nieces Laura Bloomquist and Sara (Craig) Stemen, her nephew David Anderson, her great-nephew Benjamin Stemen and great-niece Rebecca Stemen, plus many friends and relatives.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 19, 2013, 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch with Rev. Gary Guptill officiating. Deb Aulich served as organist and Jon Ekstrom was soloist. Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Interment followed the service at Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery in North Branch.
Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association, Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch, or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Arrangements were under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch. Condolences maybe left at www.grandstrandfh.com.