Muriel Anderson died August 10, 2010, in Altru Hospital at age 94, surrounded by her family. Muriel Theresa Markholt was born January 2, 1916 to Harold and Minnie (Gorder) Markholt in Crystal Township, Pembina County, North Dakota. She was the oldest of three children and the granddaughter of Norwegian immigrants.
Muriel grew up in Oakwood Township near Grafton, ND, on the family farm. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She attended country school then graduated from Grafton High School in 1933. Muriel left home for the first time to attend Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. After getting over homesickness, she excelled in English, history, music, drama, and Latin. She graduated in 1937 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education.
Her first job was in Adams, ND, teaching English with drama and music coaching duties. Here she met her lifetime sweetheart and true love, Leonard A. Anderson. They were engaged in 1942, but WWII prevented them from marrying immediately. While Leonard was stationed in England, Muriel accepted a teaching position in Oak Harbor, WA.
They married when Leonard returned on August 12, 1945, in Grafton Lutheran Church. They resided in Grafton where Muriel was Superintendent of Walsh County Schools and Leonard worked in a shoe store. For a short time, they lived in Park Rapids, MN, before making East Grand Forks, MN, their permanent home. They established Anderson Family Shoe Store and during this time, added three daughters to the family. They enjoyed their community and were active members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, the VFW, Elk’s and Rotary Clubs. Muriel loved to sing and play piano. She was also a past president of the Monday Music Club.
Leonard died in 1973. In 1974 Muriel went to work for the North Dakota Newspaper Association, retiring in 1988. She was then free to enjoy her grandchildren and later her great grandchildren. She loved to go to their activities and was proud of their achievements. In 2009, Muriel moved to 4000 Valley Square – Woodside Village. She continued to enjoy reading and visiting with family, residents and staff.
Muriel is survived by her daughters Marilyn (Bill) Pryatel, Linda (Curt) Kreun, and Nancy (Jack) Bina, all of Grand Forks; grandchildren Melody (Mark) Olstad, Dan Kostad, Heidi (Jody) Anderson, Michael (Laura) Kreun, Adam (Loan Dao Fletcher) Kostad, Jessica (Jeremy) Krog, and Justin Bina; great grandchildren Christina, Casey, and Cameron Olstad, Maren and Maisy Skalicky, Austin and Paige Anderson, and Anders Kreun; brother-in-law Vern Horter of Grafton; nephew Chuck (Julie) Horter of Bismarck and niece Vicki (Dean) Gorder of Grand Forks.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Harold “Bud” Markholt, sister-in-law Peggy Markholt, sister Donna Ann Markholt Horter, infant son Larry James Anderson, niece Diane Markholt, nephew David Markholt, and several in laws.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the Altru Hospital and Hospice staff for their care and kindness to Muriel. Memorials are preferred to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and Woodside Village.
Funeral Service: 2:30 PM on Friday, August 13, 2010 in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1515 5th Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN
Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service on Thursday, (Today) August 12, 2010 in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1515 5th Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN
Interment: Resurrection Cemetery ~ East Grand Forks, MN
Online Guestbook: www.stennesfuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Stennes Funeral Home, East Grand Forks, Minnesota