Muriel Lindahl, age 83, of Strandburg passed away surrounded by her family on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Jenkins Living Center in Watertown.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at Countryside Covenant Church in rural LaBolt, SD, 1-1/2 miles west of the Hwy 15/20 intersection. Pastor Mark Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 8, from 5-7 p.m. at Mundwiler Funeral Home in Milbank, SD. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at LaBolt Cemetery.
Music will be provided by Verla Peterson, Dayna Meyers and Courtney Tewalt. Scripture will be read by Kailey Lindahl.
Casket bearers will be Adam Sime, Aaron Sime, Taylor Lindahl, Parker Lindahl, Cole Meyers, and Collin Tewalt.
Muriel (Lindholm) Lindahl was born on March 8, 1934, in Little Falls, MN, to Rev. Edwin and Ruth (Backlund) Lindholm. Muriel was a minister’s daughter and the oldest of seven children. Since her mother was a registered nurse who worked many evenings, Muriel was often in charge of her younger siblings. Muriel had many homes in her growing up years. She lived in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Chariton & Centerville, IA; Kewanee, IL; Courtland, KS; and LaBolt, SD.
She graduated from Strandburg High School and went on to work in Minneapolis at Pillsbury-Mills and Servicemaster.
Muriel met Darrel Lindahl at a Youth for Christ meeting and later began corresponding with this handsome Marine who was stationed in Korea. They married on September 24, 1955, and to this union three children were born. They lived for most of their 62 married years on the family farm homesteaded in 1884. Muriel was able to stay at home to raise her children. She taught piano lessons to many students throughout the years. She began working as a hot lunch secretary and aide at Grant-Deuel School shortly after it was consolidated. In 1978, she worked at Milbank Mutual as an auto underwriting clerk. She retired after 16 years.
Muriel was passionate about her love for the Lord and her love for her family. She had the gift of hospitality and enjoyed hosting large family gatherings. She was a fantastic cook and always made extra food on Sundays in case there were visitors in church and invited them to join her family for dinner. She often served homemade buns and fresh vegetables. When she wasn’t in her garden, she could be found at her sewing machine. She enjoyed putting together 1000 piece puzzles and was a fierce opponent in Scrabble. She expressed her love of music by serving the LaBolt Covenant church as pianist, organist, choir director and Sunday School teacher. Jesus Christ was the most important person in her life. She loved her morning devotion time and enjoyed weekly bible studies. She also enjoyed attending monthly concert series performances in Watertown. Muriel resided at Jenkins Living Center for the last 3-1/2 years of her life. Our earthly loss is heaven’s gain.
Loved ones left behind include her husband, Darrel Lindahl of Watertown; daughters: Nancy (Dayton) Daniels of Siren, WI; and Peggy (Blair) Sime of Cottage Grove, MN; son, Jeff (Kris) Lindahl of Watertown, SD; grandchildren: Adam Sime; Aaron (fiance, Brieana Anderson) Sime; Dayna (Cole) Meyers; Courtney (Collin) Tewalt; Taylor Lindahl; Parker Lindahl; and Kailey Lindahl; great-grandchildren: Westin and Ezri Meyers; brother, Wesley (D.J.) Lindholm; and sisters: Faith (Donald) Lindahl; Faris (Paul) Hallblade; and Priscilla (LaMar) Lundell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Raymond (Karen) Lindholm; sister, Gwendolyn (Roger) Nelson; and brother-in-law, Donald (Faith) Lindahl.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Jenkins Living Center, Pastor Scott, and the Hospice nurses and volunteers who cared for Muriel in the last years and final days of her life on earth.