Muriel Sylvia Grage was born to Emil and Lillian (Nelson) Boen on April 1, 1922, at her parents’ home in Aurdal Township in rural Fergus Falls, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at Aurdal Lutheran Church. Muriel grew up on her family’s farm, attended Rural School District #247, and graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1940. Muriel was employed with the Fergus Falls State Hospital before her marriage and then again in the 1970s.
On October 12, 1941, Muriel and Charles Grage were married in Fergus Falls and lived in California until Charles entered the Army and Muriel returned to Minnesota. After Charles’ discharge, they joined Muriel’s parents on the family farm and were blessed with six children--Joan (1942); Ronald (1946); Carol (1952); Gail (1953); Steven (1956); and Laurie (1959).
Muriel enjoyed spending time with her family, and her hobbies included reading, cooking and baking (especially making lefse), attending TOPS, and going dancing. She was a lifetime member of Aurdal Lutheran Church, serving in many capacities including treasurer, Sunday School teacher, and ladies aid member.
On Sunday, September 30, 2018, Muriel passed away peacefully at the age of 96 years at the PioneerCare Center in Fergus Falls.
She is survived by her children Joan Klinnert, Ronald (Jennifer) Grage, Carol (Tom) LaValle, Gail (Steven) Otnes, Steven Grage, and Laurie (Jeffrey) Duncan; grandchildren Anne Jones, Tom (Rachel) Klinnert, Katy (John) Ellison, Rebecca Weatherly, Stephanie (Corey) Pausch, Steven and Jon Palmer, Hannah (AJ) Mueller, Emily and Charlie Duncan; great-grandchildren Ryan, Lucas, Kendall, Abby, and Colton Jones, Maddie Leukam, Joseph and Adam Weatherly, Mara, Gavin, and Brynn Pausch; sisters-in-law Jean Boen, Arlene Grage, and Audrey Grage; brothers-in-law Jim Sorenson and Lowell Grage, and many nieces and nephews.
Muriel was preceded in death by her husband Charles, parents Emil and Lillian Boen, son-in-law Ambrose Klinnert; brother Edgar Boen; brothers-in-law Armond Grage, Don Grage, Roy Sha; and sisters-in-law Francis Grage, Marian Sha and Phyllis Sorenson; niece Jacqueline Stewart; and grandson-in-law Terry Jones.
Funeral Service: 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Aurdal Lutheran Church (now Spirit of Hope Church) 23183 275th Ave., Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537
Visitation: One hour prior to the service
Clergy: Rev. Jim Amspacher and Rev. Gordon Grage
Interment: Aurdal Cemetery
Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson of Fergus Falls
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