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Muriel Berger

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June 28, 1917-May 15, 2008

Muriel I. Berger, 90, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, May 15, 2008, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley and surrounded by her family at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

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Muriel Irene Olson was born to Carl and Martha (Rogers) Olson on June 28, 1917, in rural Waubun. She grew up northeast of Waubun, where she attended country school. Muriel graduated from Waubun High School with the class of 1936 and furthered her education at Moorhead State Teacher's College. Upon receiving her teaching certificate, she began teaching country school southwest of Waubun.

On Jan 31, 1942, Muriel married Russell Berger in Detroit Lakes. Over the years, they moved to Thief River Falls and Clearbrook, Minn., then settled in Mahnomen, where Muriel taught school. In 1971, they moved to Detroit Lakes, where Muriel taught at Rossman Elementary as an instructional aide. After many years of teaching, Muriel retired in the late 1970s, and they remained in Detroit Lakes.

Russell died in September 1993, and Muriel continued to make her home in Detroit Lakes. Hobbies which occupied Muriel's time were gardening, tending to her flowers, crocheting and traveling. Some of those travels included going to Rone, Denmark with her sisters and visiting her daughter in Reno, Lake Tahoe and Virginia City. She really enjoyed taking in all the sights in several states, including Texas, Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado.

Muriel had a tremendous sense of humor and a passion for garage sales. She was also an avid reader and loved arts and crafts, especially oil painting. Muriel was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, and First Lutheran Church, Mahnomen.

Surviving Muriel are her daughter, Rhonda (Paul) Hanson of Reno, Nev.; three sons, Ronald (Carol) Berger of Pelican Rapids, Randy (Beverly) Berger of Mahnomen and Rick Berger of Detroit Lakes; 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; as well as two sisters, Dolly Beauchamp of Tacoma, Wash., and Phyllis (Harold) Nelson of Moorhead.

In addition to her husband, Muriel was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Rosalyn; and four brothers, Charles "Chubby," Ken, Ernest and William.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 19, at First Lutheran Church, Mahnomen, led by the Rev. Kristen Larsen-Schmidt and Chaplain Vicki Marthaler. Serving as pallbearers were Todd Benesh, Troy Benesh, Travis Benesh, Regie Berger and Mike Honek. . Burial was in the Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, Mahnomen.

Arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home (www.andersonmattson.com) of Mahnomen.

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