Muriel Berry, 1923-2018

Published 1:00 am Thursday, April 12, 2018

Memorial services for Muriel H. Berry, 94, of Lake Mills will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Emmons Lutheran Church. The Rev. Christopher Martin will officiate. Interment will be at Oaklawn Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Online condolences are welcome at

Muriel Berry

Muriel passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Mason City Hospice House.

Muriel H. Berry was born April 25, 1923, in Leland, Iowa, to Bernt and Bertha (Hanna) Haugen. She spent her youth in Leland, graduating from high school there, prior to attending Waldorf College for one year before teaching in a local country school.

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On Sept. 17, 1943, Muriel wed Edwin Merle Berry at Leland Lutheran Church.

For the majority of their 53-year marriage they lived in Emmons, where they raised their four children. Muriel was a farm wife until they moved into town. She also was employed by Fleetguard Industries for 26 years until her retirement. Later, she enjoyed the children of Emmons when she went back to work as a lunch lady at the Emmons school.

Muriel was active in Emmons Lutheran Church for over 60 years. She enjoyed her Bunko club and exercise class. She was an avid reader who spent many years volunteering at the Emmons library two days a week. In addition to her enjoyment of jigsaw puzzles, she had a passion for baseball and her Minnesota Twins. In her last year she lived at Mills Harbour Assisted Living in Lake Mills, where she reconnected with many friends from her earlier years.

Muriel is survived by three children, Carole (Gary) Edwin of Faribault, Patricia Thompson of Brownsville, Oregon, and Dennis (Beth) Berry of Northfield; and son-in-law, Doug Loyd, of Walters. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great- grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Muriel was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; daughter, Rella Loyd; great-granddaughter, Ashley Krell; brothers and their spouses Gim (Virgil), Claire (Betty) and Allen Haugen; sisters and husbands Olga (Oscar) Jordahl, Mabel (Richard) Hugelen, Eva (Orland) Johnson and Julia in her infancy; and brothers-in-law and spouses Millard (Beulah), Marion (Alice), John (Margaret) and Erwin Berry.

Memorials are preferred to the Emmons library or Emmons Cemetery Fund.