Obituaries » Muriel June Shroyer (nee Hansen)
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June 12, 1927 - February 2, 2017
Although our hearts are heavy with loss, we are grateful for the full and meaningful life that our mother and grandmother lived.
Muriel was born in St. Paul, MN to Anne and Jens Hansen. She is preceded in death by: her parents, her husband, Virgil Shroyer, her son, Michael Shroyer, her siblings, Doris Nelson and Robert Hansen, sister-in-law BettyJane Hansen and niece, Marilisa Nelson.
Muriel was a proud graduate of St. Paul Central High School and the University of Minnesota, where she graduated with a B.S. degree in Education and home economics. On her first professional teaching job in Hancock, MN she met and fell in love with the principal, Virgil Shroyer. Their first date was to chaperone a school dance, and by the last day of school students were lined up on their way out the door to admire her engagement ring and to wish them well.
Muriel and Virgil were married for 58 years and shared in the joy and challenges of raising their six children in Bloomington, MN. One would think being the mother of six would have kept her busy enough – scouts, PTA, church activities – but Muriel was always a modern woman and even with young children returned to work as a home economics teacher, first working at Bloomington Kennedy H.S., and then on to Jefferson H.S., ending her career at Olson Middle School. She enjoyed working: the students, the planning, and most of all her co-workers. And yet Muriel was a creative soul and was never idle. In what spare time she had she made clothes for all, wove rugs on her loom, painted countless landscapes, quilted, carved, made stained glass artwork, and produced detailed and stunning needlework. All of her creations are treasured pieces of art in her children and grandchildren’s homes.
Upon retirement Muriel moved with her husband to the family lake home in Emily, MN where they lived the perfect life. Muriel continued to create, and was very proud to be one of the founders of the Emily Loon Quilters that is still active today. She was also very active in her church, St. Emily’s, where she sang in the choir. She and her husband were also Hospice volunteers for close to twenty years.
And although community activities and her art kept her very busy, Muriel’s focus was always on family. She took a lot of pride in her children and grandchildren and despite some significant health issues in the last few years, hoped to be a role model for her grandchildren. She felt it was important to stay politically active, and to show an interest in current events – not to mention current hairstyles and fashion, as Muriel was always beautifully and stylishly put together – and to continue to practice her strong faith as she did for many years, by having a weekly bible study with some of her children.
Muriel lived a full and remarkable life and will be dearly missed by those she leaves behind. Survivors include her children: Thomas Shroyer (Nan Sorensen), Ann Lee (John), Mary Rudnicki (Bill), Patty Sullivan (Jim), John Shroyer (Karrie), and daughter-in-law, Sue Shroyer. As well as her much loved fourteen grandchildren, brother, James Hansen, and her ever-supportive nieces and nephews. Muriel’s last few weeks were a flurry of visits and calls by her loved ones and she left this world feeling loved and cherished and very ready to receive her reward of eternal life and to be reunited with her husband and her son.
A special thank you to the thoughtful staff at both The Seasons and St. Croix Hospice. Words cannot express our gratitude for the care and love you gave our mother in the last few months of her life.
Service will be Friday, February 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 4030 Pilot Knob Road in Eagan, MN. Visitation at 1:00 p.m.