Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Muriel Genevieve Torgerson, 89, longtime resident of Adams, Minn., passed away peacefully at the Lewis Memorial Christian Villiage in Springfield, Ill. on Friday, March 26, 2010.
Muriel resided in Mower County, Minn. for most of her life. Born near Sargeant, Minn., Muriel graduated from Adams High School, attended St. Olaf College, and later married Vance Nordeen Torgerson of Adams. Vance and Muriel were associated with the Farmers State Bank of Adams for more than 43 years, with Vance as bank president and chairman and Muriel as director and stockholder. Muriel was a devoted wife, mother and daughter.
Muriel was very active in Adams’ civic and religious life. She helped develop the Adams Swimming Pool and the Cedar River Country Club. She was active as a Cub Scout Den Mother; a member of the American Legion Auxiliary; a Sunday school teacher, and a president of the Little Cedar Lutheran ALCW / WELCA. She was active in the Adams Public Schools PTA; the Republican Party of Mower County; the support of the Boy Scouts of America; and the League of Women Voters. She was also involved with ELCA WordAlone and with UNICEF for many years.
Muriel’s was an enthusiastic golfer. She regularly participated in “Ladies’ Day” at Cedar River Country Club in Adams, where she also organized the annual women’s tournament. Muriel made three holes-in-one during her lifetime golf career. Her first hole-in-one occurred at Cedar River Country Club’s No. 8 Par 3 on June 8, 1973. Muriel “aced” this hole again on June 2, 1994. The remaining “ace” occurred in 1998 in Florida.
Muriel was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Vance; parents, Henry and Inga Sass of Adams; brother, Donald Sass of Adams; father- and mother-in-law, Nordeen and Nora Torgerson; and brother-in-law Roy Torgerson.
She is survived by sons, Dr. Stuart A. (Crescense) Torgerson of Springfield, Ill., Dr. Brian C. (Candace) Torgerson of Vass, N.C., and James D. (Mary Ann) Torgerson of Fountain Hills, Ariz. Muriel is also survived by seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Services will be held at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams on Saturday, April 3, 2010, at 1:30 p.m., with burial to follow in Little Cedar Cemetery. Pastor Leslie B. Neist will preside. Visitation will be held at the Church from noon until the time of the service. The family prefers Minnesota memorials to Little Cedar Church.
Staab Funeral Home of Springfield and Adams Funeral Home are handling arrangements.