Myrtle Rosella Tesdahl, 88

Published 9:42 am Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Myrtle Rosella Tesdahl, 88, of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at her home.

Myrtle Rosella Tesdahl, 88

Myrtle Rosella Tesdahl, 88

Myrtle was born in Rose Creek, Minnesota, on March 3, 1927, to John and Kathryn (Mullenbach) Fink. She grew up in the Rose Creek area. After her father died when she was only 14, Myrtle and the rest of her family moved to Austin. Myrtle married Donald Orlean Miller on Feb. 15, 1944. To this union, nine children were born. She was a homemaker that loved raising her family. Donald died on June 28, 1968. On June 5, 1976, Myrtle married Newman Tesdahl. To this union, Newman brought two sons into the family. Newman died on Sept. 2, 2002.

Family and faith was always important to Myrtle. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and she volunteered in whatever capacity she could. When Donald died, she remained steadfast with her family and faith; the same could be said when Newman died.

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Myrtle loved family gatherings, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her sisters, polka, country and gospel music, lutefisk, and cooking. Most of all, Myrtle was a caregiver for her entire life and had a big heart.

Myrtle is survived by her children: Donald “Butch” Miller of Austin, Gary (Terri) Miller of Rockwell, Iowa, Diane LaRocco of Tacoma, Washington, Debbie Adams of Portland, Oregon, John Miller of Austin, David (Linda) Miller of London, Minnesota, Steven Miller of Austin, Bradley Miller of Austin; step-sons: Robert (Dorothy) Tesdahl of Marion, Iowa, Randy (Peggy) Tesdahl of Elk River, Minnesota; daughter-in-law, Lynn Miller of Austin; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Myrtle is preceded in death by her parents; husband Donald, husband, Newman; son, William Miller; grandson, Jeremy James Miller; son-in-law, John LaRocco; sisters: Dorothy, Donna, Mildred, Kathy and Margaret.

A funeral mass will be at 12 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. Visitation will be an hour prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Mayer Funeral Home is entrusted with Myrtle’s arrangements. Online