Muriel Catherine (Tuff) Opstedal, the daughter of Ernest and Edith (DuPre) Tuff, was born May 22, 1922, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She died at the age of 91 on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby.
Muriel was raised in the home of parents, moving as a young child with her family to North Dakota. She attended grade school at Hendrickson #4 in Walsh Township, Pierce County and graduated salutatorian from Rugby High School, the Class of 1940. Muriel was united in marriage to Lloyd Opstedal of Rolette in the parsonage of the Rolla Lutheran Church on Nov. 2, 1940, taking a short break from her nursing studies at Trinity Nursing School in Minot. To this union a son, Daryl, was born on Nov. 11, 1942. The couple purchased a farm in Finnegan Township, Rolette County, in 1943 where they farmed and made their home for more than 44 years. Muriel returned to college at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton where she completed her nursing degree and was licensed to practice. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, Muriel worked several years outside the home at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Rugby. The couple retired and moved to Rugby in 1987. Muriel enjoyed baking, playing cards, traveling, dancing and listening to music, especially when her son played the accordion, spending time with friends and caring for her family. She was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church and its WELCA in Rugby and the Women of the Moose in Minot. Lloyd died April 16, 2013.
Survivors include: five grandchildren, Darren (Barb), Jeff (Vicki) and Brion Opstedal, all of Rolette, Dale Opstedal, of Minot, and Melissa (David “DJ”) Anderson, of Rugby; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Vivian “Bing” Shuley of Pullman, Wash.; one brother, Dennis (Lore) Tuff, of Rugby; brother-in-law, Ralph Berg; and sisters-in-law, Stella Lunde and Lois Tuff, all of Rugby; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Daryl; one brother, Les Tuff; brother-in-law, Al Shuley; and her parents.
Funeral service: Wednesday, April 16, 11 a.m., at First Lutheran Church, Rugby.
Burial: in late spring in Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby
Visitation: Today, Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service and sharing of memories at 7 p.m., in Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby. Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church.
Arrangements with Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry is available at (www.funeralsbyanderson.com).