Muriel Dellamae (Swanson) Younggren

May 20, 2024
Muriel Dellamae (Swanson) Younggren Muriel Dellamae (Swanson) Younggren

Muriel Dellamae (Swanson) Younggren, Hallock , passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 16 at the Kittson Memorial Nursing Home.

Muriel was born May 20, 1932, to John and Delia (Rydberg) Swanson at the Drayton Hospital. Muriel spent her youth in Teien Township, Svea Township, and finally Jupiter Township west of Halma. She attended school at the Grant School in Jupiter Township through the 8th Grade, then finished her high school years at Karlstad High School graduating in 1950. Following graduation, Muriel attended the Van Sant School of Business in Omaha NE and worked several jobs in Shennnandoah, IA where she had many Swanson relatives. Arriving back home, she found employment at the Kennedy Trading Co. until she was united in marriage to Dean Younggren on June 8, 1956, at East Emmaus Church.

On the banks of the Red River, Muriel and Dean raised 3 boys, Charles, Lowell and Loren. Farm life and being a farm wife were a perfect fit for the young couple until 4 floods in 6 years was enough and they moved east of Hallock along the Two Rivers to continue their farming operation. While Dean and the boys were busy in the field, Muriel was busy cooking and baking, bringing many meals to the fields. It was meat and potatoes for nearly every meal.

Muriel and Dean were inseparable; it was rarely one without the other. They were big supporters of their children, watching almost every baseball, softball, and hockey game they played in. In later years, Muriel kept up with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s events, not wanting to miss out on any of them.

Muriel was active in the Red River and Two River Homemakers clubs, Sewing Club, Presbyterial Church Circle, The Swedish Society, and, while never on the board, attended every Kittson County Historical Society event with Dean. Playing piano either by herself or with the grandkids was always a highlight of her day. Oh, the stories she could tell of watching the grandkids when moms and dads were busy.

Mom loved having company stop in, talking on the telephone, writing letters, and especially receiving letters (always keeping them close by until all of us had a chance to read them). But her passion came from taking care of ALL of us. Her true calling was taking Dean, and later Chuck, for rides in the country to see what the latest happenings were around the farm. She knew it was important for them to still feel included in the farm life. She loved her life and felt blessed with all she had.

Grandma Muriel was a “Wheel” watcher and “Price is Right” enthusiast. She enjoyed being entertained by the grandchildren and never missed an opportunity to give the little ones a snack of some kind, mostly Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Muriel is survived by her sons: Lowell (Juli) and Loren (Jana); grandchildren: Jacki (Matt) Przekwas, Amanda (Tim) Caillier, Nikki (Mark) Larson, Savannah (Evan) Bernstrom and Nathan (Tori) Younggren; 19 great-grandchildren: Clarence, Adina, Clifford, Clancy, (Betsy), Clyde Przekwas; Corbin and Lauren Caillier; Harley, Haaken, Swede, Otto, Joel and Finna Larson; Axel, Ruth and Henry Bernstrom; and Elwood and Dellamae Younggren.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Dean; son, Charles; great-granddaughter, Betsy; parents, John and Delia Swanson; brothers, Maynard (Violet) Swanson, Eldred (Shirley) Swanson, Sister Erlyce (Donald) Ronnander; little sister Jean; in-laws, Harold & Lucille Younggren, Jerry and Lois Lindegard, Mae Younggren, and Wayne Nelson; nephews, Ricky Swanson, Curtis and Bryce Ronnander, Scott, and Tom Swanson.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. in Hallock Presbyterian Church. Interment will be in Two River Cemetery, rural Hallock. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service.

Austin Funeral Chapel