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Muriel T. Guilfoile

Muriel T. Guilfoile, age 86, of Delano, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia after a courageous battle with lymphoma.

She was born Jan. 31, 1920 to Hjalmar and Mildred (Gustavson) Swanberg in Norquay, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Muriel and her family emigrated from Canada when she was 3 years old, eventually settling in Delano. Muriel graduated from Delano High School.

She married Dr. Pierre Guilfoile June 27, 1942. Together, they made their home in Delano and raised seven children.

Muriel was active in her community. She worked with the Friends of the Library, the General Federated Women’s Club, the Delano American Legion Auxiliary, and the Buffalo Hospital Auxiliary. She also served in a number of capacities at St. Peter Catholic Church.

An avid bridge player, Muriel played on a number of weekly bridge clubs. She enjoyed baking, and annually delivered over 100 dozen cookies to the elderly during the holiday season.

Muriel converted her home each Christmas season into something to be experienced. The Guilfoile grandchildren always called grandma’s house the Christmas House.

Muriel was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Pierre Guilfoile; sons Mickey and Jim; and a daughter-in-law, Alyce Guilfoile.

She is survived by her children: Pat and Al Owens, Larry and Colleen Guilfoile, Ron and Karen Guilfoile, Muriel Jean and Tom Jorvig, and Nancy and Phil Vaccaro; daughter-in-law Kathy Guilfoile; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister Ann Hanson; a brother Fritz and Rosetta Swanberg, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Oct. 28 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano, with the Rev. Michael Miller officiating. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery in Delano.

Visitation was Friday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, and continued Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.

Casket bearers were Muriel’s grandsons: Michael Owens, Tom Guilfoile, Pierre Guilfoile, Jason Jorvig, Joe Vaccaro, and Jack Vaccaro.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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