Magdalen “Mag” Antoinette (Ardolf) Miller, age 91 of Silver Lake, left this world peacefully, surrounded by nieces and nephews, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at Cedar Crest in Silver Lake.
She was born Oct. 21, 1923, on her parents’ farm, the daughter of Albert Sr. and Josephine (Posusta) Ardolf. Magdalen attended District 51 country school, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, and graduated from Silver Lake High School.
After one year of Teachers Training School, at the age of 18, she started teaching in several different country schools, including in Lester Prairie for one year, Hutchinson for five years, and in Edina for 29 years.
Her education included going to St. Cloud State University during the summers and evenings to obtain an associate degree in education in 1949, and a bachelor of science degree in 1954. She received her master of arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 1958, and a library of science degree and an audio visual degree from Augsburg College in 1972. She retired in 1985.
During her country school teaching, some of the 20 students she taught from grade one to eight were only one year younger, and some were taller than her. She was required to start the fire, have clean drinking water, sweep the floors, act as a nurse, supervise recesses, prepare lessons for eight grades, make sure the outhouses were clean, and have a little potty in the cloak room for the little kids. She drove to school in her 1935 Ford Coupe with bald tires.
Magdalen and Marvin Miller were married Aug.11, 1979, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Silver Lake. They were a loving couple, who loved people and loved and enjoyed each other’s company. They traveled to many foreign countries and took many cruises.
Marvin passed away Dec. 31, 2000, after 20 years of happy marriage.
Magdalen enjoyed teaching and had many good times with her teacher friends in Edina. They enjoyed spending time with their neighbors, their relation, nieces and nephews, and were always ready to help anyone in need.
During her time at Cedar Crest, Mag spent many hours embroidering many dish towels to be given away to her relation. She made many new friends at Cedar Crest, making them laugh at her dry wit.
Magdalen’s many interests included education, traveling, camping, sewing, embroidering, eating out, attending parties with relatives and teacher friends, and shopping. She especially loved playing with her little nieces and nephews, and watching them play. She always encouraged her young relation to further their education.
Magdalen is survived by her brother, Albert Ardolf Jr.; sisters-in-law Mary Jo Ardolf, Arlene Saterlee, and Arvilla Miller; nieces Eileen (Urban) (Ron) Pulkrabek, Marilyn (Urban) (Bob) Schuette, Jean (Ardolf) (Ron) Penas, Karen (Ardolf) (Jeff) Krantz, Julie (Ardolf) (Jeff) Mallak, and Ann (Ardolf) (Mike) Boyer; nephews Bruce Ardolf, Scott (Shauna) Ardolf, Donald (Sharon) Humlicek, Richard (Christine) Annis, and Ron (Marilyn) Urban; many great grand, and great, great grand nieces and nephews; Laurel Saterlee, Lowette Schoettmer, Marla Beckman, and many nephews and nieces in the Cokato area.
In addition to her husband, Marvin, Magdalen was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Sr. and Josephine Ardolf; sister, Helen (Merrill) Annis; brother, Francis (Evelyn) Ardolf, sister Myrtle (Rudolph) Urban, sister, Alice (George) Humlicek; brothers-in-law Melvin Miller and Pat Saterlee; sister-in-law Delores Miller; and many Millers in the Cokato area.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Jan. 26 at The Church of the Holy Family in Silver Lake with Father Paul Schumacher, Father Tony Stubeda, and Father Paul Ardolf officiating.
Alice Nowak was the organist, with the Holy Family choir leading the songs. Musical selections included, “On Eagles Wings,” “Amazing Grace,” “Be Not Afraid,” and “Here I Am Lord.” Gift bearers were Karen Kranz, Julie Mallak, and Ann Boyer. Interment followed at Holy Family Cemetery in Silver Lake.
Pallbearers were Scott Ardolf, Bruce Ardolf, Donald Humlicek, Jeff Mallak, Seth Schuette, and Ron Pulkrabek.
Arrangements were with the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake. Online condolences may be made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com.