Myrtle Fern Helen (Knutson) Meissner, died on June 24, 2017 of natural causes at the age of 91. Myrt was born on August 18, 1925 in Courtney, North Dakota to Magnus and Hilda Knutson. The family moved to Circle where she attended Circle schools and graduated in 1943. The Knutson’s farmed north of Circle where many fond memories were made with Myrt’s two siblings, Nellie and Charlie. She married Harold (Zib) Wesley Meissner on May 5, 1946, after he returned from serving in the Seabees. They lived on a farm north of Circle and had two children, Wesley and Helen. The family moved to the LeValley Ranch in 1967 and lived there and then on the Brockway farm until 2002, when she moved to Circle, after Zib passed away. Throughout her years, Myrt worked at a number of jobs in Circle. Myrt was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the Ladies Auxiliary VFW #4813 since 1954. She was proud of her affiliation with the VFW and held various positions in the organization. After she retired in 1990, she read volumes of books, completed word finds, did a variety of handiwork and traveled. Myrt made baptismal towels for the First Lutheran Church for many years on which were hardanger crosses. She spent many years stuffing envelopes with the Mid Rivers crew and looked forward to it each month. Up until the end, you could still see her at many community events and watching brandings.
Myrt’s three grandchildren, Josh, Cameron and Mandy were the light of her life. Zib and she followed and supported them throughout their school years and into their adulthood. (“They could do no wrong!”).
Myrt was fondly referred to as “Grandma Myrt” (even if she wasn’t their grandma!). She was known to always have jellybeans in her pockets for her great grandkids and for her famous buttermilk pancakes, which they loved! She was very proud of her great-grand children, James, Nicole, Emma, Tate, Gunner, Mallory, Leah, and Evan. They were her pride and joy and thoroughly enjoyed being around them and watching them grow.
Myrt was very proud of her Norwegian heritage (favorite saying- Uff-Da) and showed her determination by refusing any help and still mowing her lawn and shoveling snow at 91. She was thankful for her life and all of her friends. She will be missed but will be in our hearts and memories forever.
Myrt is survived by Bim and Helen (daughter) Murphy; Sonja (daughter-in-law) Meissner; Josh (grandson) and Amanda Murphy, great-grandchildren –James, Nicole, Emma; Cameron (grandson) and Karly Meissner, great-grandchildren- Tate, Gunner, Mallory; Paul and Mandy St. Aubyn (granddaughter), great-grandchilren -Leah and Evan and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Myrt was preceded in death by (parents) Magnus and Hilda (Fredrickson) Knutson; (husband) Harold (Zib) Meissner; (son) Wesley Meissner; (sister) Nellie Voorhies; (brother) Charlie Knutson; (brother-in-law) Bill Meissner; (brother-in-law) Lantford Meissner; (brother-in-law) David Meissner
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Circle. Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery in Circle. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Myrt would like donations to VFW National Home for Children at 3573 S Waverly Rd, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827.