Myrtle Gelle, age 91 of North Branch (formerly Grasston) passed away on Jan. 12 at Ecumen Care Center.
Myrtle was born on July 28, 1928, to her parents Fred and Gertrude Bauermeister on their farm near Corcoran, Minnesota. As the third of nine children, she was no stranger to hard work. She married her husband Cecil Gelle on June 26, 1948. All their working years were spent farming, except for five when they tried “city living.” During that time Myrtle worked for Fanny Farmer Candy Company, drove tractor for three summers at Sanford Potato Farm near Osseo, was a daycare provider, a cleaning lady, and made draperies professionally. Leaving the suburbs in 1963, they purchased their family farm west of Lake Pokegama. In addition to all her household chores, Myrtle assisted her husband in all aspects of farming. She milked cows, raised chickens, tended her garden and drove tractor. When her youngest started school, she provided cleaning services for businesses and private homes in the Mora area.
Failing health forced Myrtle and Cecil to leave their farm and move to Ecumen Care Center in 2015.
Myrtle is survived by daughters: Karen Rolf (Tim) and Debra Krieger (Jim); grandchildren: Jessica (Robert), Matthew (Jackie), Adam (Bridget), Jennifer, and Scott; great-grandchildren: Mia, Taylor, Ellen, and Charlotte; sister Judith Marschel (Loren); and many other friends and relatives.
Services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, Pine City on Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour before the service. Reverend Glen Kleppe officiating.