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September 6, 1912 – Friday, November 13, 2009

Service Information
St Michael Catholic Church in St Michael
Wednesday, the 18th

Visitation Information

Muriel Behncke, age 97, of St. Michael, died Friday, November 13, 2009 at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

A direct descendent of Pierre Bottineau, Muriel was born on September 6, 1912 and returned to the loving embrace of her Father on November 13, 2009. She was preceded in death by her mother, Adeline (nee Bauers) Gosslin and father, Louis Gosslin, first husband, Earl Stockton, and beloved husband of 60 years, Lester Behncke. She is survived by daughter, Rosemarie and her husband, Ronald Smart; grandchildren, Marie Treichel (Mark), David Smart (Jill), James Smart (Megan Kelly), Richard Smart (Jennifer), Susan Ross (Andrew Peters), Robert Smart (Dana), Margret Ladwig (Bruce), and Kathleen Arfman (Andrew); and 17 great grandchildren.

A graduate of Osseo High School, Muriel studied Nursing for three years at St Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis. She worked there in the Labor and Delivery ward and also worked for several doctor’s offices through the years, retiring in the early 1970’s. She was a member of St Michael Catholic Church and loved to bake.

Muriel has been a resident of Park View Care Center since August of 2006. A special thanks all of the staff on Heritage Square, who have provided Muriel with such loving care for the past three years and to the nursing staff of Allina Hospice specifically Kelly, Marne, Tammy, Leah, Rex and the volunteers who have been so supportive to Muriel and our family. These care givers are true angels.

In lieu of flowers, please provide offerings of donations to the Scleroderma Foundation or to Allina Hospice.

Mass of Christian Burial is 11 AM Wednesday, the 18th at St Michael Catholic Church in St Michael. Visitation is 4-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the Peterson Chapel in St. Michael with prayers at 7:00 p.m. Interment is St. Vincent DePaul Cemetery, Osseo 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Allen Webskowski

    Our sympathy to Rosie & Ron and their 8 beautiful children. Mom – Grandma was willing to carry her cross and accept the suffering – always with her contagious smile. May God welcome her into His Kingdom as soon as she is totally cleansed. He will definitely have a loving, caring helper forever. She will be missed by all those she touched in her own special way. Our family has many great memories.

  2. Richard, Jennifer, and Lucas Smart

    Grandma, you have fought so long and so hard. Be at peace with Grandpa. We will miss you but we will always love you.

  3. Margi Wirth-Johnson

    Dear Rosemarie, Ron, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Muriel: My condolences to you on the death of your mom, grandmother and great-grandmother, Muriel. May she rest in peace.

    Sincerely, Margi Wirth-Johnson (Marcella Gosslin Wirth’s daughter)

  4. James and Manuela Michaels

    Manuela and I wish to offer our sincere condolences for the recent passing of your beloved family member. May God bless Muriel and your entire family.

    James and Manuela Michaels


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