Mildred M. Meirhofer, 92, of Grandview, Wis. passed away Monday, March 12, 2012 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born April 25, 1919 in Duluth, Minn., the daughter of Ernest and Anna Marie (Tedlund) Lofblad.
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Mildred married Harold Meirhofer on Oct. 7, 1941 in Washburn, Wis. They had four children, Gary, Carol, Earl, and Carla, and in 1957 the family moved from Grandview to Manhattan, Mont. where they worked and lived until 1990.
Mom's greatest wish was to be able to someday return to Grandview, which was home to her, and in 1990 Mom and Dad returned to Grandview. Mom lost Dad in September 1991 but was comforted by the love and companionship of her four sisters being close by: Anna, Dorothy, Honey and Katherine.
Mom's great faith in God carried her through many hard times in life and she never faltered in her belief. She is survived by three children, Carol Meirhofer of Phoenix, Ariz., Earl Meirhofer of Grandview, Wis., Carla (Greg) VanAntwerp of Manhattan, Mont., six grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, three sisters, Virginia Yankee of Ashland, Wis., Katherine Lofblad of Ashland, Wis., Anna Gunderson of Cable, Wis., and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harold on Sept. 8, 1991; a son, Gary Meirhofer; a sister, Dorothy Gunderson; and a brother, Hjalmer Lofblad.
Your mother is always with you ... She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street. She's the smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks. She's the cool hand on your brow when you're not well. Your mother lives inside your laughter. She's crystallized in every tear drop ... She's the place you came from, your first home ... She's the map you follow with every step that you take. She's your first love and your first heart break ... and nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space ... not even death ... will ever separate you from your mother ... You carry her inside you. – Sherry Martin
We love you mom and will miss you always. Your loving daughters, Carol and Carla.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 15, 2012