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Magdalen A. Miller, 91, of Silver Lake

Magdalen Antoinette (Ardolf) Miller, 91, of Silver Lake, died peacefully, surrounded by her nieces and nephews, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at Cedar Crest in Silver Lake.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Jan. 26, at The Church of the Holy Family in Silver Lake with the Revs. Paul Schumacher, Tony Stubeda and Paul Ardolf officiating. Alice Nowak was the organist with the The Holy Family choir leading the songs, which included “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Amazing Grace,” “Be Not Afraid” and “Here I Am, Lord.” Gift bearers were Karen Kranz, Julie Mallak and Ann Boyer.
Pallbearers were Scott Ardolf, Bruce Ardolf, Donald Humlicek, Jeff Mallak, Seth Schuette and Ron Pulkrabek. Interment followed the Mass at Holy Family Cemetery in Silver Lake.
Magdalen “Mag” (Ardolf) Miller was born Oct. 21, 1923, on her parents’ farm, the daughter of Albert Sr. and Josephine (Posusta) Ardolf. She attended District 51 country school, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, graduated from Silver Lake High School and, after a year of teachers training school, at the age of 18, started teaching in several different country schools. She taught in Lester Prairie for one year, Hutchinson for five years and in Eden Prairie for 29 years.
Her education included attending St. Cloud State during the summers and evenings to obtain an associate degree in education in 1949 and a bachelor of science degree in 1954. She earned her master of arts degree at the University of Minnesota in 1958 and a library science degree and an audio visual degree from Augsburg College in 1972. She retired in 1985.
During her country school teaching, some of her 20 students from first through eighth grades were only a year younger than her, and some were taller than she was. She was required to start the fire, have clean drinking water, sweep the floors, act as a nurse, supervise recess, 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.
On Aug. 11, 1979, she and Marvin Miller were married at The 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. Mr. Miller died Dec. 31, 2000, after only 20 years of happy marriage.
Mrs. Miller 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.
She loved the special attention all the Cedar Crest staff gave her. They were all so very caring, concerned and friendly. During her time at Cedar Crest, she 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 of humor.
Mrs. Miller’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 and watching her little nieces and nephews play. She always encouraged her young relation to further their education.
She is survived by her brother, Albert Ardolf Jr. and sister-in-law, Mary Jo Ardolf; nieces, Eileen (Urban) (Ron) Pulkrabek, Marilyn (Urban) (Bob) Schuette, Jean (Ardolf) (Ron), 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- and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Sr. and Josephine Ardolf; her husband, Marvin Miller; a sister, Helen (Merrill) Annis; a brother, Francis (Evelyn) Ardolf; a sister, Myrtle (Rudolph) Urban, and a sister, Alice (George) Humlicek.
Arrangements were with The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake. Online condolences may be made at www.mareshfuneralhome.com.