Myrtle Horihan, 93, of Mabel

Myrtle Horihan

Myrtle Horihan, 93, died on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, due to congestive heart failure, surrounded by her beloved children and grandchildren.

She was born to Oscar and Alice Jameson in Spring Grove on June 18, 1925.

She grew up in the Yucatan area.

She attended elementary school in Rooster Valley and graduated from Houston High School.

After obtaining her teaching degree at Winona State Teachers College, she taught at the Kelly Country School.

She married J. Francis Horihan on July 21, 1945, and they farmed on Irish Ridge north of Mabel.

Her faith and her family were the most important things in her life. She adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and lived for their visits over coffee and a cookie after church and for their large, noisy and fun family gatherings. She loved to cook for her large family and anyone else who happened by. There was a lot of laughter wherever she went. 

She was involved in many activities. She was a founding member of St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel, was the librarian in Mabel and loved getting her hands in the dirt. She was a farmer at heart and loved tending her flowers and gardens, watching the birds and squirrels and enjoying all of nature. 

She is survived by her children, Sharon Frankovich, Fred (Trudy) Horihan, Jim (Carrie) Horihan, Dale (Julie) Horihan and JoAnn (Randy) Whitney; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Fran; her sister, Helen and twin grandchildren, Nathan and Alice.  

A funeral mass for her was held on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel with the Rev. Stephen Abaukaka officiating.  Burial followed in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in rural Mabel.

The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting with arrangements.