Lucille Marie (Munsch) Muchlinski was born on January 7, 1923, in Coon Creek Township, Lyon County, MN, to William and Julia (Wooley) Munsch and lived near Sioux City, IA, during early childhood. Lucille moved with her family to a farm near Lake Benton, MN, where she attended Lake Benton High School, graduating as Valedictorian of the Senior Class of 1940. When her family moved closer to Ivanhoe, MN, Lucille graduated from the Ivanhoe Minnesota Teacher Training Program in 1941. In the summer of 1942, she resided in Minneapolis and worked as a bookkeeper for an aircraft electronic plant. She moved back to the Ivanhoe area and worked for ten years teaching in Lincoln County rural schools.
On August 11, 1952, Lucille married Raymond L. Muchlinski at St. Peter and Paulâs Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. Ray and Lucille made their home in Redwood Falls, MN, for sixty-two years and had four children: Marsha, Gail, Linda and Robert. In 1967, Lucille returned to teaching; first in Clements, then at Redwood Falls Precious Blood School, and finally, for fourteen years at St. Michaelâs in Morgan, MN. She taught language arts and 5th grade homeroom. In 1975, She earned a BA in Education from Southwest State in Marshall. Lucille retired from teaching in 1985.
Lucille was a member of St. Catherineâs Parish in Redwood Falls, where she was actively involved in the Council of Catholic Women, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (serving in various Chapter Officer Positions,) and was the first female Eucharistic Minister and Lector for the Parish. Lucille participated in Quality Club, Study Club, Bridge Club and Girl Scouts (as a Troop Leader.) She baked pies from scratch every Saturday morning for her family for twenty years. She was an avid reader and loved to travel to religious and historic sites including trips to Europe, as well as throughout the U.S. and Canada.
By far, Lucilleâs greatest joy was her family. She enjoyed hosting the holidays for her children and grandchildren, from egg dying and egg hunts to zealously filling Christmas stockings and presents under the tree. She enjoyed babysitting, reading to and teaching her grandchildren, playing cards and dominoes and watching their sporting activities. She spent countless hours listening to and playing the piano and was a fantastic vocalist. For family and friends alike, Lucilleâs hospitality was a gift. The teapot and coffee pot were both âa mustâ at every gathering.
Lucille passed away peaceful surrounded by her daughters on Monday, October 15, 2018, at the Prairie Home Hospice House in Marshall. She is survived by her daughter Marsha (and Jim) Culhane, daughter Gail Wood, son Robert (and Mary) Muchlinski, beloved grandchildren Sean, Ryan and Kyle Culhane, Leah St. Ores, Rachael Wood (and Chris Pangle), Joseph and Martha Muchlinski, sister Eunice Kinsman, and several loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her parents William and Julia Munsch, husband Raymond Muchlinski, daughter Linda St. Ores, three sisters and two brothers.
Her love, warmth, hospitality, grace, smile, hugs and kisses will be greatly missed by all, yet we know her Irish eyes will be shining upon us.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Prairie Home Hospice of Marshall, MN.