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Myrtle Melin Slaikeu Cooper

January 14, 1922 August 12, 2010
Myrtle Melin Slaikeu Cooper
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Myrtle Melin Slaikeu Cooper, 88, resident of Comforts of Home in St. Croix Falls, WI died Thursday, August 12, 2010.

Myrtle was born January 14, 1922, the seventh of ten children to Gustaf and Anna Adelia Melin at the Melin farm in Laketown Township. She attended first through eighth grade at Alabama Elementary, graduating from eighth grade in 1936. She graduated from Luck High School in 1940. After high school she attended Minnesota School and Business earning a two-year degree in business. This school placed her with a firm of architects and engineers called McCenary Krafft where she was employed for 14 years.

In 1950 her sister, Irene and Myrtle were baptized at Trinity Baptist Church in South Minneapolis. Myrtle married Merle Slaikeu on June 23, 1960 and they made their home in South Minneapolis. Merle was transferred and they moved to LaCrosse, WI in 1962 and then moved to Osceola in 1963. They became foster parents to Alice (age 6) and Dale (age 8) Rasmussen in 1963. In 1967 Myrtle helped start a drivers ed class in Osceola. Employment in Osceola included Oakey and Oakey Abstract, Oakey and Oakey Attorney office and the Osceola Telephone Company.

Merle died on July 2, 1967. On May 2, 1973 Dale and Alice were killed in a car accident driving in sleet and snow on their way to the dentist.

Myrtle continued to live in Osceola until she married Tollie R. Cooper from Oklahoma on June 15, 1980. They were married on the farm she was born on by Atlas in Laketown Township. They moved to Oklahoma; Tollie died December 1, 1997. Myrtle moved back to Wisconsin in 2000 to her happy home and family.

She took joy in sharing and pretending putting on lipstick and makeup with her nieces. She also enjoyed life on the farm with her big family.

Myrtle was involed in the following organizations: Osceola Baptist Church and the Osceola Library, Osceola Womens Club, Polk County Health Board and the Polk County Cancer Board.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands; her parents; brothers and sisters, Eunice Asper, Ethel Anderson, Irene Anderson, Harold Melin and Wilbur Melin; and foster children, Dale and Alice Rasmussen.

She is survived by her brothers sisters, Alice Gustafson of Frederic, Rudy Melin and wife Virginia of Grantsburg, Mildred Lundgren and husband John of Cushing, Charles Melin and wife Dorothy of Grantsburg; many nieces and nephews; and caregivers, Deb Kunze and Karrie Melin Swenson.

Funeral services will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, WI on Saturday, August 14 – visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the service at 11 a.m. Rev. Dan Slaikeu will be officiating and music will be provided by a Barbershop Quartet. Burial will take place at Milltown Cemetery following this service. Pallbearers assisting will be Jack Lundgren, Rick Anderson, Scott Melin, David Melin, Steve Swenson and Doug Kunze.

Online condolences may be left on our website at . For additional information call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444.

Rowe Funeral Home of Luck has been entrusted with arrangements.


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