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Muriel Ringerud

Muriel Jean Ringerud passed away on March 8, 2023, at the age of 91, at CHI St. Alexius Health, in Carrington, North Dakota. She was born July 26, 1931, on the family farm in Greenfield Township, Traill County, North Dakota, to Oscar and Ella Kjorness.

Muriel was honored and most fulfilled in her roles as a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a gifted pianist, piano teacher, music teacher and choir accompanist. 

She grew up a farm girl in Greenfield Township in Traill County, driving vehicles on the farm at age 12.  Muriel attended Mayville High School where she was very active in school activities, including playing trumpet in band, singing in choir, writing for the school newspaper, a member of the tumbling team and FHA, and valedictorian of her class. 

Muriel earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in May of 1953 from Mayville State Teachers College. Her Majors included Commerce and Vocal Music, with a Minor in Social Science.

Muriel met Olaf J. Ringerud while both were attending Mayville State. And as they say, “the rest is history.” 

The couple was married July 17, 1953, while Olaf was home on leave from his army service. Muriel taught school one year at Starkweather, ND. A year later after Olaf completed his military service, they moved to Anamoose, ND, for 2 years. From there, they lived and worked in Westhope, ND for 3 years. In 1959, the family moved to Carrington where both Muriel and Olaf were involved in music education.

Family was extremely important to Muriel. Together, Muriel and Olaf raised five children (Ona, Jenny, Mark, Peter and John).

Muriel was active in the local Trinity Lutheran Church where she was pianist for the Senior Choir which Olaf directed. Muriel taught piano lessons out of her home for over 20 years and to hundreds of students. She taught music in the elementary and junior high schools for a couple years and was a substitute music teacher for many years. She was a piano accompanist for many students for their high school music contests and for many of the high school musicals. 

She and Olaf enjoyed traveling, as well as game nights and endless hours of Whist. Spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were among her greatest joys.

She supported her children in their many endeavors. She was always the rock behind their successes, dreams and challenges. Her wit, intelligence and open-mindedness set an example for us all.

Muriel is survived by her five children, Ona Stoertz of Gross Lengden, Germany; Jenny (Todd) Grill of Plymouth, MN; Mark (Sarah) Ringerud of Columbia, MD; Peter (David Hill) Ringerud of Fargo, ND; and John Ringerud of Carrington, ND. Grandchildren, Jessica (Kristofer) Stoertz-Larsen, Daniel (Erin) Stoertz, Kyle (Melissa) Grill, Kelly Grill, Connor (Erin) Grill, Tanner (Jaime) Greenring, Ava (Eric) Roberson, and Alex Ringerud. And great-grandchildren Esmeralda and Elia Grill, Layla Grill, Linnea Stoertz-Larsen, Miles Greenring and one on the way.

Muriel was preceded in death by her husband, Olaf; her parents, Oscar and Ella Kjorness; brothers Amos and Maynard Kjorness; sister Beatrice Green; and son-in-law David Stoertz.


Muriel’s Visitation will be March 23rd, from 1:00PM to 7:00PM with family present from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

Her Funeral Service will be held March 24, 2023 at 10:30AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington.

Her Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Our sympathy and prayers to the Ringerud family. What a life well lived. Muriel was always at Olaf’s side, always at the piano to accompany the church choir, sharing her gift with us.

  2. Our sympathy and prayers to Muriel’s family. She was a perfect role model of how to love and live life. She will be missed, but welcomed with Joy in Heaven. Reflect on the memories and her wisdom with peace in your heart.

  3. Olaf, and then John, tuned the pianos at our home and St.Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wimbledon for many years. We knew they would be “ on key” when they were finished. We have many great memories of Olaf’s visits and Muriel answering the phone to take our messages. Thank you for your knowledge and expertise in music. We are sending our condolences and prayers for the Ringerud family.

  4. Ringerud Family,

    Your mother was such a kind & gracious lady. She always seemed so humble & very willingly shared her many musical talents. May she Rest in Peace.

  5. Muriel was a wonderful blessing to all who had the good fortune to know her. She will be dearly missed.

  6. Jenny and family, I was sad to hear of your mothers passing. She and your dad were a big part of my “musical schooling”. Both being the ones that were instrumental in me being the accomplished musician that I am today! Ha ha. They both tried but of course my heart just wasn’t in it. I do have fond memories of them both trying their hardest though. They were both very special people and will be together now making music together again. You are all in my thoughts!

  7. Dear Ringerud Family,

    What a lovely tribute to a wonderful lady. We were very blessed to spend some time with Muriel and Olaf, and your family. As you said, Muriel’s “wit, intelligence and open-mindedness set an example for us all.” We feel grateful to have known her, and to enjoy her open-heartedness, which she clearly passed on to her children. We are holding you all in our hearts and prayers. Catherine and George Wilson

  8. Muriel and Olaf were a matched set who gave so much to our community over the years. They truly made a difference in the world. My sincere condolences to the Ringerud family.


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