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Meryle B. Roalstad, 86, of Miller died Tuesday, July 2, 1985, at the Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller, following surgery.

Meryle B. Biddle was born September 17, 1898 to Mr. and Mrs. Henry (Catherine Goyke) Biddle in Miller.  She attended grade school and high school in Miller.  She was the last remaining member of her class of 1916.  Following graduation she taught school in Hand County.

She was united in marriage to Joseph Roalstad March 21, 1918, at Huron.  They resided on a farm in Midland Township all of her married life, except from 1958-60 when they owned and operated a motel in Wagner. 

After he husband's death in 1960, she returned to Miller and purchased the former Prince's Motel and operated it until 1978 when she sold it to the city of Miller.  It was torn down and replaced by the Plaza Apartments where she later made her home. 

She entered Prairie Good Samaritan Center last October and resided there until her death.

She was a life-long member of the Methodist Church and member of the Methodist
Women's Guild.  In her earlier years she had belonged to an extension club in Midland
Township.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs Victor (Doris) Macheel, Ledgerwood, North Dakota, Mrs. James (Aileen) Gerdes, Miller and Mrs. Gordon (Joyce) Curren, Sisseton;  14 grandchildren;  23 great-grandchildren and one sister, Margaret Biddle, Sacramento,
California.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, one son, Dale, her parents, and five brothers, Clifford, James, Raymond, Delmar and Virgil.

The funeral was Friday, July 5, at the First United Methodist Church, Miller, with Rev. Joel
Harris officiating.  Burial was in the GAR Cemetery, Miller.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Roger Gerdes, Miller, Joe Macheel, Wahpeton, North
Dakota, David Macheel, Fairfield, California, Larry Blaseg, Ree Heights, Stephen Curren, Wazata, Minnesota, Patrick Curren, Sioux Falls, Jeffrey Curren, Omaha, Nebraska and Donald Roalstad, Anoka, Minnesota.  One grandson, Phillip Roalstad, Duluth, Minnesota was unable to attend.
 
 
Meryle B. Biddle Roalstad 
1898-1985
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