Myrna Elaine Mumme, 78, of Waterville, formerly of St. James, died on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Mayo Health Systems-Mankato. Funeral services for Myrna, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, rural St. James, with Rev. Matthew Rusert officiating. Interment will take place in the St. John Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday from 4-7 p.m. at the Zaharia Family Funeral & Cremation Service of Truman and on Tuesday at the church for one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. www.zahariafamilyfuneral.com
Myrna was born on December 28, 1934, in rural Wilton Junction, Iowa to Gerhardt and Eleonore (Staehr) Beer. She was reborn a child of God in the water of Holy Baptism on January 20, 1935 at Zion Lutheran Church in Wilton Junction. She was confirmed in the Christian Faith on March 21, 1948 at Zion Lutheran Church in Wilton Junction. She received her high school diploma at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato in 1952. Myrna worked as a legal secretary in Davenport, Iowa and in Denver, Colo. Myrna was united in Holy Matrimony to Edgar Mumme on August 11, 1963 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bennett, Iowa. They made their home in rural St. James. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in South Branch, where she had served as church secretary. Myrna enjoyed sewing, quilting, scrapbooking and family history.
She is survived by her husband Edgar; daughter, Mary (Sam) Erdman of Eagan; four sons, Mark (Beth) Mumme of Hardwick, Paul (Lori) Mumme of Plainfield, Ill., David (Glenda) Mumme and Matthew (Michele) Mumme, both of Waterville; 20 grandchildren; brother, Marvin (Jean) Beer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two sisters, Donna (Lowell) Kitzmann of Bangor, Wisc. and Barb (Allen) Webb of Eau Claire, Wisc.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Daryl Beer of Pekin, Illinois.