The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

by Susan Galbraith, The Quill

Meet Your Neighbor Laura Muller of Stronghurst, employed part-time at Small World Children's Center in Stronghurst.

Laura has done day care and Pre-K for over 20 years, taught school for 4th and 6th grade 3 years and is a substitute teacher.

She was born in Pipestone, Minnesota and raised near Chandler, Minnesota on a farm.

In 1966 she graduated from Southwestern Christian High School and continued her education at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa earning a BS in elementary education. She took graduate courses at the University of Minnesota in Rochester and early childhood education classes at Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Her husband, Terry, of 42 years is the pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church and Raritan Reformed Church.

They have been in the area a little over a year.

Her parents, both retired, are Henry and Ruby Kreun of Chandler, Minnesota.

Laura has 7 siblings, Esther (Robert) Graham who live at Elyria, Ohio, Anna (Don) Godeke who live in Hollandale, Minnesota, Phyllis (Jim-deceased) VanEs who lives in Grinnell, Iowa but is currently care giver for their mother and father, Karen (Chuck) Dorner who live in Sobieski, Wisconsin, Daniel who lives in Marshall, Minnesota, Samuel (Debbie) who live in Russellville, Arkansas and Deborah (Leon) Callahan who live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

They have two children, Laurita (Corey) Anderson of Peyton, Colorado. Laurita is a nurse and Corey is presently earning his bachelors degree. Micah (Stacey) live in Papillion, Nebraska where Micah is an IT specialist and Stacey is a college student.

She and Terry have 4 grandchildren, Sean (19), Kylie (12), Danielle (13), and Jacob (8).

Church activities include BLCA Women's group and part-time assistant at Raritan, teaching childrens Sunday school and adult Sunday school.

Her hobbies are all kinds of crafting. She has made 4 quilts, sews with the Lutheran Laf-a-Lot group and enjoys reading. Their Laf-a-Lot group makes quilts for mission projects. Being a pastor's wife keeps her very busy.

She remembers vacationing, when their kids were small, they went to the Black Hills in South Dakota and on one trip she and Terry traveled through Nebraska and visited many historical sites on their way to the Black Hills.

On their 30th wedding anniversary they took a special trip to Niagara Falls, New York.

When asked what she enjoys about a pastors wife she replied, "There are a variety of activities to be involved in, socializing, getting acquainted with people, being part of the congregation and just accepted as a person."

When she was younger she was a 10 year member of 4-H and was chosen to the 4-H Club Congress in Chicago in 1965.

She also loves cooking, canning, freezing and gardening.

Laura said, "Growing up on a farm we had a big garden where we did a lot of freezing, canning and we also had chickens. Many wonderful memories."

They enjoy riding their Honda Gold Wing touring bike which they have had for 4 years.

They are members of the Christian Motorcycle Association, a riding group that meets once a month and rides together plus they take their bike and travel around the countryside enjoying the Midwest.