Muriel M. Grimm Alger, 91


Muriel Mary Eickman Grimm Alger, age 91, of Missouri Valley, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at Azria Health Longview in Missouri Valley. Muriel was born Oct. 3, 1930, in Carroll, to Frank and Anna Eickman. Muriel graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Templeton in 1948, and later attended classes at Iowa Western Community college in Council Bluffs. Muriel married Willis (Bill) Grimm in 1951 and to this union five children were born: Jeff, Sally, Kathy, Amy, and Chad. After Bill’s death, Muriel married Michael (Mike) Alger in 2004. Muriel loved reading and sharing her love of books as she worked as librarian at both the Elementary Public School and Missouri Valley Public Library during her professional career. After retirement, she worked various part time jobs and even started her own soap business, Willow Wind. Muriel loved nature and being outdoors, she especially enjoyed hiking and biking, riding in RAGBRAI several times. She also enjoyed exercising, gardening, needlework, traveling, and being with friends, but her greatest joy was spending time with family.

Muriel is survived by her children, Jeff (Peggy) Grimm, Sally (Greg) Christiansen, Kathy Grimm, Amy (Duane) Dougherty, and Chad Grimm; grandchildren, Justin (Tobi) Isbell, Corrie (Brendan) Ryan, Kali (Brandon) Davis, Paul Dougherty, Mary Claire Dougherty, Gibson Grimm, and Carson Grimm; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Maurice Eickman; sisters, Jane (Michael) Catalani, Myra Johnson and husband Jim Leitner; numerous nieces and nephews; plus numerous relatives and friends.

Muriel was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Anna (Bellinghausen) Eickman; brother, Floyd Eickman; sister -in law, Dorothy Eickman; husbands, Willis (Bill) Grimm, Michael (Mike) Alger, and special friend Duaine Vittitoe.

Visitation was Sunday with a wake service at Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Missouri Valley.  The celebrant was Father Raphael Masabakhwa and Elizabeth Dillinger was the vocalist. The music selections were “Amazing Grace”, “Ave Maria”, and “In The Garden”. The honorary pall bearers were Barb Kirlin, Barb Paul, Gaye White, Kathy Winther, Sharon Moorman, and Deb Brookhauser. The final resting place is Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Missouri Valley, at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to St. Patrick’s Church in Missouri Valley, Iowa to benefit the landscaping of the Rosary Garden Project.

Arrangements by Hennessey Funeral Home.