Merle grew up on a farm outside of Appleton and Jeanene grew up on a farm outside of Minneota. They both moved to the Twin Cities area for work after graduation. Merle was the President of Triarco Arts and Crafts, a catalog company that supplied art products to schools, with another catalog called Benton Kirby that sold items to hospital and nursing home gift shops, and a third catalog called GTA that sold trinkets to dentists offices and schools for give aways and prizes. He retired after working for the company for 41 years.
Jeanene started her career as an elementary teacher and then changed careers to work in a law firm. She went back to school to get her paralegal certification from the University of Minnesota and later her Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. Her career of over thirty-five years was as a paralegal and law firm administrator.
The Munstermans are happy to call Madison their home and are grateful for all the advantages that come with it. For them, it is walking into a store and always knowing someone, not going far to find a place to hunt or fish, no traffic jams, the warm and welcoming people, the great restaurants, the friendly businesses, and simply just the peacefulness that is western Minnesota.