Surrounded by her loving family, Marcella A. Mueller, 94, passed away Wednesday at her residence. Born in Somers, April 30, 1922, Mueller was the daughter of the late George and Louise (Nee: Robers) Thomas.

Marcella graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in 1940. She married the love of her life, Edwin G. “Red” Mueller on June 1, 1946 at St. George Catholic Church in Kenosha. She was an active longtime member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church.  Very competitive at playing Scrabble and Sheepshead, Marcella also enjoyed watercolor painting. She was an avid sports fan and was thrilled when the Cubs won the World Series.

Marcella will also be fondly remembered for her hand painted Christmas cookies, apple pie and creatively decorated cards. Most of all, Marcella lived for her family. She was always bursting with news about her children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews. Hardly a birthday or other special occasion went by without a card, gift, or phone call from Marcella and Red.

Every Christmas the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren all received stockings, and Easter meant hidden baskets for all the kids. Marcella and Red’s refrigerator was plastered with photos of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of Marcella’s favorite times was the regular breakfasts she and Red hosted in their cozy kitchen for her siblings and in-laws and assorted other relatives and friends – the farm table was loaded with coffee, juice and baked goodies and the room rang with laughter and family gossip.

She will be dearly missed by her loving husband of 70 years, Red; her eleven children, Tom Mueller, Mike (Vernay) Mueller, Mary (Mark) Reinhart, Ellen (Emil) Pfenninger, Bill (Audrey) Mueller, Mark (Barbara) Mueller, Jane Powell, Steve Mueller, Tim (Sally) Mueller, Donna (Ben) Wilson, Beth (John) Schumacher.

She will also be missed by 33 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Joe (Bette) Thomas, Jean Murphy, Ralph Thomas, Leo (Judy) Thomas, Rita (Dick) Christensen, Kathy (Joe) DeCono; sister-in-law, Josie Karls; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Bonny Mueller; infant brother George Jr.; sisters and brothers, Mildred Penza, Binnie Thomas, Charlie Thomas, Marie Hanrath, Alice Yacukowicz, Jerry Thomas, and Ann McDonough and numerous in-laws and other relatives.

Funeral Details For Marcella Mueller

With Rev. Javier Guativa officiating, a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.  Saturday, January 21 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 3100 95th Street, Sturtevant. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 4 to 7 p.m.  Friday  and from 9:30 a.m. until time of mass at 11 a.m.  at St. Sebastian Catholic Church. Private interment will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Memorials to St. Sebastian Catholic Church or to Aurora at Home Hospice have been suggested.

A special thank you to the staff from Aurora at Home Hospice, especially Jill and Brianna for their loving and compassionate care.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.