Virginia E. Mueller, 82, of Lake Wales, Fla., formerly of St. Charles, passed away at her daughterâ€™s home in Paw Paw, Mich., Wednesday morning, July 1, 2009.
She was born June 14, 1927 in Lemont, Ill., the daughter of Frank and Gladys Klotz.
Virginia grew up in Frankfort, Ill., the daughter of a farmer and carpenter. She attended local schools and, in time, began working locally.
She was united in marriage to Clarence Mueller on Dec. 8, 1946, and together, they began a lifetime of sharing the toils and triumphs of dairy farming. They settled south of Wasco in 1953, working the soil, tending to the cows, raising their family until 1978 when a change in the wind sent them packing to Florida. There, they ran a vacation/fishing resort until their retirement in 1990.
She was a faithful member of Lake Wales Lutheran Church, Lake Wales.
Virginia was gifted with her hands and crocheted and sewed intricate table cloths and doilies that will be handed down for generations. She also was a dairy and home economics 4-H leader. In short, there was nothing that she couldnâ€™t do. She could get anything to grow and also laid a claim to the biggest strawberry patch and canned more than 800 quarts of fruit every year. When company came, she was the first to offer a bite to eat and in no time flat would lay out a spread fit for a king. The â€œbest mom ever,â€ Virginia not only left her unique footprints for generations to follow, she left a loving and indelible impression in the hearts of her family.
She now leaves five children; Larry Mueller of Adams, Wis., Ronald (Sylvia) Mueller of Garden Prairie, Ill., Susan (Kevin) Lockhart of Paw Paw, Mich., Bonnie (Joe) White of Elburn, and Nancy (Greg) Huggins of Sugar Grove; 13 grandchildren: James Mueller, Heather Mueller and her children Skyanne, Nevada and Ashley, Brent Mueller, Brian (Crystal) Mueller and their sons Cole and Bryce, Scott (Sarah) Mueller, Amy Lockhart, Kelly Lockhart, Aaron (Debra) White and their children, Aidan and Ethan, Jason (Kelly) White and their children Kathleen and Nicholas, Jennifer (Adam) Samuelson, Ryan White, Dustin (Nicole) Huggins, Jacob Huggins; three brothers; two sisters; many nieces and nephews and a lifetime of good friends.
She now joins her parents, Frank and Gladys Klotz, birth father Allen Morris, husband Clarence and one daughter Sandra Mueller.
Visitation was Friday, July 3 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed visitation. Interment was at Whitney Cemetery, Wasco, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit hospice, Lake Wales Lutheran Church and other charities. Checks may be made to the â€œVirginia Mueller Memorialâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.