Shirley E. Mueller, nee Gruenewald, 85, of Columbia, IL, died November 5, 2018, in Waterloo, IL. She was born March 16, 1933, in Millstadt, IL.
She is survived by her 5 children Willis (Peggy) Mueller, Maureen Mueller, Glen (Gale) Mueller, Brian (Karen) Mueller, and Allen (Michelle) Mueller; 8 grandchildren Jennifer (Jamie) Pickens, Tara (Gary) Rea, Valerie (Jim) Ruland, Chad (Dawn) Mueller, Brad (Mary Jo) Mueller, Martin Mueller, Jacob Mueller, and Garrett Mueller; 13 great grandchildren Zachary Rea, Carson Rea, Kaylee Rea, Jared Pickens, Gavin Mueller, Alex Ruland, Henry Ruland, Kenley Mueller, Kyleigh Mueller, Kaitlyn Mueller, Emily Mueller, Haley Mueller, & Tyler Mueller; & sister Melba Schnellbecher.
Shirley is preceded in death by her husband Herbert L. Mueller Jr.; parents Walter & Mathilda (nee Stumpf) Gruenewald; sister Alice (Frank) Harfmann; brother Lester (Ruth) Gruenewald, sister-in-law Helen (Alvin) Rey; & brother-in-law Walter Schnellbecher.
She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ - Columbia, IL, member of St. Paul UCC Handbells, St. Paul UCC Orchestra, St. Paul UCC choir, Monroe County Home Extension, & Monroe County Farm Bureau. She was an avid pinochle player and member of card club. Shirley enjoyed gardening, cooking, flowers, family, farming, animals, & her faithful dog "Skippy". Her passion was playing the accordion and she started playing with her family band at the age of 10.
As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
St. Paul UCC - Columbia, IL
3 PM to 8 PM Friday, November 9, 2018 at Quernheim Funeral Home
10 AM until time of service Saturday St. Paul United Church of Christ - Columbia, IL
11 AM Saturday, November 10, 2018 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, IL
Pastor Robert Goddard officiating
Interment at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia, IL