By Schinderle Funeral Home
Norma Marjorie Schmiling Mueller
Born in Algoma, WI on Feb. 26, 1922 to Carl and Alma (nee Ruenke) Schmiling
She graduated from Algoma High School in 1938 and completed high school in 3 years. Her brother Mike made a bet with her about graduating in 3 instead of 4 years and she was determined to show that she could do it. The internal strength and persistence to accomplish goals stuck with her.
She worked at Red Owl, Algoma Net, Plumber’s Woodwork and Kaukauna Cheese. Besides her favorite roles of wife, mother, grandma and cook and seamstress extraordinare, she enjoyed her job at St. Paul’s Lutheran School as a teacher’s aide and was thrilled to know that her grandson was following in her footsteps to become a teacher.
She married Harold “Pete” Mueller on April 15th, 1939. They lived in Algoma for most of their lives with a few years in Kaukauna, WI. He preceded her in death on April 15th, 1976.
She is survived by her children, Larry (Kathleen) Mueller and Mary Bea (Steve) Curtin and their families, Christopher (Motria) Caudill and their daughters Tess and Vika and Jackson, Cathleen and Emma-Grace Curtin and a sister-in-law, Frances Schmiling along with many nieces and nephews.
Along with Pete, she was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws, Edwin and Emma Mueller and siblings and siblings in law: Beattie (Rob) Schley, LeRoy (Loretta) Schmiling, Minette (Vic) Kolstad, Via (Hank) Jacobs, Elbert (Olive) Schmiling, Mae (Erv) Krueger, Dorothy (Lester) Wolske, Gordon “Mike” Schmiling, Alma Lou Schmiling, Paul (Catherine) Mueller, Alfred “Bing” (Mag) Mueller, Fred (Lauretta) Mueller, Eleanor (Earl) Sibilsky, Leone Mueller, Carl (Lorinda) Mueller, Alvina Mueller and Lois Rogers.
She loved spending time with her family and friends and had many happy memories of picnics, holidays, birthdays and card parties. One of her favorite hobbies was sewing blankets with her sister Dorothy and she often sewed matching outfits for family members including dolls. She also enjoyed cross stitching, needlepoint and cooking with her sisters and sister in laws especially lefsa, streudel and cherry soup. No one left any of our family meals hungry and you often left with food to take home. She earned the nickname of Grandma Cookie bestowed up her by her grandchildren and extended Curtin family and friends.
She was a storyteller and loved books and reading to her grandchildren. She would quiz them on nursery rhymes and the names of their fingers in Norwegian which she learned from her brother-in-law Vic. She could be seen for many years walking around Algoma in the morning with her good friends Millie Rabas and Verna Kratz.
She was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and had a strong faith that got her through the ups and downs in our earthly lives. She believed in the value of an education, loyalty, hard work and above all being kind to everyone. She believed in the goodness of people.
Friends may call at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Algoma from 9 AM, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 until the time of services at 11 AM with Rev. Joel McKenney officiating. Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery, Algoma.
Our heartfelt thanks to all who cared for, visited, called and wrote to Mom. She treasured having you in her life. We appreciate the care provided to her by the caring staffs at Algoma Long Term Care, Bay Road Assisted Living, the ER Team at Bellin Health and Schinderle Funeral Home.
In her high school yearbook, her teachers wrote this about her “Stay as Sweet as You Are”. All who `know her would say this was true for her entire life. She was much loved and will be missed.
The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, assisted the family with arrangements.
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