Mr. Mueller was a former teacher at Smithton Community School District #130, Smithton, IL. He attended St. Henry’s Prep Seminary in Belleville, IL, St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, IL, and received his Masters in Education degree from S.I.U. Edwardsville, IL. Joe enjoyed woodworking, especially creating doll houses and toy cars. He was a life member of the St. Clair County Historical Society, and volunteered at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. He was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Shiloh, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd C. and Irene Marie, nee Haas, Mueller.
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Mary Ellen, nee Williams, Mueller, whom he married on August 7, 1970;
two daughters, Julie Marie (Matt) Nickols of Garland, TX,
and Dr. Margaret Mary Mueller of University City, MO;
three grandchildren, William, Molly, and Amy Nickols;
four brothers, Robert P. (Dorothy) Mueller of Belleville, IL,
Thomas E. Mueller of Riverview, FL,
James H. (JoAnn) Mueller of Belleville, IL,
and John I. Mueller of Belleville, IL;
one sister, Mary B. (Larry) Waite of Belleville, IL;
and nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Catholic Urban Programs, or to the organization of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Shiloh, IL, with Fr. James Margason officiating. Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.
Please accept my sympathies. As a fellow St. Henry’s alum, I learned of his passing, and I know his life of service will be truly rewarded.
Kenneth Berkel, Rubicon, WI, 53078
I met Joe Mueller in the summer of 1961. He was a thoughtful and caring human being who in his own quiet way made the world a better place.
Terry Ganey, Columbia, Missouri, 65203
My deepest sympathy to all of Joe’s family. Joe was a good friend of our family, especially Stanley. Joe and I had a great conversation a few months ago when Stan passed away. He reminisced about his kindergarten days with Stan–they had known each other that long! Talking with Joe brought back a flood of good memories of the days our two families spent time together. I am so glad he and I had that talk together.Joe was the best–a man for all seasons, a man with a big heart. Surely he touched many lives in a positive way. I am sorry I could not attend the services for Joe. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts. You are “family.”
cheryl roth hasenstab, St.Louis, Mo, 63139
Met Joe when I worked at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. He was always a gentleman and ready to help. My sympathies to Mary and family. Joe will be missed by many.
Freda Zimmerman, Belleville , IL, 62221