Nela Jean 'Dolly' Mueller, 81

Nela Jean “Dolly” Mueller of Grafton and Cedarburg,  died peacefully on Friday, June 19, 2009, at the age of 81.
Dolly was born in Ramona, S.D., on Jan. 26, 1928, the daughter of Verge and Anna (nee Menzel) Keehn. On Nov. 25, 1950, Dolly was united in marriage to Harold “Teno” Mueller.  They had 58 wonderful years together.
As a young girl, she received her first pony from her father and never looked back. Her love for horses and all animals was evident through her entire life. She taught her three children how to ride and care for the horses, along with the many other children in 4-H where she was a Horse and Pony Project leader for many years. Dolly was one of the Founders of the Ozaukee County 4-H Saddle Club and was a cornerstone in the building of the original horse barn, riding ring, announcer’s booth and concession stand.  On Nov. 17, 1984,  the flag pole by the horse barn was put up in honor of Dolly and Teno Mueller.

She also enjoyed making clothing for all occasions, especially riding outfits for her children and many other kids. Dolly enjoyed many sports in her early years, mainly golfing after the horses were gone, and being the life of the party whereever there was one.

Dolly is survived by her husband, Harold “Teno” Mueller of Grafton; children,  Christie Mueller of Greenville, S.C.;  Scott (Mary) Mueller of Cedarburg and Mike (Lisa) Mueller of Cedarburg; grandchildren,  Angela, Ashley and Tyler Mueller;  brother, Doug (Coralee) Keehn of Merritt Island, Fla.; and brother-in-law, Warren (Marjorie) Mueller of Valparaiso, Ind. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Dolly was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Bud and Eugene; and four sisters, Fern, Thelma, June and Betty.

A funeral service will be held today, June 23, 2009 at 11 a.m.  at First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cedarburg.  Visitation was held at Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg on Monday, June 22 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Burial will follow the service today at Immanuel Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, memorials to First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cure PSP (The Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) or charity of your choice are appreciated.

Our family would like to give special thanks to Ellen’s Home of Port Washington and Season’s Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion.
Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is serving the family. Online condolences may be sent by visiting