Joseph John Mueller Jr., 93
Sept. 24, 1922 — March 26, 2016
Joseph John Mueller Jr., 93, was welcomed into the arms of the Lord on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Joseph was born Sept. 24, 1922, the son of Rose (Staehler) Mueller and Joseph John Mueller Sr.
He married Arlene W. Hartmann on Aug. 30, 1947, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Nenno. She preceded him in death July 8, 1998.
He married Beatrice (Ullrich) Roth on June 29, 2002, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Hudson.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Beatrice; his three children, David J. (Mary) Mueller, Paulene M. “Polly” Mueller of Fond du Lac and Mark A. (Kim) Mueller of Campbellsport; his 13 grandchildren, Isaac (Kate) Mueller, Sarah (Craig) Loest, Samuel (Molly) Mueller, Jacob Mueller (special friend Amy), Karl Albert, Anne (Dan) Loehr, Josef (Dolsie) Albert, Aaron Marks (special friend Tayler), Leah (Jeremy) Bode, Rick (Casey) Mueller, Luke Mueller (special friend Arielle), Josh Mueller (fiancé Danielle) and Eli Mueller (special friend Emily); 17 great-grandchildren; eight stepdaughters and their spouses, Joan and Scott Bellis, Mary and Dennis Erickson, Jeanne and Tom Wulff, Sandy and Alan Immel, Patty and Tom Murphy, Joyce and Ralph Allen, Barb and Dennis Lichtensteiger, and Michelle Roth and Jacob Ribald; 28 step-grandchildren; and 48 step-great-grandchildren.
Joe is further survived by his siblings, Elizabeth Theusch, Olive (Harry) Batzler, Leo Mueller, Harold (Kathryn) Mueller and Rose Guell; his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Patricia Mueller, Joan and Norbert Bassill, Jerry Ullrich, and Theresa and Richard Immel; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents and his first wife Arlene, Joseph was preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd R. Mueller; his sister, Rita (John) Spoerl; brothers-in-law and sisters- in law, Edward Thuesch, Gordon “Bob” Guell, Roman and Florence Hartmann, Edmund and Anita Hartmann, Norbert and Esther Hartmann, Cyril and Priscilla Westerman, and Vicki Ullrich; and one niece, one nephew and one step-grandson.
Joseph attended Hillside School, a one-room schoolhouse near his home, and later St. Kilian grade school. He recovered from tetanus — “lock-jaw” — at the age of 14. For more than 50 years, Joe owned and successfully operated a family dairy and beef farm. He provided custom farm work for neighboring farmers in the rural Campbellsport area, before moving to the village of Campbellsport in 1982. He was a humble man with a great work ethic and sense of integrity. He was an advocate for the family farmer and the preservation of agricultural farmland. He took pleasure in planting and watching the grain and hay crops grow. He enjoyed planting seedling evergreen trees to create windbreaks, making maple syrup and gardening. He took great pride in his “peach tree” adventures. Joe had a great sense of humor, which he maintained into his final days.
He started drumming in the family variety band in 1966 and later with area bands including Syl Volm’s Polka Dots and, along with his wife Beatrice, The Willie Fochs band.
Joe realized one of his lifelong goals in 2006, visiting Germany, the homeland of his grandfather.
He was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Campbellsport and enjoyed singing in two of the church choirs.
Joe’s family will greet relatives and friends from 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at St. Matthew Church, 406 E. Main St., Campbellsport.
A Mass for Christian Burial for Joe will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Campbellsport with the Rev. Neil Zinthefer officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
The Twohig Funeral Home in Campbellsport is entrusted with arrangements for Joseph. Additional information and guestbook can be found at www.twohigfunerals.com.
Joseph’s family extends their heartfelt appreciation for the care received from Dr. Fabricius and Dr. Berko, Agnesian Hospice Hope, St. Agnes Hospital and their nurses. Memorials may be directed to St. Matthew Church and Agnesian Hospice Hope.