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Mary Jane Mueller, 76, of Egg Harbor passed away unexpectedly with her family by her side on her father's birthday, February 23, 2023, at Door County Medical Center.
She was born to Lavern and Leah (Olson) LeMere on July 19, 1946 in Sturgeon Bay and attended grade school in Egg Harbor, and Gibraltar High School graduating in May 1964. In July of 1964, Mary participated in the Door County Cherry Blossom Pageant. As a child she liked picking cherries, going to the beach and feeding the chickens on her grandparents’ farm.
Following graduation she attended cosmetology school in Green Bay, graduating in 1966. Mary worked in Green Bay a few years before returning home to Egg Harbor where she worked for various salons including Alden's, Delores's and Dannhausen's. While living in Egg Harbor, she met Bob Mueller who was co-owner of Mueller Bros Standard. They were married on April 28, 1973 at St John The Baptist Catholic Church (now Stella Maris Parish-Egg Harbor site).
In the fall of 1973, Bob and Mary built a home south of Egg Harbor, where she opened Mary's Beauty Salon. Mary operated her business until 2015 when the business slowed and licensing demands became higher. As a fire chief's wife, Mary helped Bob with many reports, organizing benefits and making sandwiches and coffee in the wee hours for the guys when large fires were being fought.
Mary worked seven nights a week at Mueller's Mini Mart for many years. She enjoyed chit chatting with the many locals and tourists that stopped to get gas, snacks, newspapers, beverages and "Smokey treats", or maybe "just to use the bathroom". When the station sold, she missed that everyday conversation with her customers.
In the 1970’s she bowled on the Gambles team with her sister Donna at Apple Valley Lanes. She also snowmobiled, cross country skied (mostly in the yard), roller skated and ice skated. Mary was involved with St John's Altar Society, Christian Mothers, Egg Harbor Chicks Homemaker Club and The Egg Harbor Lites 4H Club.
She enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandkids, and her mother-daughter time with Lisa going to Oneida Casino and Ho-Chunk in the Wisconsin Dells. When she could, she enjoyed seeing her grandson, Jake play with the Modern Day Drifters and his many concerts at school. She loved music and dancing. Her grandson Bub was a ray of sunshine for her, spending time with grandma when mom & dad were working, and playing board games, different card games, and attending his school programs.
Holidays were Mary’s favorite time to spend with her family, especially Christmas. Many old stories were told, family reminiscing, and lots of tears were shed from laughing so hard.
She will be dearly missed by her children, Lisa ( Greg ) Hartl, Bobby (Jackie) Mueller; grandchildren, Jacob Hartl and Bobby "Bub" Mueller, who referred to her as "Grandma BP"; two brothers, Jerry (friend, Lorie Bittorf) LeMere and Jim (Cindy) LeMere; brother-in-law, Norb Mueller; sister-in-law, Char Mueller; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lavern and Leah LeMere; husband, Bob Mueller; granddaughter, Samantha Hartl; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Allen Miller; brother-in-law, Herbert Mueller; parents-in-law, Herbert and Catherine Mueller; great niece, Talhia Heroux; and great nephews, Bo Johnson Miller and Shane Brown.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 3, 2023 at Stella Maris-Egg Harbor site with Fr. Robert Stegmann officiating. Burial will follow at St. John The Baptist Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Huehns Funeral Home and at the church Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. A parish wake will be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Huehns Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed in her name to the Sturgeon Bay High School Band Program or Defibs4DoorCounty.org.
Our family would like to express our sincere gratitude to Mark Schleicher, Miranda Bader, Jeff Meyer, and Brad Lautenbach who were the first to render aid, The Egg Harbor First Responders, Door County EMS, & the ER staff who did everything possible to try to keep mom with us longer. As a family, we would also like to thank Dr. Steven Gerndt, vascular surgeon at Bellin Hospital and his team, who did mom's bypasses in August 2021. He gave Mom another 18 months we might not of had with her.
Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Mary may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.