Joan Marie Mueller, 88, died peacefully in her home in Beloit, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 18, 2017 while surrounded by her family. She fully lived out her mission to "love, learn and serve."
Joan was predeceased by Charles J. Mueller, her loving husband of 62 years, who died on March 9, 2013; her mother, Albenia (Elliott) Campbell; her father J. Edmund Campbell; stepmother Mary (Child) Campbell; brothers Fr. Peter, Fr. James and Duncan Campbell; and sister Therese Campbell.
Joan is survived by her seven children and their spouses: Mary (Robert) Weyand of Suttons Bay, MI; Charles Jr. (Linda) Mueller, Traverse City, MI; David (Sunday) Mueller, Deerfield, IL; Christine (Phillip) Wood, Marietta, GA; Therese (Steven) Mueller-McLain, Beloit, WI; Peter (Carie) Mueller, Waukesha, WI; and Edmund (Shelly) Mueller, Beloit, WI.
Her surviving brothers and sisters include: Mary Ellen (Bill) Rynearson, Niles, IL; John (Elisa) Campbell, Eagan, MN; Joseph Campbell, Wauwatosa, WI; and Judy Hushaw, Aurora, IL.
Joan is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren including Julie (Dave) Kroll and their sons Jack and Luke of Lake Orion, MI; Susan (Tim) Price and their children Lucy and Charlie, Grand Rapids, MI; Carolyn (Jesse) Elbert and their son Simon, Des Moines, IA; J (Lauren) Mueller, Traverse City, MI; Rebecca (Todd) Sketch and their children Anabelle, Nettie and Otto, Traverse City, MI; Barret Mueller, Washington D.C.; Brianna, Kelly and Dana Mueller, Chicago, IL; Michael McDonald, Dallas, TX; Brandon Wood, Marietta, GA; Katharine Mueller (McLain), Beloit, WI; Robert McLain, So. Beloit, IL; Stephanie, Jennifer and Kathryn Mueller, Waukesha, WI; Mary Mueller, Rockford, IL; Ellen Mueller, Colorado Springs, CO; and Matthew Mueller, Beloit, WI.
A Legacy of Loving, Learning and Serving.
Born in Boston, MA on May 12, 1929, to J. Edmund and Albenia Campbell, Joan was the oldest of nine children. She attended Immaculate Conception High School in Elmhurst, IL, graduating in 1946.
While working as a dental assistant in Lombard, Illinois, Joan met Charles Mueller. They were married on November 25, 1950 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lombard, IL. Following a series of relocations, they moved their family from Detroit, MI to Beloit, WI in 1973 when they purchased and fully embraced Welders Supply Company and the Beloit community for over 40 years.
Joan was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, friend and mentor to many. Her greatest pleasure was her family. As the oldest child, Joan was a surrogate mother to her brothers and sisters. She "gave her all" to everyone in her world. Her contributions are countless.
A devout Catholic and member of Our Lady of Assumption (OLA) Parish, Joan worshiped faithfully and prayed daily. Throughout her life, she was an outspoken advocate for children, peace, justice, health and education. While in Detroit in the sixties and early seventies, the "Focus Hope" project to "overcome racism, poverty and injustice" captured her heart. Later, as a political activist in Beloit, Joan joined the League of Women Voters in the seventies, served as their President, and contributed to the League until her death. Joan also worked hard as campaign manager on many local and state campaigns.
Joan co-founded the Beloit Peace Coalition in 1984 and immersed herself with Beyond War, a global peace and conflict resolution organization with California roots. She mentored a young girl through adulthood as part of Beloit's "One-on-One" teen initiative program, served on the board of the Beloit Health Department, and on the School District of Beloit's "E" Quality and selection committees. Joan faithfully supported the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC's) based in Aurora, IL, where her bothers Fr. Peter and Fr. Jim served.
A lover of reading and continuous learning, Joan supported many educational institutions, advanced her own education at Rockford and Beloit Colleges, and saw to it that her seven children received college educations. She enjoyed art, music, dance and theatre and seeing her children and grandchildren perform.
Joan was also known for listening, her sense of humor, power walks, firm hand shake, generous smile, warm embrace and her delicious and nutritious meals.
Joan will be deeply missed by her family and friends as she was a fountain of love and support. Her legacy will inspire and motivate those she deeply touched by her passion. Her soul and spirit lives on in us.
The family would like to thank Dr. Kenneth Gold and his staff, Dr. Leo Egbujiobi, the support team of Beloit Regional Hospice and the caregivers from Home Instead. The family also requests that in lieu of flowers donations are made to Beloit Regional Hospice, Catholic Charities, Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television, or volunteer to a charity of one's choice to honor her memory.
Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 pm, December 2, 2017 at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 2222 Shopiere, Beloit, WI with Fr. Mike Resop officiating followed by Christian Burial at Calvary Cemetery in Beloit. Visitation will be at the church from 12:00 pm until the time of service. Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, WI, assisted the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.daleymurphywisch.com