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Elaine E. Mueller, Wausau, entered eternal life on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at Renaissance Assisted Living at age 96. She was born February 25, 1927 in Wausau, the daughter of John W. and Rose M. (Kroehn) Eschenbach.
She was Baptized, Confirmed, and educated at Zion Lutheran Church and School in Wausau. After graduating from Wausau High School in 1944 she worked for the U.S. War Production Board (Ration Board) until the end of WWII and then for the Boy Scouts of America.
On May 13, 1950, she married Lloyd M. Mueller at Zion Lutheran Church.
Her Lutheran faith was uppermost in her life. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church for over 80 years, during which time she volunteered in various capacities such as the church Cradle Roll, school library, church choir, Ladies Aid, Strassenfest and as a Cub Scout Den Mother.
For over 60 years Elaine enjoyed corresponding with her pen-pal, Tom Mussen, in Wakefield, England writing letters and sharing articles of interest. She was able to meet Tom and his wife in person on two occasions, once in the States and also in England. Elaine very much enjoyed traveling with her husband Lloyd, gardening, riding her bike (until age 79), and being a member of the YMCA for 53 years. She enjoyed being with her family at swim/gym nights and then later, swimming laps and participating in water exercise. She often mentioned how her “Y friends” were instrumental in her life.
Elaine held deep friendships with the women who started the “sewing club” in the 1960’s. There were also other special friends who helped and supported her over the past several years.
Elaine was a devoted wife and mother who loved and supported her family. She will be deeply missed and will remain in her family’s hearts always. She is survived by three sons, Thomas (Boone, NC); John (Heide, Onalaska, WI); Richard (Twin Cities); two grandsons, Joe (Onalaska, WI) and David (Wautoma, WI).
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, March 6, 2023 in the chapel at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Wausau. Reverend Steven K. Gjerde will officiate. Visitation will be from 12:00 Noon until the time of service at 1:00 P.M. Entombment will be at Restlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. You may sign our family guestbook at www.Helke.com.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring and compassion staff at Renaissance Assisted Living.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Wausau.
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