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Judith E. Muller

Judith E. Muller

Judith E. Muller, age 79, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020 at her home in Menomonie, WI.  She was born July 7, 1940 in Ashland, WI to Edward G. and Mabel E. Carlson.  She was raised on a farm in rural Bayfield County near Ashland.  She later graduated from Ondossagon High School near Ashland.  She attended Stout State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics in 1962, where she also met her husband to be, Arthur E. Muller.  They were married on June 30, 1962.

Art and Judy then moved to Oconomowoc WI and she taught Home Economics at the high school.  Their daughter Cheryl was born in 1963, followed by two sons; Keith in 1965 and Bruce in 1969.  The family moved back to Menomonie when Art started teaching at Stout, travelled out to California for a short time, as well as to Greeley Colorado while Art completed his doctorate.  They returned to Menomonie in 1972 where Art resumed his teaching career at Stout.  Once all three children were school aged, Judy worked for Richard Oldfield CPA for 30 years, until retirement, preparing tax returns for individuals and farmers in the local area.

Judy had a lifelong interest in sewing, quilting, cooking and baking. She actively participated in Over the Edge Quilt Guild, was a charter member and former president of PEO, and was a devoted member of the First Congregational Church in Menomonie.  Her lifelong love of quilting provided countless examples of her exquisite work which was shared with various family members including each of her four granddaughters.  Her quilts will be cherished for generations to come. Judy also volunteered providing meals for Thursday’s table at the First Congregational Church for the needy in the Menomonie area.  She also enjoyed frequent visits and travel with family, including recent trips to Washington DC and the Grand Canyon with children and grandchildren.

Judy is survived by her children; daughter Cheryl Muller (Bob Schwartz) of Eau Claire and their daughter Claudia Whitney (Skyler) of Eau Claire; son Keith (Jessica) of Eau Claire and step-daughters Cara, Kaela, and Kendra; son Bruce (Kathryn) of Papillion NE and their daughters Kristianna, Kylie, and Alexandra.   She is also survived by her brother Harvey Carlson of Ashland, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband Art, her parents Edward and Mabel Carlson and two brothers, Gordon and Robert Carlson.

Due to Covid-19, Private family services are being held at 1:00 PM Wednesday August 5, 2020 at First Congregational-United Church of Christ in Menomonie.  

Memorial gifts may be made to First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Menomonie, WI, Stepping Stones of Dunn County; the Continuing Education Scholarship for PEO, or the donor's choice.


  1. Annette Taylor

    Just saw that Judy had passed away and very surprised. We thought that both Judy and Art were very special people and Menomonie was a better place for their having been here. We are sorry for your loss.
    Annette and John Taylor

  2. Lorraine Carlson McCann

    Judy was my cousin. We moved to Colorado when I was very young but our visits to Wisconsin always brought us to her parents home, and later to her home for dinner. I remember that she was such an accomplished seamstress. I'm not surprised that she also made wonderful quilts. We have stayed in touch by letters at Christmas and I always looked forward to them. She was so proud of her family and always so loving to everyone. I will miss you Judy!

  3. Apryl Price

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Judy was such a very kind soul and a dear friend. So was so willing to take on costume construction projects when I had more to do than time to do them, and we always had such lovely chats when we met. She will be missed. Wishing you all peace. ❤️

  4. Marsha Flannery

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. What a wonderful, kind and generous person. I remember asking if we could borrow her crib when I was pregnant with Dave. She said, " Well actually no, as we will be needing it." That's how we found out she was expecting Bruce. They were born 5 days apart, Bruce on April 22 1969 and Dace on April 26.

  5. Laura & Jim Wahl

    Sorry for the loss to the family. Judy did our taxes when we had our business in Minnesota and then was a wonderful friend upon our return to Menomonie. She was a great P.E.O. sister. Our sympathy to her family.

  6. Barbara A Freiberg

    A beautifully written memory of your mom. I worked with Keith at the Elmwood Nursing Home and through our conversations learned a lot about your mom & dad. I'm sure they both are dearly missed. My sympathy goes to all of you. God Bless you all.

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