Mueller, Norma Patricia "Pat", Saginaw, Michigan


Passed away Friday March 23, 2012 at her home after losing her struggle with cancer. Pat was born on May 31, 1924 to Ivan and Florence (Waters) O'Connor in Saginaw, Ml. She was a lifelong Saginaw resident, graduating from Arthur Hill High School in 1942 and later receiving an Associate of Arts Degree from Delta College. Pat married the love of her life, Orval Mueller, on June 7, 1958. Orval predeceased her on May 4, 1978 as they were planning for their 20th anniversary. Pat and Orval were avid snowmobilers and she enjoyed swimming, water skiing, cross country skiing, and even white water rafting. She also enjoyed staying at her summer cottage on Loon Lake near Hale. She was employed for 25 years in the wholesale hardware division of Morley Bros, and retired in 1986 from the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center where she worked as both a pharmacy technician and an EKG technician. Even in retirement, Pat kept busy, working for the city clerk's office during elections as an inspector and precinct chairman until 2011, and she also worked as a recruiter and administrative assistant for the U.S. Census in three decades. For many years, Pat served as a volunteer driver for the Meals on Wheels program of the Saginaw County Commission on Aging. She was an active member of Calvary Memorial Episcopal Church for many years, serving on the Altar Guild and as secretary of the Vestry until the church closed in 2010 when she joined St. John's Episcopal Church. Pat traveled extensively in retirement, having visited Cozumel, Cancun, and Baja California in Mexico, she went to Europe several times, and at one time or another, she visited all 50 of the United States. Pat was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, joining Bethlehem Chapter #105 along with her father in 1942 and later transferring to Martha Washington Chapter #113. She also was a charter member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SVSU. A lifelong liberal, Pat was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement and other liberal causes. Surviving are her son, Louis (Kristi) McCray of Hale Ml., grandson Duane McCray of Saginaw, granddaughter Pamela McCray of Portage MI, great-grandchildren Brittany, Taylor, Tyler, Lacie, Blaze, Aiden, and Chance, one sister, Doris (Gerald) Gushen of Saginaw, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Pat was predeceased by her brother, Louis O'Connor, and two sisters, Bernadette Majeski and Juanita Beverly. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Johns Episcopal Church, 123 N. Michigan Ave., Saginaw, Ml. Rev. Daniel Cannon will officiate. On Tuesday, April 2, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. OES will have a memorial service at church. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. John's Episcopal Church. www.casefuneralhome.com