Juanita S. Mueller, 88

Juanita S. Mueller, 88, of Columbia City, died at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 2010 at Heritage Park Nursing Home, Fort Wayne where she had been a resident for the past two years.She was born Dec. 14, 1921 in Allen County, a daughter of John and Celeste (Bubb) Gibson. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne where she attended Catholic Schools.On July 18, 1942 she was united in marriage to Christian “Chris” H. Mueller. They made their home in Fort Wayne. In 1954 they moved to Tri-Lakes and later to a farm in Thorncreek Township where they resided for 30 years. In 1987 they moved to Witmer Lake near Wolcottville. Mr. Mueller, her husband of 53 years, died in 1996. In 2004, she moved to Waterloo. A full-time homemaker, she raised three sons, Richard (Kay) Mueller of Denver, Colo., Ronald (Vicki) Mueller of Shell Knob, Mo. and Larry Mueller of Valley Park, Mo. Additional surviving family includes, three grandchildren, Michelle Mueller, Cheryl Mueller and Randy Mueller.In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three siblings, John Gibson, Elmer Gibson and Melatine Gibson.The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial will be in South Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the donor’s choice.Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.