Father Donald R. Mueller, 77, Gibsonburg passed away at 12:22 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
He was born Sept. 5, 1935, in Venedocia, to Aloysius and Evelyn (Hessling) Mueller. After attending St. John Grade School, he entered the Pontifical College Josephinum, Worthington, where he graduated from high school and college, and completed theology studies for the priesthood. Father Mueller was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Toledo May 21, 1961, by Archbishop Egidio Vagnozzi at the Josephinum.
He was an assistant or associate pastor at five parishes: St. Peter, Huron (1961), St. Jude, Toledo (1961-1963), Immaculate Conception, Ottoville (1964-1967), St. Wendelin, Fostoria (1967-1971) and St. John, Toledo (1971-1974).
The Rev. Mueller
Father Mueller then served six parishes as pastor: St. Stephen, The Bend, and Immaculate Conception, Marysdale (1974-1983), St. Ann, Toledo (1984) and Sacred Heart, Bethlehem, and St. Joseph, Plymouth (1984-1986). He also worked as an assistant in the Toledo mission office (1987-1989) and as Chaplain at Mercy Hospital, Toledo (1963), St. Francis Hospital, Green Springs (1989-1997) and at St. Bernadine Home, Fremont (1997-2000).
Father Mueller also substituted for many local parishes, most recently celebrating his 51st year as a priest. He enjoyed playing cards, visiting with his family and fishing in his early years.
Father Mueller is survived by his three siblings, Angela (Jerry) Hohlbein of Ottoville, Sister Diane (Anna Marie) Mueller of Tiffin and his brother, Joseph (Diane) Mueller of Delphos; and 14 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Janice Deitering and Rose Ann Mueller; and his brother-in-law, William Deitering.
Visitation will be 12-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Gibsonburg, with the rosary said at 3:30 p.m. Additional visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Immaculate Conception Church, Ottoville Reception of the Body and Vespers.
His Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at Immaculate Conception Church, Ottoville, where his body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Bishop Leonard P. Blair will be officiating. Burial will follow at St Mary's Cemetery, Ottoville.
Herman-Kinn-Veh Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Gibsonburg, and Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, have been privileged to assist with Father Mueller's arrangements.