The Rev. Eugene Mueller, S.T., 84, resident of Sacred Heart Home, Hyattsville, Md., and a native of Tiffin, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, after a long illness.
Father Gene, son of the late Frank and Edith Swartz Mueller, received his elementary and high school education in Tiffin. He later attended the Pontifical College Josephinum, Worthington, graduating in 1955 with a degree in theology, and he was ordained into the priesthood.
He began his priestly ministry in the Diocese of Mobile, Ala., and while there, became acquainted with the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, an American religious community of men, which he joined in 1961.
The Rev. Mueller
After receving a master's degree in social work from the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., he served as director of Fides House, a settlement house for a poor neighborhood not far from the U.S. Capitol. During subsequent years of fruitful ministry, he worked in Puerto Rico (where he learned Spanish), in Mexico and in Costa Rica. For some years, he was in charge of religious and educational formation of the young Missionary Servants. Upon returning to the United States, he served the Hispanic community in Thomasville, Ga.
After 51 years of active missionary work, Father Mueller was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and in 2006, he retired to his community's Senior Ministry House, Adelphi, Md.
Father Mueller is survived by two sisters, Joanne (Joseph) Brickner and Margaret (Larry) Ahle, both of Tiffin; two brothers, Robert Mueller of California and Michael Mueller of Shelby; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral for Father Mueller took place Nov. 16, 2012, at Father Judge Missionary Cenacle, Adelphi, Md. Burial was at St. Joseph's Missionary Cenacle, Fort Mitchell, Ala.
A local memorial service will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, at a later date.