Louise Muhler
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Louise Shumway Muhler

Nov 26, 1920 - Nov 20, 2014

Louise passed away peacefully of natural causes on November 20, 2014, at the Piedmont Gardens Skilled Nursing facility in Oakland, CA. She was born in Cefalu, Sicily, and her given name was Astarte Lulu Panthea. Her mother was Augustine Ninette Fraux Shumway and her father was Aleister Crowley. Louise came to the United States in 1930 and graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1937. She attended Mills College for two years and graduated from the University of California in 1941. In 1940 Louise married Virgil A. Muhler, now deceased, and divorced in 1970. Louise served as a Vista Volunteer for a year in Laredo, Texas, and in 1970 she began working as an ESL teacher in the Oakland Adult Education School and taught for over 25 years. Lou was a member of Montclair Presbyterian Church for over fifty years and had a strong focus on social justice issues. She was also an active member of the Mills College Alumni Association. Lou loved nature and was an avid gardener and amateur expert in botany, zoology, and bird watching. She shared these passions with others for 15 years as a volunteer docent in the Natural History wing of the Oakland Museum. She travelled extensively in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America and was fluent in French and Spanish. She was preceded in death by her brother Howard Shumway. She is survived by her sister, Jeanette Fraux, and brother Richard Shumway; her children, Susan Joan Muhler, William Mead Muhler, John Eric Muhler, and Wendy Louise Nicholson; five grandchildren, Tamara Christine Muhler, Nathaniel Westbook Muhler, Tymon Bennett Nicholson, Alexandra Cristina Aguirre Muhler, and Zoë Andrianne Mountain Muhler; and two great-grandchildren, Kira Louise Muhler Reyes, and William Generoso Muhler Reyes. A memorial service will be held at the Rheinhardt Alumnae House at Mills College on January 17, 2015, at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Mills College for the Louise Shumway Muhler Memorial Scholarship.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Dec. 6 to Dec. 7, 2014.
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December 17, 2014
Rest in peace!!!
denise buckelew
December 17, 2014
Farewell sister daughter friend - see you again soon
Shé D'Montford
December 14, 2014
Dance with the goddess, mother. and never stop smiling
ruca nuitdome
December 13, 2014
Thank you Louise for all the good you brought to this world.
December 10, 2014
When I first worked with Louise, she was making dolls to send to children in Central America, and I was so impressed; obviously, that was just the tip of the iceberg. Will miss her.
Barbara Simon Harris
December 9, 2014
Condolences to her family and may she rest in peace. She sounds like a woman who lived her life to the fullest. Blessed be
December 9, 2014
John Belham-Payne Founder Centre For Pagan Studies
Rest in peace Louise
John Belham-Payne
December 9, 2014
My condolences for the loss of a such a caring and loving woman especially during this holiday season. May you all be touched with the knowledge that she remains close at hand in your hearts, minds, and her spirit now shall visit and bless all those who miss her...........Brightest Blessings
Dr. Richard Knight Th.D.
December 9, 2014
May she be granted the accomplishment of her Will.
Diane Champigny
December 9, 2014
The world is a bit dimmer, but the other side of the Veil just got brighter. Peace Lou
Nathan Szafranski
December 9, 2014
Rest in peace, Mrs. Muhler. Thoughts and prayers with your loved ones.
Benjamin Bresett
December 9, 2014
Assuming the doctrine that we are reincarnated after death is true:


I am not in Massachusetts. I'm in England. However, the designer of this form seemed not to acknowledge the possibility that people might want to leave messages, who were from THE COUNTRY OF HER FATHER'S BIRTH !
Richard Gillard
December 8, 2014
May the beautiful rest in the roses and the petals of all the flowers. She was truly one of a kind and the kind we could love forever. ?
Andres N.F Gwardian
December 8, 2014
Such a beautiful person. For all she has been and all that she has done, I wish to say travel safely into the night.
Grace Robertson
December 8, 2014
May she find peace in her journey to her new afterlife
December 8, 2014
Bless her heart. Blessed be. She was a daughter of a legend. And she did wrote history of her own. Condolescense to her family.
Guillermo Arias
December 8, 2014
Rest in Peace, Lou.
D. Y. B.
December 8, 2014
May she be granted the accomplishment of her will.
December 7, 2014
I am so glad that Lou was part of my life and am grateful that she was such a big part of my daughters' lives, Alexandra and Zoe.
Jane Aguirre
December 7, 2014
My deepest sympathy to the family. May the God of loyal love comfort the family during your time of sorrow. Psalms 119:76
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