MUHLBAUER, Herbert George Herbert George Muhlbauer, age 90, passed away after a long illness on October 9, 2017. He leaves his wife of 69 years, Marilyn (Kirshenbaum) Muhlbauer; his sister, Dvorah Pardess; his four children, Jan Muhlbauer (Nancy), Robin Fleschler (Sammy), Michael Muhlbauer (Jenny), and Laurie Turner (Eric); his nine grandchildren and their wonderful spouses, Sarah, Aaron, Zachary, Melissa (Marty), Heather, Lindsay (Johnny), Michael Clayton, Anna (Michael), and Cate; and eleven great-grandchildren, Spencer, Jackson, Sampson, Julianna, Aaron, Sophie, Harlow, Henry, Ava, Cooper, and Caleb. Mr. Muhlbauer was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 20, 1927 to Max and Anna Muhlbauer (Teeman). In his early years, he helped his father who ran a grocery store, and it was there where he developed his love for cats who lived in the store to ward off mice. As a young boy, he learned to play the violin. He was reared Orthodox where the boys used to compete for opportunities to chant from the Torah. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1943, he was admitted to the prestigious Cooper Union College, the only tuition-free college in the U.S. His studies were interrupted when he joined the U.S Navy for two years. Upon returning from the Navy, he completed his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, followed by a Master's degree from the University of Delaware where he also became an expert bridge player. Herbert met his wife Marilyn through his sister Dvorah while he was in the Navy. They corresponded through letters and initiated a long-distance relationship. Upon returning from the Navy, he spent long hours on the subway from Brooklyn to the Bronx to visit Marilyn where she lived. They married on July 3, 1948. The couple moved to Austin, Texas in 1949 where they lived for 60 years. In Austin, Herbert began his career at Jefferson Chemical Company where he worked for 33 years. He was an excellent teacher, gardener and particularly enjoyed helping his children with their homework, and in later years, taking over parenting responsibilities when Marilyn began working full-time. Throughout his life, Herbert embraced Judaism and Jewish learning, and was a scholar of the Torah. He attended synagogue weekly where he enjoyed the prayers and listening to Jewish music. He relished leading the Passover Seder and having Friday night dinners. He chanted the Torah every Shabbat and every High Holidays and also the Megillah on Purim. He was known to have the most beautiful chanting voice. Upon retiring at age 55, he continued to fulfil his love of learning by auditing classes in Judaic studies, Greek and Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin. He also tutored children studying for their Bar/Bat Mitzvot. He and Marilyn enjoyed ushering and attended Broadway shows, symphonies, plays, and the movies. He will be dearly missed by his family. We wish to thank America, Kasia, Sharonda, Tiffany, Vanessa, and Wanda for their care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beth Yeshurun Synagogue, Houston, Texas and the Houston Zoo. -Houston Jewish Funerals.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Oct. 15, 2017.