Sally Lee Mueller

Mueller, Sally Lee

OREGON - Sally Mueller, 78, of Oregon, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021, at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, Wis., after courageously battling cancer for the fourth time. She was born in Cedarburg, the daughter of William and Evelyn (Olmsted) Ritter.

Sally graduated from Cedarburg High School in 1961, where she was active in the drum and bugle corps, cheerleading, and as captain of her basketball team. In 1960 she was crowned queen of the Cedarburg Music Festival. Sally married her high school sweetheart on Oct. 31, 1964, in Cedarburg.

Sally went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and became an active member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She spent her college summers working as a counselor and director at Camp Wawbeek, an Easter Seals camp in Wisconsin Dells.

After graduating she began her professional career at UW Hospital. Soon after, she accepted a position at the Dean Clinic in Madison supervising the physical therapy department for many years. She played an integral role mentoring students and staff and had a positive impact on thousands of patients' lives.

Sally's positive inspiration carried over to all aspects of her life. Those who knew her well were familiar with "her lists." Every day she woke up with a plan and a positive approach involving work and play and celebrating life. From her tireless hours weeding and landscaping at her condo association to her service on the church alter guild committee, Sally was involved and took charge.

Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She loved to decorate and entertain for every holiday and season. She loved to cook and could make a savory meal out of even the gamiest wild catch her grandsons brought home to her. She loved to play pickleball, golf, fish and spend time on the Madison lakes or take family trips to Minocqua. After retirement, Sally and Tom enjoyed several winters in The Villages in central Florida and traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe with close friends and family. Sally was an avid sports fan and enjoyed years of season tickets to the Badgers football and basketball games. She also attended any, and all, youth sporting events, music concerts, dance recitals, sports banquets and activities her kids and grandkids were ever involved in.

Sally is survived by her husband of 56 years, Tom; her children, Jodie (Mark Slattery) Poe and Chad (Rebecca) Mueller; grandchildren, Piper, Christian, Lukas, Samuel, Payton, Marshall and Lydia; sister, Susan Mueller; brothers-in-law, Glenn Mueller (Bonnie), Dale Mueller (Mary Ellen) and Anthony Massaro; and nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Billie Massaro; and brother-in-law, James Mueller.

A memorial service will be held at ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 625 E. Netherwood St., Oregon, on Saturday, April 17 at 11 a.m. (there will be a limit on how many may attend in person). The Rev. Michael Mueller and the Rev. Naomi Garber will officiate. Visitations will be held at the church on Friday, April 16 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. and on Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m. until time of service (there will be no attendance limit). A livestream of the service will be available on Saturday, April 17 at 11 a.m. To view, go to www.gundersonfh.com and select Sally's obituary link.

Memorials may be made to the UW Carbone Cancer Center or St. John's Lutheran Church. The family wishes to thank the staff at UW Hospital and Agrace Hospice for their loving care. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

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Published by Madison.com from Apr. 7 to Apr. 14, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Apr
16
Visitation
3:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH
625 E. Netherwood St., Oregon, Wisconsin
Apr
17
Visitation
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH
625 E. Netherwood St., Oregon, Wisconsin
Apr
17
Memorial service
11:00a.m.
St. John's Lutheran Church (Oregon)
625 E. Netherwood St., Oregon, Wisconsin
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Gunderson Funeral Home - Oregon
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15 Entries
The Mueller Dental Girls
April 13, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Melissa Cooley
Family
April 12, 2021
The Cooley Family
April 12, 2021
Such a fine lady. She put up a valiant fight. She will be missed. Our sincere sympathy.
Larry and Sue Waefler
April 10, 2021
Coach, Jodes, Chad and family- I am so sorry to hear of Sally´s passing. What a courageous battle she fought with the support of so many loved ones. Find comfort in the knowledge that she is without pain and has found her way back to her Maker. Thinking and praying for all of you.
Lori Manion
April 10, 2021
We are so very sorry to know of Sally's passing; she was a huge personality and we always loved seeing her and Tom as they walked by the house with one (or many) witty comments to add!
STEVE &CHRISTINE JOHNSTON
April 8, 2021
A lovely tribute to an amazing woman. Our love and comfort to you all.
Karen, Bruno and Veronica
April 7, 2021
Chris Poe and Amy & Tom Lemens
April 7, 2021
Sal - incomparable, magical, always looking for reasons to hope and laugh ( and go fishing), funny, fun, loving, living. A Ritter and a Mueller. A fighter. A Badger. A great mom and grandmother. More -/ For me: A beloved role model (I remember watching her play basketball when she was in high school and i was just a little adoring niece). Some people take more than others when they leave us. But that is because they gave more when with us. To Tom, Chad, Jodie, Aunt Sue and all of their children, loving partners, cousins and the grandkids and her many friends : Tears and hugs and love from the whole Massaro crew who loved her too.
Toni Marie and Jer
April 7, 2021
The Oregon School District
April 7, 2021
Rest in peace, dear friend. Jacque and Tony
Jacque Potter
April 7, 2021
I will remember Sally as a person I enjoyed being around. We cleaned out the puzzles at the Senior Center and enjoyed every minute of our work together. She answered the many questions I had about maintaining good posture as an older person. She was such a gift to all of us. Love you, Sally.
Jane Morgan
April 7, 2021
All of Sal's loving Massaros
April 7, 2021
Jodie I am so sorry to hear of this. Dana has been letting me know what an amazing woman and mom your beautiful mother is. She also has let me know what a wonderful supportive family you have. You eased her transition in the best way. May you and your family find peace and love in her life well lived and know she left such a legacy in all of you. Lori
Lori Lindsey
April 7, 2021
My condolences Tom (Mr. Mueller) and your family.
Doug Strander
April 7, 2021