Karen Irene Mueller, 79, Waupun, passed away peacefully at her home Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.
Karen was born April 25, 1939, in Barneveld, the daughter of Clarence and Ruby (Tesch) Hauge. On June 18, 1955, she was united in marriage to Royce William Mueller in Dubuque, Iowa. The couple farmed in the Waunakee area until 1964. They moved to Waupun where they lived for the remainder of their lives. Karen worked in the home and provided childcare for Waupun area parents for more than 45 years. Caring for what appeared to be all the children of Waupun, she was recognized everywhere she went. Karen was recognized by the city of Waupun as Mother of the Year. She coached mini and maxi girls softball for many years. Karen and Royce always enjoyed watching their children and Waupun area children in sporting events such as softball and basketball. They never missed any UW Badgers sports. Royce preceded Karen in death on June 23, 2010.
Karen is survived by her five children, Glenda (Roland) Yohn of Waupun, Jeff (Laurie) Mueller of Waupun, Brenda Mueller and Debra Nadwidney of Illinois, Kandace (Jim) Erdmann of Oakfield, and Tamera (Mike) Paschke of Waupun; 15 grandchildren, Ryan (Jess) Mueller, Mindi (Lance) Bresser, Lissa (Andy) Stelsel, Jacob Erdmann, Faye (Mike) White, Corey (Paula) Mueller, Eric (Daisy) Erdmann, Vanessa (Steve) Bastian, Bryan “BJ” (Fiancé Alicia) Yohn, Ashley Erdmann, Karen (Mikey) Ries, Cindel (Kaile) Schimka, Jeremiah (Karson) Erdmann, Andrew (Kristine) Paschke, and Carol (Mike) Wettstein; 18 great-grandchildren, Emma, Lily, Ella, Lila, Gus, Carson, Brady, Carly, Riley, Gage, Grahm, Peri, Mila, Camryn, Brynn, Dalton, Jason, and Isaiah; her sister, Nancy (Harley) Altman of Monroe; her sister, Cheryl (Tony) Nickels of Orfordville; her sisters-in-law, Nancy Hauge of Monticello and Barb Hauge of Monroe; her brother, Richard (Jackie) Hauge of Janesville; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Karen was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Darcy and Danny Hauge, Glen Ryman, and Charles Ryman.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 30, at 12:30 p.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun. Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call on the family Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun is serving the family. Visit wernerharmsenfuneralhome.com for more information and to send condolences.
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