Beverly Ann Mueller-Babler, 81, of Winona, Minn., died on Sunday, August 6, at Gunderson Health Systems in La Crosse, Wis.
Beverly was born on May 20, 1936, to Vern and Frances Graves in rural Elba, Minn. She went to grade school in Elba, Minn., and attended high school in St. Charles, Minn. She married Raymond Mueller on November 1, 1952. The two of them lived in Rollingstone where they raised a family of five children. After Ray’s death in 1983, Beverly moved to Winona in 1988 where she met Robert Babler. The two married in 1990 and spent 20 wonderful years together before Robert’s death in 2010.
Beverly was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Rollingstone until she moved to Winona and joined Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Church and was strong in her faith. She worked at Wincraft in Winona for many years. She was also active in the Winona Health Auxiliary for many years. Beverly loved traveling with Bob, watching Twins’ games, crocheting, sewing quilt blocks, country music and especially loved playing with her grand- and great- grand kids. She was also very fond of her grand-dogs, Molly, Buggy, Charlie, and Chewy.
Beverly is survived by her children, Kathy (Keith) Kimmel, Jim Mueller, Sue Wobig, Jill (Kevin Kimmel) Mueller, Pam (Delmer) Husman; step-son, Bruce (Beth) Babler; grandchildren, Christine West, Sara Lim, Travis Wobig, Kari Wobig, Trevor Wobig, Heidi Sobeck, Andria Mueller, Leah Mueller, Jacob Husman, Josh Husman, Emma Husman; step-grandchildren, Michael Babler, Phillip Babler, Andrew Babler, Timothy Babler; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings, Larry (Priscilla) Graves, Arlene Goetz; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond Mueller; second husband, Robert Babler; son, Michael Mueller; her parents; and six brothers and a sister.
A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, with a funeral service at 12 p.m. at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview. Interment will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Beverly requested to have a closed-casket service; please respect the family’s wishes to honor that request. Memorials are preferred to breast cancer research.
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