Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 17, 2010
Ellnora A. Mueller (Rice, Rinehart) of Shirley, Ark. and formerly of Austin died peacefully with family present on Dec. 29, 2009.
She was born Aug. 15, 1925 to William and Anna (Fanton) Rice andgrew up in Pine River, Minn. She married Harold Rinehart on Aug. 8, 1945, and they lived in the Austin area until Harold’s death.
After Harold’s death, she married Henry Mueller. They were married for 20 years and were active in the VFW in Albert Lea, Minn. and Shirley, Ariz.
Ellnora enjoyed reading, sewing, music, scrabble, dancing, crocheting, visiting and being with her children. She was happy to have all of her children together in her last days.
She is survived by her three children, Bill Rinehart of Cresco, Iowa, Terri Grunzke of Freeborn, Minn. and Steve Rinehart of Redmond, Wash; eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by Harold; Henry; her parents, Bill and Anna; her brothers and sister; and several aunts, uncles and in-laws.
The family is grateful to Dave and Monica Rinehart and family of Kasota, Minn. and Karen Johnson of Shirley, Ariz. for the care and love they provided during her illness.
A memorial service is planned for May 8, 2009 at the Hayfield, Minn. cemetery.
Memorials or cards can be sent to PO Box 56, Freeborn, MN 56032 or a donation can be made to a local charity of your choice.
Please share any memories you have with the family to be used at the memorial service.