Elizabeth Josephine (Bloomer) Muehlhaus

ESCANABA – Elizabeth Josephine (Bloomer) Muehlhaus, 86, residing at 321 S. 13th Street, Escanaba, passed away in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her family and loved ones on Friday afternoon, March 21, 2014, from cancer.

She was born on Feb. 8, 1928, in Dinklage, Germany, and was the daughter of Otto and Elizabeth (Sudkamp) Bloomer.

Elizabeth married Johannes (Hans) Muehlhaus on Sept. 19, 1950. In July of 1952, they moved from Germany to Escanaba, and in 1957 she received her U.S. citizenship.

Among gardening, Elizabeth had her hands in many things. She started working at St. Francis Hospital in the nursery helping mothers and infants and for many years was the baker in the hospital kitchen. She modeled for the Fair Store, worked at the neighborhood church, and won a gardening award for the best yard.

Elizabeth will be remembered most for her kindness and giving heart. She touched the hearts and lives of so many with her brilliant light and spirit brought forward from her passion for God. She saw beauty in everything, but the closest to her heart was watching and being involved in her grandchildren’s lives.

She was a member of St. Joseph/St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Elizabeth is survived by: her brother, Hans (Christa) Bloomer, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and sisters-in-law in Germany; sons, Joseph (Barb) Muehlhaus, John (Betty) Muehlhaus of Escanaba; daughters, Gabriele Carignan of Gladstone, Mary (Russell) Perler of Sandpoint, Idaho; 11 grandchildren, Johannes Simmons, Natalie Simmons, Lee (Amy) Carignan, Jennifer (Matt) Stratton, Adam Muehlhaus, Corene Muehlhaus, Pam (Jeff) Jenkins, Karen (Jeremiah) Ansell, Katie Gurlea, Kyle Perler, and Bryce Perler; 15 great-grandchildren; and very special friends Diana Lynn Nolde, and Mike Martin.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Hans on Nov. 6, 1994, and four brothers in Germany, Jope, Otto, Berndt, and Verner.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 25, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. A Funeral Mass celebrating the life of Elizabeth Josephine Muehlhaus will follow at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph/St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Eric Olson officiating. A meal will be served in the church fellowship hall at the conclusion of the Mass. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy and online condolences in Elizabeth’s honor may be directed to the Muehlhaus family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.