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M.L. Muir

M.L. Muir

April 28, 1937 May 12, 2020

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Obituary for M.L. Muir (O'Sullivan)

Mary Louise (M.L.) Muir passed away peacefully in her sleep of natural causes on May 12, 2020. She is now on her journey to be reunited in heaven with Dr. Robert W. Muir, her husband of 57 years; as well as, her father Dr. Gerald T. O’Sullivan, her mother, Mrs. Mary Louise (Eagan) O’Sullivan, and her sister, Ms. Geraldine O’Sullivan. M.L. was born April 28, 1937 in Fall River, Massachusetts. She lost her father at an early age, making M.L. and her sister, Gerry, very close. She attended school in Fall River, and spent summers in Tiverton, RI. M.L. graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic School and received her undergraduate Elementary Education degree from Immaculata College, in 1958. On a blind date in 1956, she met the love of her life, Dr. Robert (Bob) Muir who was attending nearby University of Pennsylvania. Bob and M.L. were married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fall River Massachusetts on July 25, 1959.

M.L. was a 2nd grade teacher in New Jersey, while her husband, Bob, completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. Upon Bob’s completion of medical school, the U.S. Army relocated the young couple to the first of more than 20 reassignments throughout the world, where Bob would run hospitals; and M.L. would run the household. And that household included Thomas (wife, Lucy Muir); Theresa (husband, John Fromwiller); R. James (wife, Lynne Muir); John (wife, Jennifer Muir); Geraldine; Christine Muir-Parker (husband, Alex Parker); and, Timothy. When Bob retired from the Army in 1976, he and M.L. moved the family to Berks County. While living in Berks County, Bob and M.L welcomed eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren into their hearts: Lauren Muir-Workman (husband, Evan); Paul Gapinski; Diane Neubauer (husband, Major Andrew Neubauer, and their children Luke and Noah Neubauer); Mark Gapinski; Alexis, Alicia, and Anya Muir; Ben and Natalie Muir; and Anna and Ryan Parker. M.L. loved her family dearly, but never gave up her love for teaching children, and actually returned to the workforce in her mid-60s to work at a local Tutor Time, where she helped teach and care for young children.

Her favorite times were during annual family reunions at the beach, surrounded by her large extended family, playing card games. While home, she could be found holding court and playing various card games at her kitchen table, making sure that everyone had their favorite snacks, while winning most games. Our hearts are broken for the loss of our “Nana” and Mom. She and Bob “Pops” are dancing together again in heaven, to their song, “Fascination.” She will be missed by many close friends, family and relatives. But she will always live on in our hearts, our dreams, and in the smiles and laughter of our children and their children still to come.

M.L. Muir was an extremely devout Catholic, a member of the St. Francis De Sales and St. Ignatius Loyola parishes, and a patron of scholarships for children attending Catholic schools in the Berks County area. In lieu of flowers, she requested that donations be sent to the “M.L. O’Sullivan Muir Scholarship Fund,” that she previously established at Berks Catholic High School (955 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading, PA 19611), to provide tuition assistance for incoming students particularly from the St. Francis De Sales parish; or, in the alternative, to the St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Robesonia, PA to provide tuition assistance for a child attending Catholic school. Viewing and funeral services will be privately held for the immediate family only. A celebration of her life and legacy will be held at a later date.

Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading is honored to serve the Muir family. Condolences may be expressed at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com.

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    Gethsemane Cemetery
    3139 Kutztown Road
    READING, PA
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Kathleen P. Heckman

Dear Terri and family,
I wish to express my deepest sympathy for the passing of your mother, your best friend and biggest fan. Although I didn't really know your mom very well, I feel like her knew her through Terri. I know she loved "having fun". I could feel the love you felt and the bond that the two of you shared as you spoke of her so many times sharing all of your marvelous family times and stories. I can only imagine how very much you will miss your mom. Please find comfort knowing she is at peace in heaven in the loving arms of Our Lord and Savior and sharing eternity with your Dad at her side once again. She is certainly smiling down on her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren with pride and admiration. With heartfelt sympathy, love, and prayers for you and your family. God bless.
Kath Heckman
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Karen Gmitter

I was so sorry to hear of your Mom's sudden passing. She was immensely devoted to and proud of her family and loved to recount what was happening in each of their lives. My deepest sympathy to your family.
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Alison Starr

I am so sorry to hear this Muir family. ML was such a wonderful and loving person. She will be missed by so many! My thoughts are with you all.
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Dan Downing

Condolences and prayers to the family.
-Dan Downing
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Daniel & Tsuneko O'Connor

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