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Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home

10501 Garland Road, Dallas, TX

OBITUARY

Mary Helene Muessig

24 May, 192326 July, 2020
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Mary Helene Muessig went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 26, 2020. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Bill Muessig, who probably asked her, "What took you so long?" She was also preceded by her parents, Jennie O'Connor Glass and Ralph Glass, originally from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and by her brother Tom Glass and beloved sister Joan McNamara. Mary was born on May 24, 1923 and grew up in a loving home in Detroit, Michigan where she was raised by her mother, a former teacher and devoted housewife, and by her father, Ralph Glass, a World War I Infantryman, who became a City of Detroit bus driver who never met a stranger. Mary was 97 years young and was still sharing her warm smile.

In 1947, while attending Wayne State University, Mary met a former World War II Reconnaissance Patrol Leader named Bill Muessig and the rest as they say is history. They dated for several years and then Bill moved to Texas. He quickly returned the Christmas of 1949 "to get the prettiest girl from Kalamazoo" and they were married on January 7, 1950 in Detroit at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Mary had never lived outside of her Detroit home for the first 26 years of her life, and the next day they were on their way to Dallas, Texas where she spent the next 71 years of her life as a Texan! Shortly after arriving in Texas, Mary was ecstatic to find out that she was pregnant with her first-born, living in an unairconditioned home in Garland, Texas in the middle of the summer. Craig was born in November 1950 followed by Kristine Mary (Teena) in May of 1954, Jeff in November of 1956, and her baby Janet in April of 1960. They were founding members of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Garland where all four of their children attended grade school.

Mother's life was certainly characterized by gratitude. She was eternally grateful for her parents and for her siblings, Tom and Joan. She married the love of her life, Bill Muessig, and cherished their 63 years of marriage together. Her children were her life and she was their greatest cheerleader and a wonderful Mother. However, she could be very objective whenever necessary. She was always appreciative of her many Good Shepherd Catholic Church friends and cherished her best friend, Eleanor Garrett, who she lost several years ago. She had a special love and appreciation for her home on West Celeste Drive in Garland where she raised her four children. She loved unconditionally her Good Shepherd Pastor, Father Charles Smid, and likewise she was extremely grateful for her current Pastor, Father Joseph of St. Michael's in Garland and her Guardian Angel Jan Molstad who regularly brought her Communion. The last four years she was always appreciative of the loving care that she received at the Avalon Memory Care Center in Garland by devoted nurse's aides, too numerous to mention but they know who they are. The Muessig family thanks them also. She cherished most of all her Catholic faith and her relationship with the Almighty and we are comforted with the fact that she is now with her Savior.

She is survived by her son Craig Muessig, wife Alice and their daughter Betty Marie, daughter Teena Zihlman, husband Andy, and their three children, Coleen (Brian), Caroline (John), and Kurt (Carrie), son Jeff Muessig and wife Cindy, and their three children Lori (Keith), Jeni (David), and Will. Janet was the caboose along with her son Chris Coyle, his son Jacob and Katie, Jacob's mom. She was extremely blessed with her eight grandchildren who she cherished and also her twelve great grandchildren, Jacob, Ellie, Millie, Hattie in September, Hadley, Reagan, Brett, Maggie, Avery, Mason, Lee, and Lucy. One of the last things mom said when she went to the hospital was, "Take care of those babies!"

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saint Michael the Archangel Food Pantry, 950 Trails Parkway, Garland, Texas 75043, www.stmichaelgarland.org, in honor of Mary and Bill Muessig. The family will hold a private Mass of Christian Burial, and a public celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date due to the current pandemic. "Well done, good and faithful servant . . . enter into the joy of thy Master!"

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Anthony Roffino

24 August 2020

Mother Mary what a wonderful woman. I was blessed to have known two Mother Marys, and I miss them both. This Mary however could predict the future........There was a time when I CARRIED her oldest son home one evening, she met us at the door. She then told me to take him away. I can still recall those famous words "Craig you are no good, you never were, and you never will be." I think she was right...............ha

Carlos Palomo

11 August 2020

Dear Craig (Compadre) , Teena, Jeff, Janet and the entire extended Muessig familia: Sending all of you my heartfelt condolences. Mother Mary will always be remembered for accepting me and many others a member of her own family. Her many words of wisdom were always followed by her infectious smile. She was a great extra Mom to have in my formative years. She will be missed but always remembered for a life well lived! Rest In Peace Mother Mary! Carlos Palomo BL Class of ‘69

Bill Donahue

10 August 2020

Dear Craig and family,
Your mother treated all of us as family. She worried about us, she scolded us, she almost tried to ground us. My best memory was the look on her face when after stating that she caught us almost all the time when we did something wrong. I was able finish her commentary with " well Mrs Muessig you caught us only a few times". With that her eyes raised to the heavens and shouted 'Oh My God". She was a great lady and a very important part of my growing up years.

Bill D Class of 69

Betty Muessig

9 August 2020

My dear, sweet Nana was always the first to tell anyone how blessed she was. She was the ideal example of a woman who saw her glass halfway full, but more accurately, her cup runneth over. She did not appear to take anything for granted, but praised God for her gifts He gave her.
I'm so grateful to have gained another guardian angel to remind me that I get to choose to see my cup runneth over and count my blessings. And eat bacon. We always cooked and ate bacon together-it was the best. xoxo

Ed Nittler

5 August 2020

I met Mary at Avalon Memory Care Center when she moved there in June of 2016. Because of her infectious smile and winsome personality, she became an immediate friend with my wife and me. You could see the love she gave her family members and that love was returned. Mary was a lady that made friends and kept them as I observed friends and members of her church come to visit her. She was truly a blessed person as she lived her life to the fullest. On the twice a month Wednesday singing entertainment the care staff would help her up to dance to some of the songs. She would have the biggest smile on face because she was enjoying her time here on this earth. I know heaven has another child there with a big smile on her face as she greets her loved ones who have went before her. She left a legacy in her children of care and love and for that they will continue to honor her and be a blessing to others around them. Love and peace to the Muessig family.

Meg Domas

4 August 2020

Craig, Teena and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She sounded like a very warm and gracious woman. Clearly traits that she passed on to you both. Our thoughts are with you and all of your family.

Much Love,
Meg (Rud) and Ralph Domas

Clare Hogan

3 August 2020

Dear Craig, Tina and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. From the obituary, I could see that your mom was a wonderful person and loved by all who knew her. You all and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Clare Hogan
BL ‘69

Linda Lyons Dehan

3 August 2020

Dear Teena and Craig,

With sympathy for the loss of your beloved mother. Loosing a parent is most difficult. May the comfort of the Holy Spirit bring you deep consolation and comfort as you endure this grievous trial.

God's blessings,

Linda Lyons Dehan

Judy Coyne

3 August 2020

Dear Craig and Family,
So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. From the obituary I read, it sounds like she had a full and wonderful life. I'm sure Bill is thrilled to have her once again by his side. Peace to all.

Judy

Julie Lawrence

3 August 2020

Dearest Craig and Teena ~ I will always remember your sweet Mother. She had the cutest personality and I always felt welcome in your home because of her kindness. May God carry you as you walk this journey of grief. You always miss your parents....much love and prayers.

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