Smith-McCracken Funeral Home

63 High St., Newton, NJ


Bruce A. Mueller

November 30, 1950July 22, 2020

Bruce A. Mueller, 69, of Newton, died Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at Morristown Medical Center.

Bruce was born in Paterson to the late Harold and Margaret (Philly) Mueller and was raised in the Hackettstown area. Bruce worked as a Licensed Water and Waste Water Operator for Mt. Olive Villages Water and Sewer Company for the past 37 years and served as a board member of the New Jersey Water Association. Bruce was a dedicated husband, father and friend to everyone he met.

Bruce is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Judy Mueller; his son, Brian Mueller; his daughter Kelli Mueller and her husband, Samuel Pavelis; his sister Patricia Mueller Shemonsky and many close family members and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2020, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bruce’s memory to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105


  • Judy Mueller, Wife
  • Brian Mueller, Son
  • Kelli Mueller (Samuel Pavelis), Daughter
  • Patricia Mueller Shemonsky, Sister


  • Visitation

    Friday, July 24, 2020


Bruce A. Mueller

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John Schaffer

July 24, 2020

Bruce always presented a kind smile, good laugh and genuine love of life. He was a willing hand and kind soul who brought a light to any gathering and many memories of good times. A loving husband and father he always put family first and brought laughter to many family gatherings to which I was part. Good memories. Thanks Bruce for being part of my life. Until we meet again.

Bonnie Wagner

July 24, 2020

What a great guy! I remember taking the dogs out in the morning and hear him whistling. After not hearing that, knowing something was wrong, it was sad. Our best to the whole family. He will be greatly missed.!!

Bonnie and Dennis Wagner

Joseph Wagner

July 24, 2020

My sincere condolences. Bruce was always happy, whistling away. His laughter was contagious and he always had time for a quick chat. He will be greatly missed.

Ben & Lilla Asani

July 24, 2020

Bruce's big heart and personality were contagious. He was a great man and will surely be missed. Our hearts break for you and your family during this incredibly difficult time.

Wishing you peace,
Ben & Lilla

Dorothy (Meyer) Haggerty

July 24, 2020

Judy and Family, Jim and I are so sorry to hear about Bruce. I remember meeting him when my Mom (Thelma) worked at the Allamuchy store. Then we would see him frequently when he worked for Lake Lenape Water Co. He was the most pleasant man, always smiling and took time to chat. I’m sure there are so many people who will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time.

Josephine Fracasso

July 23, 2020

Heartfelt sympathy goes to the family and friends of Bruce
He was an amazing person to know always happy and ready to help his family.
He will be greatly missed by all that where lucky enough to know such a special man.

Patricia Shemonsky

July 23, 2020

Dear Judy, Kelli, Brian and Sam ,
Words can not express how I an feeling. I pray we find the strength though this difficult time !!
There are many tears as I write this,,,but then smiles as I remember Bruce and all the fun times !!
Kelli had asked about the story of his bandaged knee !! He wanted to play with the fish. so he moved an empty old , cracked fish tank ..pushed it to the big tank...climbed up on it and fell though. Though all the crying when asked what happened...he said " The fish bit me !!! "
He LOVED to pull pranks on our cousins Kenny and Stephen Phily . One time playing cowboys and Indians...Bruce put war paint on Stephen's face with food coloring !! The nuns at their Catholic School were not happy !! Another time he talked them into going on a walk around the block...of course their blocks are very small living in Clifton !! So out we went and 4 hours later we made it back home !! They were not expecting that one !!! LOL
Most of the time Bruce's comedic relief had us in stitches while making memories!! I will always remember how he was a friend to everyone....that smile on his face ..and most of all that
mischievous look in his eye !! I will LOVE you forever.Give Mom a hug and kiss tell her and the rest of the family they are always in my heart ! Love you , Pat

Nancy McCabe

July 23, 2020

Judy, so sorry to hear this sad news. Bruce was always a positive
guy, who liked to laugh at life.
It was a pleasure knowing him and I will keep you all in my prayers.

Rosanna Lovecchio

July 23, 2020

I am truly sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. He was one of a kind and I will miss him. It was a sincere pleasure to have been his Optometrist for the last 25 or so years. He was more than a patient, I considered him a friend. I always looked forward to his appointments.
Bruce filled the room with his warmth, intelligence and humor. I loved our conversations which always made me get a little behind in my schedule. However, I truly didn't mind that because he always left me smiling and laughing.

"Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal; Love leaves a memory that no one can steal."

Rest in Peace my dear friend.

Mitch Mickley

July 23, 2020

Bruce was a great friend and mentor. He was extremely kind and funny. His door was always open and he loved to serve his community. I loved to talk to him about the environment and all of the wildlife he would constantly encounter at work and also in his free time. It seemed to bring him so much peace and pleasure to talk about and be in nature. Bruce is one of the few people that I could say with absolute certainty, he loved his job, he loved his family and his compassion knew no bounds! He is a true shinning example of a natural born leader and I will miss him dearly!