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Donna Mueller, 81, dies

Donna Mueller

Donna I. Mueller, 81, of Hudson died Sunday at the Arthur Rose Care Center in New Richmond after being diagnosed with cancer last fall.

She and her husband, Dick, owned and operated True Value Hardware in Hudson for several decades. The store, which began operation in downtown Hudson, moved to Plaza 94 in 1976 and remained there until closing in the summer of 2008.

The True Value Hardware store carried on a tradition that was started in 1894 in downtown Hudson. James Oliver owned the original store under the name of Oliver's Hardware. He went into a partnership with Oscar Nelson in 1907 and the business was known as Oliver & Nelson until 1923.

At that time, Theodore Suennen purchased Oliver's interest and the store was Nelson & Suennen until the sale to the late George Mueller (Dick's father) and Donald Wendt in 1947. Mueller bought out Wendt in 1951.

Dick Mueller began working in the store in 1947 at age 22.

Donna and Dick married on Sept. 18, 1949. According to the family, Donna was the driving force and inspiration that fueled the family business.

Donna was born on Feb. 4, 1928, in Woodville. She is the daughter of Hobart and Docia St. Ores (Lunde) Norvold. Her family moved to Hudson, where she graduated from Hudson High School in 1945.

The couple had five children -- Kristen, Bruce, Leslie (Degner), Scott, and Annie (Blide), nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life is scheduled Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Hudson with Pastor Dan Bruch officiating. Visitation is Friday, 4 to 8 p.m., at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson and one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday. For more information see the obituary on page 4C of the print edition, or online beginning Friday, June 19.