S: HAPPY 50th ANNIVERSARY!
BC: ... as long as you both shall live! | ... to have and to hold from this day forward...
FC: Lyle and Nancy Mueller August 5, 1961 Fifty Years and Counting!
1: Happy Anniversary! | CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you for being a wonderful example of a loving, lasting Christian marriage. Many friends and family throughout the world are thinking of you and sending their memories, fond thoughts, and good wishes as you celebrate and reflect on 50 years together and look forward to all the years ahead. Warmest wishes and love to you!
2: lots of love and wishes from your family!
3: three kids who love love love you and the journey we share!
4: the family that has paved the road before us...
5: ...and made us who we are today.
6: Ted & Judianne Rutkowski | Ruth Gramzow | Don & Dana Ruland | the Cahills | Betty Eich | friends who have touched our lives...
7: ... and shared our stories, adventures, tears, and laughter! | Lee Dougherty | Lois Schaefer | Dan Mallin | Ken & Mary Beth Reist
8: Dear Lyle & Nancy - on the occasion of your 50th anniversary... Fifty years have come and gone since you became husband and wife. You stood before God’s altar and promised it would last for life. Your golden anniversary, great value, to be sure. The love that bonded you as one God helped you to endure. God blessed you with a family each one a special gift. Each one in many special ways gave your lives a special lift. You taught them each to know the Lord; you trained them on their way. And now they each share Jesus with their children every day. The impact you’ve had on others as you labored here below; The lives you’ve touched unknowingly; how many, you’ll never know. For God has used your faithfulness in sharing His special love. The numbers that you’ve led to Christ are known only to God above. Our partnership at AGLC has helped our friendship grow. The impact you’ve had at AGLC has touched us all, you know. You’ve shared your faith in Jesus Christ with neighbors and with friends. Together you’ve been examples of what God’s call to us intends. So as you celebrate the fifty years that God has given you, You know it was not on you own that you have made it through. Instead, God blessed you richly and walked with you each day. You talked with Jesus daily as you read His Word and prayed. We’re happy that your plans worked out to share this special time. I’m glad that I could, pen in hand, one more special rhyme. Your family and your many friends share blessings here today. To wish you both the very best as you continue on life’s way. May God grant you every blessing in all future things you do. May you walk with Jesus every day as He will walk with you. May every joy be multiplied and each trouble be very small. May your future days be fruitful as together your seek God’s call. Fear not, He’s always with you; just put Him to the test. You’ll find He’ll bless your every prayer ‘till your eternal rest. Continue to live in Jesus. Just trust and have no fears. Your wedded bliss will magnify throughout the coming years. | Ralph & Jan Grewe
9: CONGRATULATIONS LYLE AND NANCY ON YOUR 50 YEARS OF WEDDED BLISS! We wish you many more happy years together! You have been such great friends and neighbors during these past ten years. We especially appreciate being invited to your wonderful Thanksgiving dinners each year. Thank you so much for thinking of us on many occasions. You are truly a wonderful Christian couple! With love, | Shirley & George Martin | Dear Lyle and Nancy, Congratulations! What a milestone! You have a lot to celebrate. But it seems to us, you've shared these 50 years celebrating every day by rejoicing in simple pleasures, facing challenges with faith and hope, loving each other as Jesus loves you. Thanks for befriending us and our family when we came to Christ Memorial. You even helped us move, Lyle. You shared my love for sewing and LWML, Nancy. We cherish those happy times we shared as couples and families. God keep you in his loving care in the years ahead. In Jesus' love, | Dan & Donna Streufert | Uncle Lyle and Aunt Nancy, 50 years and counting... What a plan God had, and has for you both. So take a moment to look back at all the blessings you've received. the love you've shared. the roads you've traveled. You could say, what an Awesome God! May both of you enjoy another 50 years and counting..... Love, | Mike & Beth Mueller, Henry, Hudson, & Presley
10: My oh my, 50 years already! It seems like just a few years ago that this friendly couple moved into Lloyd's house in 1965. So many memories... the lannon stone path that Bill and you built through the evergreens between our homes, that you each snowplowed half of each winter, the nifty playyard between our homes that was supposed to be an ideal place for the 4 kids to play so Nancy and I could get some housework done... that Peter and Billy quickly figured out how to climb through the fence posts, the way Nancy and I spelled each other one morning a week so we could shop etc., the 4th of July in our big station wagon with the kids in their jammies watching fireworks at Lincoln Park and then lighting sparklers in our backyards, cranking ice cream on our patio on the 4th to eat after the fireworks... You were always there for all the ordinary day by day things and also the special times for both our families. We are so blessed to have had you as our neighbors and friends for oh so many years!!! God bless you! All our love, | Bill & Dotty Bye | Julie, Brenda, & Kathy and their kids! | Fifty years!! Someone is counting wrong; you can't be that old. Here's to the next Fifty!! | Kent & Ruth Karohl | Uncle Lyle & Aunt Nancy, Happy 50th from the Gabert 5 in Las Vegas! Brent & Tina Gabert, Lucille, Caroline, and Douglas | Congratulations Lyle and Nancy! May the following years be as happy for you as the first 50! | Ralph & Sally Melton
11: Glücklich allein ist die Seele, die liebt. (The only truly happy soul is the one that loves.) - J.W. von Goethe 23 years, two families, one friendship. From Germany to America and back. The circle of life. Best wishes and happy 50th anniversary! Your German son and his family - | Wolfgang Naesser, Jenny, Jana and Mila | Becky Gabert | Aunt Nancy and Uncle Lyle - God's blessings to you on your anniversary. Love, | To Nancy and Lyle Congratulations on reaching the special milestone of 50 years of marriage. I can remember the special occasion of your wedding at St Johns in Valmy. We know that God has truly blessed your marriage. Of course, it was always easy to remember your wedding date as it was the same as Grandpa Gabert's birthday. We've enjoyed having you visit us here in Canby, OR (we usually ate at Gustavs and played dominoes.) We pray that God will continue to bless your lives. | Augie & Betty Gabert
12: Lyle and Nancy, Congratulations on your 50th Wedding Anniversary! This is a huge milestone and deserves a big celebration. Thank you for being such a wonderful role model to those around you. We are blessed to be partnering with you in the ministry at Amazing Grace and to have you as friends. We love you both! | Ken & Ava Hovis | As I sit at the keyboard, I have a constant reminder of Lyle’s kindness just about 3- 4 ft. away. Several years ago, he constructed a beautiful bookcase for us that we desperately needed. He built it, I painted it and it’s not only functional but so attractive. His workmanship is superb. We are so blessed to know them both. We also remember good times around their dinner table. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen as much of them as we’d like now that we don’t see them at Trinity. | Our resolve is to get back into the groove of golf with them and continued good fellowship. | Roy & Heidi Zerbe | Steve & Lori Rockey Rachel, Jessica, & Kaitlin | Lyle and Nancy, Congratulations on your 50 years of marriage. Marriage is a gift from God, and you two have taken that gift, and are a beacon for others when looking at what a marriage should be. No marriage is perfect, but your witness to your faith, and the joy of marriage is an inspiration to others. Blessings,
13: Dear Lyle & Nancy, On the occassion of your 50th wedding anniversary it seems appropriate to say "God's blessings," but in truth looking at your lives one can easily see how blessed you have been. Yet we celebrate with you all of God's grace and blessings throughout your lives! When I first met the two of you, I discovered two humble, gifted and joy-filled servants of Christ. You immediately opened your home to our family as we transitioned into the area - for that blessing we are deeply grateful. Yet more importantly you opened your hearts to us and have kept your voices lifted up in prayer on our behalf. As you celebrate 50 years of marriage, there is something more. We celebrate 50 years of Christian marriage, love and witness! Indeed you have been wonderful witnesses of God's unceasing and unconditional love. So may your day be filled with joy and blessing as you give thanks to the Lord for all His blessings in your lives, and may you continue to share those blessings for Christ's glory in all you do! | Pastor James Rockey, Martha, Elizabeth, and Julia
14: Dear Lyle and Nancy, Congratulations on your 50th Wedding Anniversary. I'm sure it doesn't seem possible that 50 years has already gone by. When you reflect back over those years, think of all the people you came in contact with, and all the ways you have helped all of them. Except for me, Lyle, -- I'm still hopeless around a computer! I wish you much peace, joy, happiness and many more years of wedded bliss. | Alta McCarthy | Fond memories of our times with Lyle and Nancy began with our meeting in Alaska in 2005. We soon learned that they are fun traveling companions and generally "wonderful people". A trip to Key West in 2008 included a stop at The Villages where we were welcomed by these friends with a place to stay, a fish boil meal, and a guided tour of the area. We continued traveling together and formed too many great memories to list. Pictures I included show a sample of these fun times... the traveling group at the Southernmost Point in the U.S., the Sunset Pier Bar in Mallory Square where we watched the beautiful sunset, and the lineup at our campground in the Everglades where we watched a lunar eclipse. These were great times for us with friends like these to share them! Congratulations Lyle and Nancy! We wish many more happy years for you both. | Mike & Margie Rion | Dear Friends in Christ, Wow! Half a century, two score and ten, 600 months, 18,250 days, 438,000 hours, 26,280,000 minutes, or 50 years. However you look at it, God is great for blessing you with so much time together. You are a model couple of what God's plan is by turning your blessings around to raise a Christian family and minister to friends and neighbors. May our gracious Lord continue to shower you with many more years as a couple. Love and blessings from above, | Jim & Carol Keenan
15: Congratulations "Mom & Dad Mueller" on 50 years together! I'm glad to have known you for almost the last 25 years - from the days of eating baked goods from your kitchen & sleeping in the bunk beds on high school sleepovers (or not sleeping due to excess coffee bean consumption). Visits to the farm in Door County (the jeep made it back - antiques and all), Grandma Mueller's in Winneconne, the Villages in Florida, Robin & Jeff's wedding celebrations & everywhere in between! Keep up the traveling through the countryside in your RV & enjoy all those miles you spend together. Wishing you even more years of fun together - God's blessings to you both & we hope to see you in Wisconsin or Florida again soon - we'll just keep adding to the memories! Happy Anniversary! All of the Lamms & McGraws send you a BIG hug from Wisconsin! | Laurie Lamm McGraw, Eric, Grant and Reid | Lyle and Nancy, Congratulations on 50 Years of Marriage! May God continue to bless you with many more years together filled with much love and happiness. Love, | Sheila Kamprath & Kevin Gibb | Congratulations, best wishes, and God's blessings on your 50th Anniversary from | Ron & Carol Kamprath | In 2005 our little travel group from Kansas City first met Nancy & Lyle in Alaska where we adopted them---or did they adopt us? Either way, we spent some great times traveling, having a delicious salmon dinner expertly filleted & cooked by Lyle, & enjoying Happy Hours with them. None of us will ever forget their surprise arrival at Moose's Tooth! When our group went to Florida, not only did Nancy & Lyle welcome us, but their dear Villages friends provided rooms for each couple in their homes. Once again, Lyle proved he is quite a chef manning the pot for a true Wisconsin fish boil, & the girls enjoyed a tour of The Villages in Nancy's snazzy convertible. We know that 2 such wonderful people will have a wonderful anniversary & wish them many more years of travel & happiness! | Carl & Kacey Felling
16: Lyle and Nancy, we wish you much love, joy, and happiness as you celebrate your 50th. weddding anniversary on August 5th, 2011. We treasure our long friendship with you from our teaching days in Whitefish Bay to enjoying retirement and vacations here in Wisconsin and your lovely home in Florida. Many great memories. God bless you, dear friends. Love, | Rick & Jo O'Connor
17: Nancy and Lyle, reaching 50 years together is like having the King and Queen of Hearts in the same hand and picking the Queens of Clubs and spades in the blind. Congratulations - | Elaine & Shel Goldman | Lyle and Nancy, Congratulations! Enjoy every moment of this very special occasion celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary. Our thoughts will be with you on this marvelous day. May the Lord be with you and bless you as you continue to enjoy your lives together. | Ted & Kathy Akerlund | Dear Brother and “Sister”, Where have the years gone? Seems like just yesterday that I was spying on you and teacher Nancy in our living room! Then came the wedding that Micki and I were both happy to be a part of. What memories we have of the family get- togethers throughout the years. And now you are so fortunate to be able to celebrate 50 years together! What a blessing! Now we pray that God will continue to be with you and your family in the future. Love you both, | Ron & Micki Mueller | Congratulations on your 50th Wedding Anniversary! By God's Grace you have reached a milestone many couples cannot celebrate. I hope you will reflect on many memories of by-gone days that have been especially important to the two of you. I wish you many more years of happiness together in good health. The Lord Bless You and keep You, The Lord make His face shine on You and be gracious unto You, The Lord lift up His countenance upon You and give you peace (our wedding text). Lovingly, | Mom
18: Dear Lyle and Nancy, Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary. What a great milestone! We pray that God will richly bless you with good health and many more happy years together. Gene & I have fond memories of times spent with you. What fun we had at the many Christian fellowship gatherings at your home. Nancy, you always served yummy food and you both were fantastic hosts. We also appreciate your dedication to the work of the Lord at Christ Memorial. Lyle, you may remember the long (but productive) Board of Ed meetings. Nancy, it was fun serving with you at LWML. And then there was the Packers game when we were joined by the Streuferts. And the picnic we had in Door County when you graciously showed us the sights. Nice memories! It has been a joy keeping in touch through the years. We hope that soon it will be in person. Do come and visit us when you can. We would love to see you again. God bless your special anniversary day and keep you in His gracious care always. With our love, | Gene & Carolyn Fiedler | Lyle and Nancy made a huge impression on me at a really important time in my life. I remember being welcomed into their home on a regular basis during my year in the 'States as an AFS student, and for that welcome to be incredibly warm. They shared not only their home, but a good dollop of wisdom and humility which a headstrong, cocky young Kiwi needed at that time. It was great to see them both in June, and looking forward to catching up again in the future. 50 years is a wonderful achievement - here's to many more! | Andrew Kilsby, Rachelle and Sam | Dear Nancy and Lyle - Happy 50th anniversary. Hope you will have many good years together to come. It was great seeing you again in June, you both looked very much like you did 20 years ago. Hope you will have a great celebration. Love, | Anne Kim Krakeli Elton, Stian and Vilde
19: LYLE & NANCY MUELLER - Memories as they celebrate 50 years... College Days: Lyle’s home in Winneconne was a home away from home for Paul, with nights and meals there to get out of the college scene. Gamma Delta – The Lutheran students' group drew us together in local meetings (Oshkosh) and then on to conventions. Another student – Dave Steinert – also became our close friend. We all met our wives in Gamma Delta and are still married to those gals! Wedding: Dave and I were ushers at the Muellers' wedding, but you will not find us in any of the wedding pictures. . . We were busy putting Lyle’s car up on blocks at the motel, along with a few cans wired to the frame of the car... Early Family Camping: As families grew, so did our interest in camping. Some great memories of our very “stylized” forms of travel and equipment. No RVs in those days! We even attempted a canoe trip on the Kickapoo River in the lightning/thunder and rain!!! Downstream destination proved to be a very muddy landing site! Oh my, yes! In later years: The Farm in Door County provided a meeting place for weekend gatherings. Some good times with table games that Joan Steinert always won, but she claimed not to know how to play “that game”! We now gather annually in the Wisconsin Dells, swap stories and act like the “three wise guys” (moderately). Of Note: Did I mention that Lyle was best man for our wedding, and with Nancy, signed our marriage document? They have us hitched alright. Well wishes and Blessings to you! Treasure that which God has given by grace; walk many more years in His favor. | Paul & Jean Schoenike
20: Dear Lyle and Nancy, How is it possible that two such young people have been married for 50 years? Were you 12 when you got hitched? We have such fond memories of being with you and your family over some of those 50. How about camping and campfires at Big Lake? We still have the pudgie pie makers here in the garage at Papoose. We can't forget rain storms at the little cottage with the water pouring in the front windows! Lots of water skiing, sunning, pontoon boat riding, eating, and other lake fun took place with our two families. Great memories. Bob relates the "good time" wall stores and just so you know, our grandchildren are now playing with the Fisher Price school house. It's a classic! Anna is even wearing the little blue life jacket that we think was Robin's. We have several new ones for her, but she likes that one the best. We were blessed to share time with you as your family lived life with gusto. Traveling, building a new life in Florida, enjoying the joys of grand parenthood, and watching all your kids turn into such fine adults. Beth, Peter, and Robin along with their families are so lucky to have had your guidance and love as they grew up. Happy 50th wedding anniversary to a special couple. With love and congratulations! | Bob & Pat Dillon | Dear Lyle and Nancy, God Bless you on your 50th wedding anniversary and wishing you many more. Have a great day! | Jim & Karen Ash
21: Our travel group took a trip to Florida in 2008. One of our first stops was the Villages. Several days after we left there, Lyle and Nancy joined us for part of the trip to the Dry Tortugas and to the Everglades. It was a great trip with a lot of fond memories. Congratulations! | George & Barb Chase | Uncle Lyle & Aunt Nancy, We wish you God's blessings on your 50th wedding anniversary. You have been blessed with so many travels during your marriage. We remember fondly your visit to Alaska and how excited Joshua was with your real RV and the toy one you gave him. Love, | Jon & Ginny Kehren, Joshua and Jason | Nancy and Lyle -- Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary. May you enjoy many more years of travel, great relationships, and especially the company between the two of you. Joy and our prayers are with you. | Trent & Salva Gabert | Congrats to you on a wonderful loving marriage. Enjoy many more years to come! Love, | Matt & Becky Mueller, Gibson and Frehley | Happy Anniversary to you Lyle & Nancy... I was back in Alaska this summer of 2011 for 4 1/2 weeks... here I am up on the summit of Flat Top Mountain near Anchorage... my first time up there... it was on the list. Love, | Karen Fahrmeier
22: Hi mom and dad, grandma' and grandpa' Mueller Happy anniversary! 50 years is a long time in today's world, you did it :-) and have hopefully many good years ahead. I remember the great year I stayed with you in Milwaukee, you made me feel like a part of the family and there was no difference between Robin and I, thanks for that, you did at great job. The year I spent in US was one of my best years and I got so many great memories with me home to the Faroes. I remember that I sad at the time being that The Faroe Islands was not Denmark, but just belonged to Denmark and that I would not ever live there, but guess what - I lied... I went to Denmark for school and met my husband Brian (from Denmark) and today we have a two wonderfull girls Tanja 11 years old and Julie 9 years old. Your first grandchildren! They still talk about our visit in Florida in 2006, about the golfcart and Disney World. I am grateful for that you took the time to come visit us in the Faroe Islands and Denmark. You are always welcome to come again! With this little greeting I hope that you will have a happy anniversary and many great years to come. Love always Your AFS daughter | Heidi & Brian Jensen, Tanja and Julie
23: Dear Lyle & Nancy, Congratuations on 50 years of wedded bliss! Our paths crossed when I was serving Shepherd of the Ridge in Milwaukee. Then when you moved to the Villages and became a part of that new ministry, I began to see what gifts of God you both were to me and to the church. I am sure if I would try to list the areas of ministry you became a part of, I would miss so many and you would wonder, why I didn't mention them. Nancy, let me just highlight your work with the Scrappy Quilters. I know you have done so much more, like with women's ministry and LWML, but let me just say that I see you as a very dedicated servant and missionary in God's kingdom. And Lyle, I have seen you as a close friend and companion for years. We have had many a long talk in our homes or over the phone. We always seem to be on the same wavelength. You are so talented in so many ways, but what stands out in my mind are your woodworking skills which you have used to the Glory of God in so many ways over the years. The gifts you made for first time visitors: the butterfly cross, fish, and manger scene are just some examples of gifts you have given to people at Trinity, Amazing Grace and to my ministry at the Gables in Germantown, WI. One memory stands out in my mind about you both. It was when I decided to rent a recreation hall in the Villages to see what interest there would be in forming a new mission church there, whch later became Amazing Grace. You came chugging along in your golf cart and very firmly and politely told me that you decided to come to take some pictures of the event, but had no interest in being a part of the new mission. I am so pleased and thankful that you both decided to eat your words and have become such an important part of that thriving new mission. The Holy Spirit works His wonders in marvelous ways. Now my memories of you in the Villages aren't just church memories either. The golf outings we enjoyed. And we had some wonderful times together as we gathered on Sunday afternoons either in your home or ours to watch our favorite football team - THE GREEN BAY PACKERS. may they repeat their 2010 season this year... Love in Christ, | Dick Markworth | Uncle Lyle and Aunt Nancy, Congratulations on 50 years of marriage!! We wish you many more happy years together! Love, | Julie & Kelly Angell, Carly, Caleb, and Seth
24: Uncle Lyle and Aunt Nancy, Congrats to the two of you for 50 wonderful years of marriage! You two have been such influential people throughout my entire life and the memories we have together will not be forgotten. First of all, I have to thank you, Uncle Lyle, for setting up my dad and my mom. Obviously I wouldn't even be writing this if it wasn't for you. I grew up hearing the stories about "Trust Me" and while I don't fully understand the background of that story, I am glad that my parents did just that when you introduced the two of them. Some of my greatest childhood memories include the two of you. I always loved coming over to your house. I remember playing with your kids out in the back and getting a bit too close to the pine trees, requiring Uncle Lyle to wash my hands (and arms, and legs) with turpentine. I was always fascinated with Beth and Robin's doll house and their "really cool room" with the neat compartments, shelves, and bunkbeds. I remember that my dad and I were over once and Peter came up to me asking me about my stuffed animal collection that I had brought with me. He was distinctly interested in my Pooh Bear which, looking back, was probably because it was recognizable. I remember looking forward to Christmas celebrations with your family. Aunt Nancy always made wonderful meals and we got to sit on the "cozy" seat in your kitchen, amidst the dim lighting for ambiance. During the summer we would come over and Aunt Nancy would go out into the garden and place human hair on the plants in order to keep the rabbits away (honestly, I've toyed with this same idea now as the bunnies in my neighborhood "tend" my garden more than I do). I remember that you two would always create these cool license plate ideas that would, hopefully, make others think. One was 24 TRAVL and the other was HBLDSP (which, you'll be proud that I know it meant Honey Bun Lovey Dove Sweetie Pie). (I hope I remembered those correctly). These memories don't even include camping! Clearly, you were the force that finally convinced dad that he needed to travel differently. Our first camping trip was together at Governor Dodge State Park (still, one of my favorites). I thought it was cool when we took a hiking trip to Stephen Falls and Uncle Lyle took his walking stick with him. You taught me what lichen was and steered me away from poison ivy (thank you!). We cooked in the cast iron skillet over the fire, played dominoes, told stories ("A Benny Shaved is a Benny Urned"), and enjoyed Aunt Nancy's famous apple pancakes in the morning. I don't know if I would have loved traveling as much as I do now if it wasn't for your influence. More recently you two were supportive of our marriage when you read the select Bible verse and said a prayer at our wedding. You have welcomed Brian into our extended family and he has enjoyed getting to know you both (and golfing, too!). The guidance you have given me spiritually is priceless. You both held me as my godparents on my baptismal day, have supported me throughout my life, and I still feel the support and encouragement today. | (Sarah & Brian Handlos, continue...)
25: As a teacher speaking to former teachers, you both understand that our calling is to teach, motivate, encourage, support, and be a part of raising children to believe in themselves, treat others with dignity and respect, and make good decisions. You both have been two "teachers" in my life and I am sincerely thankful for that. As a side note, being especially close with my dad I know how much he respects and admires the two of you. Uncle Lyle, you were another brother to him throughout his life and the way he speaks of you and recounts his childhood with you reinforces, to me, how positively influential you are to those around you. Thanks for being 'that cousin' to him. While I could continue writing all of the memories and anecdotes I have of the two of you, I know that it would get a bit lengthy. Please let me sum it up with this statement: Congratulations on 50 wonderful years together. In addition to loving each other unconditionally, you have also loved others with whom you have met. Your genuine care, support, kindness, and encouragement is evident not only within your relationship but it extends to your other relationships as well. Thank you for being the fabulous people that you are. May the "bells" continue to ring for you! 'Cheers' to 50 more wonderful years together! With love from your goddaughter, | Sarah & Brian Handlos | Lyle and Nancy, Congratulations on your 50th anniversary. It is a wonderful milestone and I hope that there will be many more. Our time together either professionally at Richards or on the trail camping certainly bring back fond memories. I remember the visit to Nancy's parent's farm as a special highlight. May God bless and may there be many more great times to remember. | Bob & Sandy Kattman
26: Lyle & Nancy – What we remember & cherish of our relationship over the past 50 + years... College Days: The “3 Wise Men” began their relationship at Oshkosh State College and Gamma Delta. What fun we had in developing and running Gamma Delta. Lyle, Paul and Dave traded the Gamma Delta leadership back & forth during those college years. It was through Gamma Delta that we meet our spouses. Lyle & Nancy, Jean & Paul and Dave & Joan became three couples that would share their life and family experience for the next 50 years. Joan would go to Nancy’s home on the weekend so she wouldn’t have to worry about the dorm curfew. We graduated and off we went to be teachers. Wedding: Lyle was the best man in our wedding and Paul served as an usher and of course Dave was the groom. If you take a look at the wedding picture of 07/01/1961 you see these 3 young men with crew cuts/flat tops. Today Lyle maintains a fairly good head of hair but Paul and Dave have had the entire hair crew bailout. Family Camping: Certainly our many trips to Camp LuWiSoMo and the family worship at the chapel are still pictured in our mind. We had many great memories of LuWiSoMo such as the boys playing with the fire and the great Frisbee games. Who was the best at Frisbee? Later Years: After the children grew up and retirement came we continued to get together at least once a year. We visited Lyle & Nancy at campgrounds where they were serving as Campground Hosts, such places as Hartmen Creek and Peninsula State Park. We would meet in Door County and have great times playing games, devotions together and trips around the peninsula. We would enjoy great meals and treats as prepared by Nancy. We were always interested in what Nancy and Lyle were doing craft wise. Finally: We cherish the relationship that we have had with you over the years and the time we had with you in devotions and worship of our Lord and Savior. Give thanks unto the Lord for He is good and His mercy endureth forever. Happy 50th Anniversary! | Dave & Joan Steinert
27: "CONGRATULATIONS" and Happy Anniversary! We only found a few pictures but here are some memories: 1. Northern Wisconsin-Fish Fry-Bloomingdale-Cook left 2. Painted Shoe 3. Governor Dodge-Camping-AV course 4. Peninsula State Park-Camping Kattmans-Snow Mobile-golf 5. Working on the farm 6. Only some of the fun we had together. Thanks for the memories!!! | Chuck & Judy Wedemeyer | Lyle and Nancy, Congratulations on celebrating your fiftieth wedding anniversary. Where did the time go? I still remember that day in Egg Harbor in 1961. It had some serious times and some hilarious times. It was a special day. Over these past fifty years God has richly blessed you. It is my prayer that he continues to bless you and grant you many more happy years together. Once again, happy anniversary. | Bill & Margie Meyer
28: "On the road" -- a phrase so appropriate for rummaging through the memories of the past 50 years. It is in that rummaging that I came across two images of Barb's watercolors that reminds us of Lyle and Nancy. The first, of the Kaiser Wilhelm church of Berlin and taking Robin along on a field study trip to Berlin with the Whitefish Bay High School German class. This along with my memories of Lyle and Nancy taking over the role of "greeter" to welcome me to my first teaching job at Richards School where Lyle and I taught during the Sixties and Seventies--what a transition!!--From the combat boots of duty in Germany to the Welcome Mat of the Muellers in Wisconsin! Their personal hospitality is one of the strongest memories of my 13 years of teaching with Lyle in Whitefish Bay. The other watercolor in our collection is of the Door County "homestead" of Nancy's family. Again, stirring up the recollection of "Heimat!"--that welcome feeling of sharing "home". I have to include my appreciation of Nancy's tolerance in sharing Lyle for the enjoyment of Sheepshead in their home and golf from Wisconsin to Alaska, each with a tale of their travels. Looking forward to more tales of the travels of Lyle and Nancy... | Don & Barb Rambadt | Lyle and Nancy, Congratulations on fifty wonderful years together. I still so fondly remember the New Year's football gatherings at your home in Milwaukee all those years ago. The photo of Molly and me is during a Packers game we saw on TV last fall. We always wear our cheeseheads for televised games! We wish you God's richest blessings for you and yours as you celebrate this day. | Paul & Sara Streufert, Molly and Penny
29: ANNIVERSARY WISHES - How do you begin to honor a half century of togetherness of two wonderful, fun, interesting and really great friends? We have been fortunate to be a part of their lives for portions of the 50 years. Our moments of laughter, tears of sadness and our joy and happiness help us appreciate the journey we have shared with both Lyle and Nancy. We have shared being a classmate to Lyle (both high school and Bruce/Lyle college experiences) and then getting to know Nancy as they began their life together. We continued our friendship at our many many class reunions. The updates and conversation as we shared arrival of our babies and their accomplishments as life went on are a few instances that come to mind. Then when retirement began we were fortunate to be at The Villages as their new home was being buit. I am enclosing a few pictures of those times in Florida. Lyle and Nancy have helped us smile a little bigger, care a little deeper and have helped us believe in the goodness of life – so we wish these very special dear friends much happiness and many more memories as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. Best Wishes from | Bruce & Nancy Armstrong | For Lyle and Nancy! Wherever you two go you have left your mark by your love for people and your churches. You have opened your home for dinners, Nancy blessed others with her sewing gift, Lyle with his wooden "butterflies", just to name a few. Also, most recently providing foursomes to help make golf tournament benefiting The Lutheran Hour a success. Thank you for your friendship and sharing your love for Christ to all you meet. May you enjoy many, many more grace-filled years together! | Sandy & John Starr | Dear Lyle and Nancy, Congratulations on your special anniversary! I remember when I lived in the Villages and you invited me to watch Packer games. I marveled at the decorations in your lanai, from pictures of the stadium to Packer helmet lights strung around the ceiling. Of course we ate brats. You two were so unselfish in sharing your time and talents at Trinity and also at Amazing Grace. I remember the butterfly magnets Lyle made. Nancy was active in Ladies Aid, and started a quilting group. Didn't some of the quilts go to the Forest People? The wooden sign marking our property up north in Wisconsin hangs at the driveway. I thank God for the gifts He has given you. May He grant you many years of grace together as you serve Him. | Marlene Markworth
30: Lyle & Nancy joined our group of Alaska travelers in 2005. Lyle showed us how to clean the salmon we obtained from local fishermen and two years later treated us to a fish boil and life in the Villages. We enjoyed traveling with them and entertaining them in Kansas City, including a tour of the Moon Marble company and barbecue. Congratulations on their 50th anniversary. We hope our travel paths cross again. | Janet & Bill Alexander | Dear Uncle Lyle and Aunt Nancy, Hap, hap, happy anniversary! What an amazing accomplishment! Thanks for all the great times we've shared (Door County, Circus Parade, times at the house in Glendale) and for the many hugs and kisses (from both of you, Uncle Lyle) throughout the years. Love you both, | Andy & Tracy Mueller, Hayden and Courtney | Aunt Nancy and Uncle Lyle, Congratulations on an amazing 50 years! We wish you many more wonderful years and lots of exciting travels together. Love, | Michele, David, & Thomas Stockwell
31: Lyle and Nancy-- Congratulations on 50 beautiful years!! Who would've thought that what started out as a little brother crying at your wedding would get to this point when he's about to turn 60!! Wow. How about a little trip down memory lane? Here's just a couple of things I remember that you might remember... --I remember you, Nancy, having to tell me more than once to stop bothering the chickens up at the farm. You'd take me up there for the weekend when you and Lyle were engaged. All I wanted to do was collect the eggs... --I remember, of course, the crying at your wedding. Good thing Mickey Mantle was around then because "he wouldn't cry..." Still couldn't get the whole "you're not losing a brother, you're gaining a sister" thing... --I remember visiting you one summer just after you'd moved into your home and the race riots broke out downtown. Kinda scary, but you seemed to know just what to do to make me feel okay. --I remember the sandwiches with the cold cuts, sliced eggs, and salad dressing (french?) on the hard roll buns. Yum! Perhaps the predecessor of Eggs McLyle??? --I remember freshman year at Madison and oldest brother picking me up with the pop-up on a Saturday morning, going squirrel hunting, and then camping out. Just what I needed when I was beginning to miss home. --I remember you telling me just before I started my first year of teaching, "Don't worry about how you do... the kids will learn in spite of you." So right and I've never forgotten it. It's been proven to be right hundreds of times since! --I remember my 2-year-old son driving your car. Backward. Into another parked car. --I remember 4th of July parades in the Glendale neighborhood and the bike decorating that took place beforehand. --I remember staying with you when I had first started with the bank, going to Brewer games, and grilling out. A home away from home! --I remember (well, I don't actually remember, but I know you did it) you re-roofing our house in Brown Deer so it would be easier to sell after we had moved to Florida and were making mortgage payments on two homes. I'll never forget that. Never. --I remember sitting with my two brothers in the hospital in Florida keeping watch with Mom while Dad battled the stroke that eventually took him home. --I remember watching our families grow over the years and how happy Mary and I are for you that you are experiencing the joys of being grandparents!! What a journey!! FIFTY years. It hardly seems possible that it has been that long. It seems more like seconds. Mary and I hope you have years and years more together, that you stay healthy, and that you can continue to watch your wonderful family grow. God Bless both of you!! With lots of love, | Ken & Mary Mueller
32: Dear Nancy and Lyle... Thrilled to hear you are now happily married for the last 50 years and wish you well and God's blessing for the next 50! Fond memories of happy times spent on our travels to Milwaukee and Florida and hope to see you in the not too distant future. From Dorset, England and with love too from Emma and family, Luke and his wife and son in a nearbye village.. | Lee & Phil Havard-James | Dear Lyle and Nancy, Congratulations on this very special anniversary. You have shared a lifetime of learning, a lifetime of caring, a journey together of giving and sharing. Happy "50th" Anniversary and God's Blessings for many more healthy and happy years. Warm Regards, | Jim & Carol Brooks | God promises to bring us through, and we are holding him to that promise. He has never failed. Happy 50th Anniversary! | Dale & Kathy Rundgren, Hannah, Walter, Audrey, Stephen, Nathan, and Elias | Dear Mr. and Mrs. Mueller, Congratulations on 50 years of marriage! Thank you for being a model of faithfulness and loyalty to everyone who knows you! I’ve only met you a few times, but even though I don’t know you well, I know Robin well. She is one of the most delightful, joyful, loving and thoughtful people I know. Thank you for raising her to be such an amazing person. God bless you with many more years of marriage and with love in abundance! | Lauren Vitrano-Wilson, Seth and Natalia | Dear Lyle and Nancy, Congratulations to you as you celebrate your 50th Anniversary! What a milestone you've reached. As a couple who have shared many of life's moments simultaneously with Robin and Jeff (marriage, parenthood), it's a true inspiration to behold that the institution of marriage is alive and thriving! As you recall your defining moments together, the good, the bad, the joyous, the sad, the love you share has obviously been the tie that binds Cheers to you two! May you live long enough to celebrate another 50 years together! | Lisa Baker (high school friend of Jeff's), Damian, & Owen
33: Dear Lyle and Nancy, Greetings and congratulations to both of you on this your special day. Fifty years have gone by and I’m sure both of you are feeling it only began yesterday. Fifty years have passed. Fifty years of family fifty years of expectations and fulfillments, fifty years of hopes and dreams, fifty years dotted with sorrow, disappointment, grief, loss of family and loved ones but also fifty years filled with the ever-present love, guidance, reassurance and peace that only comes from your Heavenly Father. Congratulations to both of you! The course you both have run thus far has been a great success. Thanks be to God! Keep on running! Anniversaries are times for reflections, especially on this your fiftieth. Permit me to turn the hourglass of time upside down and share some “I remember when” moments. First of all Lyle, the handlebars on your bike were not very comfortable when I sat on them as you rode around the streets of Winneconne delivering the morning newspaper. The big wire basket on the front of the bike held the folded papers for the day, you would pedal and I would attempt, with the biggest toss I could muster, to get the morning news on the porch of the local folk. Frequently I would miss but no one complained; at least you never told me. My butt got pretty sore after a morning's ride... I don’t know why you weren’t more considerate and put some padding on the handlebar. Every time our family went to Winneconne I would go into the front bedroom and look into the top drawer of your desk. I could always find the special “nickel puzzle” that would produce an extra five cents when tapped a certain way. I thought that was really cool. Then there was the time when you proved, at least to me, that you were destined to be a teacher. This turned out to be the best “teaching moment” of your life and mine too. Sex, the one topic that brings out the best or worst in all of us, it brought out the best in you one summer day when I was a mere inquisitive kid. Somehow we got on that topic and you shared with me the details of the birds and the bees, you broadened my knowledge base beyond what I could have ever imagined. You explained that this goes into what?? Wow, I never knew that before. That was exciting. I think at that moment I went into the bathroom. I never heard anything like that before and my mother never told me anything like what you said. I never forgot what you did. After all, many years later the knowledge that you as a teacher instilled in my head resulted in three kids of our own. Now that’s what I call an exemplary teacher. Good job, Mueller! Trust me Lyle, I figured it out myself. Let’s fast forward to exactly fifty years ago, your wedding day. The ceremony had ended, the reception was over and you and Nancy were headed out on the first night of your honeymoon. Your hearts must have been beating in expectation of what was about to take place that night. The two of you were set, all your stuff packed into your car, you’ve said your last good-bye’s to family and friends and you are about to hit the road. You’re both set in your four-wheeled trusty steed, you put that baby in gear, hit the gas and nothing happens. Oops! Somehow the back wheels of that tin lizzy were off the ground by just about a half inch. I can’t imagine how that happened. It was fun to see the tires spin. It was also fun to see the frustration on both your faces. However, after encouragement from your family and friends (encouragement, yes - helping hands, no) the two of you were off. Obviously the remainder of the evening went well; after all, here you are fifty years later. | (Ralph & Phyllis Meyer, continue...)
34: Riverview Drive became home. Your family expands, the Lord blesses you with Peter, Beth and Robin. The two of you continue to develop a portion of your life that you started shortly after you were married - camping. First there were several station wagons, then a van, followed by a pop-up and then the travel trailer (I think I have the sequence right). Over the years you took your family and your foreign exchange family to see many parts of this great land. You and your kids all became hooked on the love of travel. Of course home ownership brought along with it the need for maintenance I remember how Lyle and I became very familiar with the layout of the Sears hardware department. From car repair, plumbing, electrical work, painting, carpentry, cabinet making, nothing stopped us. I remember the many good times we had working together either at your house or on 40th street. Those are years that I will not soon forget. Thanks Lyle for all the things you taught me. Then came that special phone call. It seems that I was trying to move on with my life, to get out from under my focus on tools, guns and work, but I wasn’t sure how to do it. The two of you sensed that and Nancy made a phone call. Hello, Loine! That single phone call, made over 37 years ago, changed the course of life for both Phyllis and me. We both thank you, Lyle and Nancy, and we are forever grateful that you took that step on our behalf. Over these years the bond between our two families has grown. We have done much together: Being part of our wedding celebration Getting us involved with camping. Thanks! Sharing many stories around a campfire Introducing us to Camp LuWiSoMo Trying to keep the Milwaukee River from eating up your basement Sharing many Christmas celebrations at your home Going flying with Lyle and Don Rambadt Enjoying many of Nancy’s home cooked meals Sharing many joys and even a few frustrations as we worked in our individual church congregations Fighting a hot water heater that nearly exploded one evening Being invited to your home to meet the many foreign exchange students you hosted These and many other activities were times of excitement, times of fellowship and times of sharing. Thank you both for making us part of your life. | (Ralph & Phyllis Meyer, continue...)
35: Through all of this there was that special bond that existed and still exists between all of us. It is seldom talked about because it doesn’t need to be talked about. But when we do talk about it, we are uplifted by each other as we experience the encouragement that comes from our conversation. It is that Silent Strength, it is that Spirit that lives in us, it is the power that comes from our God who called us to be his own in Baptism and thought we were special enough in His eyes to give up His life for us. It is that Spirit that guided the two of you these past fifty years. It is that Spirit that will guide you tomorrow and for all the tomorrows to come. I could go on and reflect on many more activities of the past fifty years. It is now time to look to the future. It’s time to look with anticipation to what the Lord has in store for you. God’s word is sure. Trust Me (emphasis added) Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) Phyllis and I thank God that you are part of our lives and we thank both of you for your friendship, care and love. Thanks for being special friends, for being a special sister and for being a special brother. May God grant you many more years of health, strength and the peace that only comes from Him. Go in God’s Care, go in God’s Peace, and go in God’s Grace! Love, | Ralph & Phyllis Meyer
37: Dear Mom and Dad, 50 years, and for almost 38 of those I've shared the Mueller Family Road Show with you. What a privilege and joy it is to be your daughter, to give you a son-in-law and two grandchildren! You have always been strong and faithful, always loving and listening no matter how easy or difficult the journey became. It is clear that every word of your marriage vows held true - joy and sorrow, sickness and health, and everything in between. This collection is only a sample of the wishes that are sent to you today and every day from all who know you. You have touched SO MANY lives and it is an honor to wish you congratulations on these first fifty years of your marriage. May God continue to bless every day and year ahead. We love you! | Jeff & Robin Brooks, Anna and Baby