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A Mass of Christian Burial for Jakob Mueller, 62, of West Seneca, a retired machinist and an active member of the pro-life movement in Western New York, will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. William's Catholic Church, 1 Arcade St., West Seneca.

Prayers will be said at 9:30 in Hoy Funeral Home, 3855 Seneca St., West Seneca. Burial will be in St. Matthews Cemetery, West Seneca.

Mueller, a native of Yugoslavia, died Wednesday (Sept. 15, 1999) at home after suffering a massive heart attack.

He was educated in Yugoslavia and Austria and came to the United States in 1957. He had lived in West Seneca since 1974.

He was employed by Richards Machine Tool Co. in Depew until he retired in 1998.

Mueller had been active in the pro-life movement since its inception and was vice president and bus/transportation chairman of the Buffalo Regional Right to Life Committee for 25 years.

He was a former board member of the New York State Right to Life Committee and sergeant major of the Knights of St. John since 1989. He was the pro-life chairman of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Men and vice president of the Diocesan Union of Holy Name Societies.

Mueller received numerous awards and recognition for his pro-life and Diocesan Union work and was treasurer of the Eucharistic Adoration Society.

He told friends that he was dedicated to pro-life work because he had been a prisoner in a concentration camp in his youth and had witnessed the executions of many women. He attributed the saving of his life and his escape from the concentration camp to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Mueller said he and his family escaped because they were hidden in a farmer's hay wagon at the risk of the farmer's life. Relatives said he showed his gratitude by working tirelessly "for the innocent babies at risk for abortion."

Survivors include his wife, the former Barbara Ganter; a daughter, Mary of West Seneca; two sons, Mark of Syracuse and Robert of Reston, Va.; two sisters, Kathy Bacher of West Seneca and Anna Mitterbauer of Torrance, Calif.; two brothers, Josef of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and Michael of Ventura, Calif.; and a grandchild.


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