A defunct funeral home might not be the ideal place to start life as a married couple, but for Al and Connie Mueller, this was the beginning of their story together. In 1946, the couple started Mueller Memorial, the first Catholic funeral home east of St. Paul.
“He and Mom lived in the basement of the funeral home,” says Scott Mueller, their son and second-generation owner. “I’ve since gone in there; it’s shocking. They started out and they were poor ... they were just poor.”