Windsor Park Stories
Windsor Park Stories To Rebroadcast Suzy Navin Mueller's Windsor Park Story, "Determination," Sunday, January 19, 2003 And Sunday, January 26, 2003
Suzy Navin Mueller, 1949-2003
Every now and then you meet a person who steals your heart. Suzy Navin Mueller did just that. A Dunmore High School graduate, Suzy grew up with Kitch. A host of medical problems made Suzy different from her classmates. In eighth grade her battle with scoliosis forced her to come to school in a full body cast. "This was one of the worst times in my life," she told me during her visit to Windsor Park "It was a real challenge facing the kids."
When Suzy Navin Mueller came to Windsor Park she weighed 86 pounds, her body was frail. The scars of her childhood battle with scoliosis were obvious. She was tethered to an oxygen tank. Her every move was a struggle, and yet the smile on her face was bigger than life, and the goodness of her heart radiated a positive energy that was inspirational.
This tiny spot of a woman was a powerful force. Her strength came from her ideas, her values and her dreams. Little did we know that the time spent here in Windsor Park would be one of the best times in Suzy's life. Little did we know that it would be the only time she would visit Windsor Park.
Suzy Navin Mueller loved people and although her life was filled with medical and personal challenges, she refused to give up and give in to anything. "I just always pushed ahead," she told me with a grin on her tiny face. "If I did not have the troubles, I would not be who I am. It gave me strength to know that I can survive what I have been through."
Later in life she met Al Mueller in Chicago and during their 34-year marriage she discovered love and happiness. When I asked her, "What is love?" she smiled, hesitated. thought and replied, " That's a big question. Love is wanting the best for the other person. Al is love."
Her philosophy was the epitome of positive thinking. "You have to be accepting. You must think things will work out. You must give things a try. You get out of life what you put in."
Perhaps the most moving moment in our conversation came when I asked Suzy how she keeps going, knowing what she faced every day. Without hesitation, she replied, "I want to know who I am going to meet. I want to know what tomorrow brings. I want to know what is going on in the world."
Suzy was generous with her time her spirit and her treasures. Last year she took money from an inheritance and she donated it to WVIA TV as a challenge grant. She did it as an act of gratitude. She did it as a surprise. She did it because she was Suzy.
Suzy never saw herself as an inspiration or a model. "People in striker beds … people in wheelchairs…people like Christopher Reeve they are the models. They are my inspiration."
Suzy Navin Mueller was a woman of courage and determination. She was a smiling raconteur. She was a good and decent person who defined by her actions what friendship is all about. Those of us who were privileged to know her are saddened and diminished by her death but enhanced by her life. Her spirit will live on in Windsor Park, and we will be better people because we had the pleasure of Suzy's company.
During the last days of her life Suzy asked Al to establish a special fund for the place that gave her the greatest pleasure in her life. So in honor of Suzy Mueller's life, Al Mueller asks that in lieu of flowers or other memorials all contributions in Suzy's memory be sent to:
The Suzy Navin Mueller/Windsor Park Stories
402 Pocono Blvd.
Mt. Pocono, PA 18344
Attn. Matthew Crake
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