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Pauline Walling

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 2:50 p.m. CDT

OTTAWA, Ill. — Mrs. Pauline Walling, 89, of Ottawa, Ill., passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at her residence.

Born Nov. 16, 1923, in Sheridan, Ill., Pauline was a daughter of Vernon and Ruby (Ugland) Morsch.

Pauline married Forrest Muffler in May 1946 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Ottawa. He preceded her in death March 21, 1958. She then married Robert Troup July 7, 1963. He also preceded her in death. Pauline later married Walter Walling on Oct. 4, 1969, at St. Patrick Church in Ottawa. He preceded her in death March 31, 1997.

Pauline was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of America.  She had been a nursing assistant at Ryburn King Hospital and later the Community Hospital of Ottawa. 

Survivors include her children, Greg (Jean) Muffler of Ottawa, Carolyn Muffler of Michigan and Jill Muffler of La Salle, Ill.; a brother, James V. (Nancy) Morsch of Occee, Fla.; grandchildren, Dean (Kristal Ragan) Nodland, Greg (Brenda) Muffler, Jr., Terry (Amanda) Muffler, Ryan (Jami) Muffler, Heather (Bob) Elzer, Troy McAvoy, Valerie McAvoy, Tara (Todd) Haynes and Lisa Walling; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Maxine Rorem and Diane Muffler, and a step-son, Jack Walling.

Ċ Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Rev. Joseph Donton will officiate.

Interment will follow at Oakwood Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Gladfelter Funeral Home with a Prayer Service at 3:45 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Terry, Eric, Ryan and Thad Muffler, Greg Muffler, Jr. and Dean Nodland.  Honorary pallbearers will be Troy and Valerie McAvoy, Heather Elzer, Tara Haynes and Lisa Walling.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Heart to Heart International or to the family.

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Gladfelter Funeral Home, 1601 East Norris Dr., Ottawa, Ill., 61350, is in charge of arrangements. For more information, call (815) 433-0097 or visit the website

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