Philip Leo Muelrath 1916 - 2007 Age 91, a 46 year resident of the South Bay, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, December 27, 2007. Born in Dickinson, North Dakota to Margaret and Christof Muelrath on January 24, 1916, he was the youngest of their twelve children. The family moved to Petaluma where they lived during his teenage and young adult years. During World War II from 1942-1945, Philip served in the US Navy in the Pacific Arena. From 1946 until he retired in 1976, Philip was an employee of United Airlines service in various management positions. His love of travel took him all over the world. An enthusiastic member of the Knights of Columbus, he served in a variety of capacities including that of Grand Knight. He was a longtime parishioner of American Martyrs Church, the Manhattan Beach/Hermosa Beach Lions Club, and the Manhattan Beach Sister Cities Association. Philip was a volunteer at the South Coast Botanic Gardens and served on the Manhattan Beach Parking Place Commission. He was a talented artist in the stained glass field, a great gardener, and displayed a positive attitude and a love of life. Philip is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara, his brother, John, many nieces and nephews and good friends. Funeral Mass will be held Monday, January 14, 2008 at 10AM at American Martyrs Church, Manhattan Beach with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity or Rancho San Antonio c/o Knights of Columbus, Manhattan Beach.

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  1. Uncle Phil, You will be greatly missed. We enjoyed so much the time we’ve spent with you. We’ll always remember the outings with you showing us around Southern California. You always made us feel so welcomed. We always looked forward to your trips to to Sonoma County so we could spend time with you and Aunt Barbara.

  2. I would like to convey my sympathy to you in the loss our your loved. I didn’t know Mr.Muelrath personally,but I do understand the pain of losing one so dear to you. When I lost my father and then my brother,I found much comfort in reading the bible,as I’m sure you have. I just wanted to share with you a few of my favorites,Psalm 34:18 which reassures us that we are never alone,more so at a time like this. Also, in John 11:11,14-44 we read of Lazarus.We can only imagine the tears of joy when Jesus called out in a loud voice,”Lazarus,come forth!” and before their very eyes,he walked toward everyone gathered there.We too will experience that same joy when John 5:25,28 is fulfilled. Cherish the fond memories and keep them close to your hearts. Remember what you were taught,pass it on to others and his memory will live on in you. Take care of yourselves so you can be there for those who love and need you. Please accept my sincere sympathy to all who knew Mr. Muelrath.

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