Colleen Mae Bahmuller


August 31, 1937 - August 26, 2010




Colleen Mae Bahmuller was born on August 31, 1937 in Yankton, SD to Opal (Pigg) and Ira Champion.  She lived with her maternal grandparents near Yankton until age 5 when she came to Mitchell to live with her mother and stepfather.  She attended Mitchell schools, graduating in 1955 from Mitchell Senior High.

On May 20, 1956 she married LeeRoy “Lee” Bahmuller at the Congregational UCC church in Mitchell.  They lived in Mitchell their entire lives.  She began her decorating career at Penney’s where she was the display and advertising manager for fifteen years.  In 1971 she became associated with Home Interiors where she was a decorator/displayer until her retirement in 2003.

She was a member of the Congregational UCC church where she was the decorator and held various offices in the Women’s Fellowship.  She also belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary and the Degree of Honor.

She is survived by her husband, LeeRoy; one brother, Marvin Champion and wife, Vida, Evansville, IN; one brother-in-law, Alton Bahmuller and wife, Faye, Mitchell, SD; two sisters-in-law, Marie Bahmuller, Bridgewater, SD and Sadie Bahmuller, Springfield, SD and many nieces and nephews.



Sunday, August 29, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, August 30, 2010
10:30 AM
Congregational United Church of Christ
301 East 4th Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Kathy Shelbourn on September 1, 2010
My DEEPEST Sympathy to Lee and everyone who came in contact with such a WONDERFUL LADY!! Colleen was at the very first Home Interiors meeting I attended in Mitchell in May of 1986 and was such a Inspiration to me through all the years!!! I will cherish ALL the memories of her and her caring spirit! Keep Decorating heaven Collen!!
Posted by Connie Schroeder on August 31, 2010
Colleen was my inspiration in decorating and in life. My sympathy and prayers be with you Lee. God speed your healing.
Posted by Ruth Pliska on August 31, 2010
Colleen and I were with Home Interiors together... When I joined HI. in 1973 she was already had been with the company for a couple of years.. She always was willing to help and share her great decorating ideas with us all. What a special lady! I am sure she is decorating up a storm in heaven.. Blessed be her memory.
Lee you have our deepest sympathy. Happy Birthday Colleen!!
Posted by Ruth (Hildebrandt) Brane on August 29, 2010
I introduced Colleen to Home Interiors and she was always so helpful to me and was a joy to work with. She had many talents and was always so cheerful.
Posted by Betty Armfield Johnson on August 29, 2010
Colleen and I were in the 1955 class at Mitchell High School.
I enjoyed Colleen because she was positive, and just a neat friend who was so much fun. her laugh was contagious. Her name was so beautiful and I will always remember it along with Colleen''s beautiful smile.
We will keep Lee and family in our prayers. Go with God!
Posted by Delores (Paulsen) Schnarr on August 28, 2010
I was one of the 1955 graduates, along with Colleen. I was so glad to have attended a luncheon with her and others' from our class two year's ago. She will surely be missed.
Posted by Laura DeHaai on August 28, 2010
Lee and Coleen have been friends of mine for a long time. So many good memories! Friends like you are hard to find! Co will be missed. My thoughts are with you! Laura
Posted by Patti Leischner (Henry) on August 28, 2010
Sorry to hear of your loss. I can remember going by Penny's and always saying that is where Colleen works.
Posted by Debra Champion-Miller on August 27, 2010
Colleen is my aunt. I have many good memories of time spent with her and Lee. I love her so much. I pray she is at peace with her beloved sister Pat and my Grandmother Opal.
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