Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight--Kathleen Muhlstein

Peteetneet Volunteer Spotlight
Kathleen Reilly-Muhlestein

    The Peteetneet Museum is very blessed to have so many great volunteers give of their time and talents to our facility. One of these Tour Guide Volunteers is Kathleen Muhlestein of Payson. She has been a volunteer at Peteetneet for about years. She says she is a "local or maybe a loco local" who was born and raised in our community.
    She was the only child of Clarence and Lenore Hill of Payson. Her father at one time served on the Payson City Council and her mother taught second grade at the Taylor and Wilson Schools for many years. Kathleen attended Taylor School as well as Payson Junior High and graduated from Payson High School.
    She graduated from BYU with a degree in Elementary Education.  She started her teaching career in Nebo School District and taught there for twenty-six years (except for one year she spent in Laie, Hawaii).
    Kathleen  and her late husband, Tom Reilly began volunteering at Peteetneet one day a week. They also enjoyed exhibiting their many Irish artifacts that they collected from visits to Tom's homeland of Ireland. Their exhibit a number of years ago was one of the most outstanding ones that has been on display in the Historical Society Room during St. Patrick's Day.  Tom passed away in late 2007 but Kathleen continued her volunteering at Peteetneet.
    Kathleen later met a wonderful widower from Brigham City.  After she and Glen Muhlstein were marrid, they made their home in Payson.  Kathleen and Glenn enjoy traveling and doing things together in their retirement years.
    Kathleen has three children: Sallie, Aimee, and Craig.  She has 11 grandchildren.  In addition, she and Tom shared his 12 grandchildren, and now she is sharing another 24 grandchildren with Glenn. That gives them a total of 47 grandchildren that makeup their extended family along with other additional family members. 
    Kathleen likes to read, cook, sew, see movies, do genealogy, see BYU football games, and meet and share times with "old" friends. Her motto is, "With age I won't be dawdling and dreaming-Fll go out kicking and screaming!"

For a very interesting visit to Peteetneet, be sure and stop by on a Monday morning and enjoy a tour with this witty and bubbly lady. Iftvill be a real treat.

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