Exercise has always been a part of Marcella’s life and when you look at her you can definitely tell. She is a beautiful lady who is fit, trim and always looks great!
Marcella was born and raised in Strasburg, North Dakota. She decided to attend college prep school in Duluth at St. Scholastica. Two of her cousins lived there so she was very grateful she had some family support. Since the distance was so great, she only returned home to visit her family during school breaks and the summers. She enjoyed playing basketball, baseball and bowling.
During her sophomore year, she met a new boy who started attending school when he moved to Duluth from Grand Rapids. They really hit it off and enjoyed spending time together until he graduated and joined the Marines. He went away to boot camp in San Diego, California and later was stationed in the Phillipines and Korea. Jake took leave and came back to Minnesota to see Marcella after she graduated and had moved back to Strasburg. He hitchhiked from California to North Dakota where he met up with Marcella’s aunt who gave him a ride to Marcella’s house in the country.
The crazy kids decided to get married while Jake was home on leave. Marcella joined him in California a couple months later. It was a huge adjustment for her being so far away from home. Jake discharged from the military in 1954, and they decided to stay in California. Marcella was working as a teller in a bank. After several years the couple moved back to Minnesota when Jake got a job with the Marshall Police Department.
Not one to sit around, Marcella was hired by the Schwan’s where she worked for 28 years. She had met the Schwan’s through her kids so she knew them personally and she loved working for them. Throughout her life, Marcella has been active with walking, bicycling, bowling with a ladies and couple league and dancing.
When Marcella retired, they bought a lake home where they lived until moving to Shepherd of Grace in 2013. Marcella and Jake will celebrate 63 years of wedded bliss this coming July. Today, Marcella wears a pedometer and tracks her steps every day. She loves walking inside and takes the stairs instead of the elevator.
We are proud that Marcella and Jake call Shepherd of Grace home!