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Marcella Thoennes, 93

Marcella Mathilda Thoennes, 93, Millerville, formerly of Urbank, died Monday, January 13, 2014 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

Marcella was born April 1, 1920 in Millerville, the daughter of John A. and Mayme (Lorsung) Roers. She grew up in the Millerville area and was a member of Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, where she was baptized, confirmed and attended Catholic grade school.

On October 11, 1938 she was united in marriage to Lawrence Thoennes of Urbank. To this union, three daughters, Florence, Carol and Linda, and five sons, Roger, Robert, Rolland, Larry and Jeffrey completed this family.

After they were married they moved to Leaf Mountain to his sisters farm for six years. They then purchased a farm near Urbank. In 1981, they retired to a house in Millerville, "To go fishing," Marcella said, but never went. For the last five years, Marcella lived at Bethel Manor and most recently at Edgewood Vista.

Marcella was very active in her life by working with church groups, teaching religion, and singing in the church choir both in Millerville and Urbank. She was president of Christian Mothers in both parishes, chairman of Catholic Charities on the Deanery Level and active in the St. Katherine Mission Circle, sewing quilts.

Marcella also stayed active in her community by serving as president of Senior Clubs for many years in Urbank and Millerville. She was a remedial teacher in the Sacred Heart School and a news reporter for the Parkers Prairie Independent newspaper. She volunteered as a senior driver for Otter Tail and Douglas counties.

Marcella had a number of hobbies as well, including playing cards, quilting, singing and dancing. She liked to perform in skits for any special occasion of a relative or friend. She also helped her husband with the farm work like milking cows, feeding calves, and driving tractor for harvesting.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; sons, Larry and Rolland Thoennes; great-granddaughter, Megan Carlson; parents; sisters, LuAnn Sanford, Cordie Werrans, Donna Mae Owens and Luella Donbraski; and brothers, Harold and Bernard Roers.

She is survived by her daughters, Florence (Joe) Byrne of Alexandria, Carol (Phil) Parent of Inver Grove Heights, Linda (Richard) Wagner of Millerville; sons, Roger (Sharon) Thoennes of Crystal, Robert (Karen) Thoennes of Brandon, and Jeffrey (Cindy) Thoennes of Fargo, ND; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Lanners of Brandon and Lillian (Charles) Guenther of St. Peter; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Roers of Alexandria.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sunday, January 19 at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Millerville with Father Matthew Crane officiating. Music was provided by Marcellas granddaughter, Kim Byrne and the Voices of Joy.

Interment was at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Urbank. Casket bearers were Marcellas children and honorary casket bearers were all of Marcellas grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;