Marcella Lemler, 88, of Gettysburg died Thursday, June 21, 2012 at the Oahe Manor in Gettysburg.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, June 26 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Gettysburg with Fr. Jerry Kopel officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Marcella Rausch was born the sixth of 13 children on Sept. 2, 1923 to John N. and Francis (Duenwald) Rausch in Hoven, SD. She grew up in Hoven among the great many family members whom she loved and cared for dearly.
Marcella worked at many places including Peter’s Hatchery, and KO Lee’s and Gambles Grocery in Aberdeen. She also worked for Ralph Myers, the Gambles Store and the Hatchery in Gettysburg.
Marcella married Raymond Lemler on May 2, 1950. To this union five children were born. They made their home on the farm and ranch in Northwest Potter County. She loved the farm and spent much of her time in the garden, which lead to much time spent canning fruits and vegetables. In 1977, Raymond and Marcella retired to Gettysburg and made their home at 308 S. Park.
Marcella will be remembered for being an excellent cook. She was the master at putting together many family meals and her famous caramel rolls. In her retirement she loved spending time making quilts and afghans for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Survivors are her five children: Nancy (Jerry) Potts, Pierre, Dan Lemler, Lebanon, Nadine (Craig) Diegel, Rodney (Lori) Lemler and Neal Lemler, Gettysburg; 12 grandchildren: Whitney (Cary) Abrahamson, Verona, WI, Justin (Amanda) Potts, Omaha, NE, Lindsay (Chad) Strohfus, Pierre, John Potts, Brookings, Ryder (Amanda) Lemler, Gettysburg, Bethany Lemler, Gettysburg, Sombryn (Eric) Williams, Berkley, CA, Dane Lemler, Gettysburg, Travor (Jasper) Diegel, Pierre, Codi (Ted) Holzwarth, Gettysburg, Devyn Lemler, Gettysburg and Shelby Lemler, Sioux Falls; six great-grandchildren: Sydney, Kaylee, Jayden, Kade, Lydia, and Ariel; her brothers: Donald Rausch, Aberdeen, Richard (Jane), Gettysburg, Lloyd (Betty) Rausch, Windsor, CO, and George (Shirley) Rausch, Aberdeen; brother-in-law: Hank Westphal, Bath; sister-in-law: Pat Rausch, Hoven.
She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond; four brothers: Albert, Alfred, Eddie and LeRoy; four sisters: Laura Van Well, Mary Rausch, Helen Holzwarth and Bea Westphal; and a grandson, Jeffrey Potts.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Marcella’s arrangements. (www.familyfuneralhome.net)