In loving memory of

Marcella W. Petersen
August 10, 1929 - December 18, 2021

Marcella Whilhelmina Namanny Petersen was born August 10, 1929, the daughter of William and Lena Namanny. She passed away December 18, 2021 at Morningside Care Center in Ida Grove, Iowa at the age of 92

Marcella was born on the family farm in Hanover Township, Crawford County, Iowa and baptized in Christ November 3, 1929 and was confirmed on April 2, 1944 at Zion Lutheran Church, Denison, Iowa. She received her elementary education at a rural school near her home and later received her GED diploma.

On February 19, 1950, Marcella was united in marriage to Melvin Petersen at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa. The couple made their home on a farm near Schleswig, Iowa, where together they raised four children.

After moving to Schleswig in 1970, she worked for Worldwide Meats and Dialoc Co., in Denison and CB Electronics in Schleswig until retirement. She was a hard worker and excellent cook. She loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and her faith in the Lord and prayer were always a strong presence in her life. She enjoyed the game of golf, church activities and quilting. Melvin and Marcella were frequently seen at dance halls across Iowa, either square dancing or ballroom dancing.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 71 years, Melvin; their son Timothy; four brothers: Leonard, Wilbur, Kenny and William and three sisters: Donna Mae Weed, Shirley Ahart, and LaDean Hickey. She is survived by her children, Susan Benton of Vermillion, South Dakota; Keith Petersen of Schleswig; and Kerry Petersen (Lois) of Clancy, Montana; her grandchildren Michael Benton, Michelle Wigg, Jessica Funk, and Tyler Petersen; and six great grandchildren Ellie Wigg, Aiden Wigg, Collin Wigg, Jesse Wigg, Beau Funk and Tell Funk; sister-in-law Audrey Namanny of Carroll, Iowa and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and gifts evidence by cards, flowers and memorials and food donated. We pray that this acknowledgment and blessing will comfort those who have offered so much to our family at the loss of mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.

Funeral Service is 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig with visitation one hour prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. also at the church. Interment is in Morgan Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Schleswig Fire Department or Immanuel Lutheran Church Sunday School. Livestreaming of the service will be available at 2:00 p.m. on the website link -


Dick and Jo Streck wrote on Dec 20, 2021:

"Marcella was a very kind lady, we always thought Marcella and Melvin were great people Our sympathy to the family. "

Bob & Bev Neuhaus wrote on Dec 19, 2021:

"Marcella & Melvin we?re country neighbors for many years. Marcella shared a ride with Bob & another lady to Denison for numerous years. They were good neighbors & friends. Condolences to the family "

Mary Ann Neppl wrote on Dec 19, 2021:

"Susan and family she was such a joy to take care of. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Mary Ann Neppl"