Marcella M. Schmidt, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held from 4 to 6 P.M. on Friday, July 5, 2019, in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private family graveside service and burial will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.
Marcella Mary Ruggeberg was born on June 1, 1929 in rural Elwood, Iowa, to Marvin and Lillian (Farmer) Ruggeberg. She was a 1945 graduate of Elwood High School. She married Darrel J. Schmidt on October 26, 1946 in Maquoketa, Iowa. Two children were born to this union, Brenda and Robert.
Marcella was a homemaker and worked as a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa for over 40 years.
Marcella loved dogs and mostly all animals. She enjoyed watching basketball and sports on tv, and playing cards, especially Euchre. Her family was most important to her and she loved spending time with them and attending the grandchildren's events.
Those left to honor her memory include her children, Brenda (Paul) Koob of Maquoketa, IA, and Robert "Bob" (Jeanne) Schmidt of Waterloo, IA; 4 grandchildren, Jennifer (Bob) Gavin of Maquoketa, IA, Joshua (Christa) Koob of Maquoketa, IA, Michael (Eileen) Schmidt of Hartford, WI, and Emily (John) Michel of Cedar Falls, IA; 8 great-grandchildren, Liz Gavin, Zac Gavin, Cael Koob, Cole Koob, Samantha Schmidt, Laura Schmidt, Charlotte Michel and Luke Michel; a sister, Evelyn Wachal of Davenport, IA; several nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Haven (Irma Jean) Schmidt of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister-in-law, Betty Eckeberg of Stevens Point, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Darrel in 1970.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Marcella M. Schmidt memorial fund has been established.
"The family wishes to especially thank the staff at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa and the staff of Hospice of Jackson County."
Online Condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
Bob, sorry to hear of the passing of your mom, the little league baseball mom.
Bob, Jeanne, Brenda & Paul, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of our "patrol dispatch Captain" Marcella. I think that memory says it all when I think of the lovely person that your mother was and how she enjoyed life and her family. Our deepest condolences to you all as you face this difficult time. Know that your friends and family will hold you as well as your mother deep within our hearts. Sincerely, Mikel and Michelle Alpers
Brenda and family, we are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I enjoyed working with Marcella at the hospital. She always had a smile and kind word for all the patients and those she worked with. She will be looking down on us all.
So very sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady.
So sorry for your loss. My mom and Marcella grew up together and later worked together at our hospital. I remember walking by her house on Arcade and seeing her dog in the window and if she was outside she would always want to talk. RIP Marcella.
What a sweet lady! So enjoyed talking to her as a customer and visiting her at Crestridge. So sorry for your loss
I loved working with Marcella at the Hospital. She was a good CNA and such a Sweet Lady. So very sorry for your loss.
Bob, I am so sorry to hear this news of your mom's passing. She was a lovely lady, and helped so many in her life. God bless Marcella in heaven. Tammy "Burris" Graeme
Brenda, I'm so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She always had a smile for everybody and a friendly word. I'm sure she's happy to be reunited with your Dad. Dianne & Paul
So sorry for your loss
Hugs and prayers to all❣
Brenda and family, was saddened to to hear of Marcella's passing. She was the sweetest lady and enjoyed working with her at the hospital. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
My condolences to the entire family sorry for your loss .
Sorry to hear about Marcella’s passing. She was one special lady and made everyone around her feel that way. Always smiling, happy go lucky , just a lovely person.
My condolences to entire family. Brenda , your Mom was a terrific lady. I enjoyed working with her at the hospital. She put smiles on everyone's faces. May the Lord comfort you and your entire family through His Word and His arms that surround you during this difficult time.
Brenda - I spoke with your mom last summer when I was visiting Maquoketa. I remember how kind and caring she was to my mom when she was sick with cancer, and she also cared for my brother Bob. A great lady who I've known since Elwood days. She will be missed. My sympathy to you and your family.
Marcella was such a lovely lady and neighbor when I was growing up. Thinking of your family, Brenda!
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