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Marcella Anderson

Marcella M. Anderson, age 96, of Raymond, died Sunday morning, May 7, at the Sunrise of Golden Valley Assisted Living Center in Golden Valley.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 15, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Raymond. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, at the Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Memorials may be directed either to Methodist Hospice or St. John's Lutheran Church.

Marcella Mildred Anderson was born September 12th, 1920 in Willmar, MN to Albert and Agnes (Birkemeyer) Onnen. She was an only child and grew up on a farm southeast of Raymond. Marcella attended country school (District 101) and Willmar High School, graduating in 1937. She went on to Balser Business College in Minneapolis, where she completed a 9 month business course. She then worked for 2½ years at the U.S. Government Farm office in Willmar until her marriage.

Marcella was united in marriage to Leo M. Anderson on January 15, 1941 at St John's Lutheran Church in Raymond, and they were blessed with 4 children. They made their home and farmed for 52 years near Priam. They moved to Raymond in 1993. Leo passed away on September 9, 2000. They were married for almost 60 years. Marcella continued to live in her home in Raymond until 2012, when she moved to Minnetonka. She lived in the Ridge Pointe Senior apartments until 2015 and then she moved to Sunrise of Golden Valley.

Marcella loved being a farm wife. She enjoyed working with Leo to beautify their farm, cooking meals for the men and bringing lunches out to the field, and driving the tractor to help with the field work. Marcella was also a master gardener, and she loved to tend both her flower and vegetable gardens.

Marcella was a faithful, lifetime member of St. John's church. She served in many capacities, including Sunday school teacher, WELCA member, quilter, and monthly "Visitor" volunteer. She would also play the occasional piano solo during the offering on Sunday morning.

Marcella loved many things. She loved her God and her family, and she loved doing things for others. She loved to read and to bake. And Marcella loved her piano! She could play almost anything by ear, and her family fondly remembers how she could effortlessly change the key signature to accommodate whoever was singing along! Marcella was an extraordinary wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. Her kind and gentle manner captivated all who knew her, and her welcoming smile and boundless hospitality drew others in. She truly lived her faith in her daily walk.

Marcella is survived by her children: Sheryl (and Charles Larson) Renslo of Madison, WI; Robert (and Colleen) Anderson of Cedar, MN; and Dawn (and Fred) Jensen of Minnetonka, MN; her daughter-in-law Rita (and Lloyd) Peterson of New Brighton, MN; nine grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

Marcella was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Aggie Onnen; her husband, Leo in 2000; and her son, Dr. Douglas Anderson in 1997.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Sunrise of Golden Valley and the team from Methodist Hospice for the kind and gentle way that they cared for Marcella during the last weeks of her life.

Cemetery Details

St. John's Lutheran Cemetery

Raymond, MN, 56282


MAY 14. 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


MAY 15. 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

St. John's Lutheran Church

401 Day Street PO Box 175

Raymond, MN, US, 56282


MAY 15. 10:30 AM

St. John's Lutheran Church

401 Day Street PO Box 175

Raymond, MN, US, 56282

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Thank you, Deb!

Dawn Jensen - May 15, 2017 at 04:38 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My sympathy to Dawn and the rest of the family. I have only sweet memories of Marcella. A woman of character who radiated warmth and kindness. I know she will be greatly missed.

Deb Heide - May 09, 2017 at 03:39 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Peace, Prayers, & Blessings- Yellow and White was purchased for the family of Marcella Mildred Anderson.

May 09, 2017 at 09:00 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Blue & White Sympathy Floor Basket was purchased for the family of Marcella Mildred Anderson.

May 10, 2017 at 11:35 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Arlene, Anne, Henry, Lois, John, Kathleen, Randy purchased the Lavender & White Sympathy Floor Basket for the family of Marcella Mildred Anderson.

Arlene, Anne, Henry, Lois, John, Kathleen, Randy - May 11, 2017 at 12:33 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Thank you! My mom enjoyed her years at Ridgepointe and she loved all of you!

Dawn Jensen - May 15, 2017 at 04:35 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Marcella's friends at RidgePointe Senior Apartments remember Marcella sitting down to the piano and entertaining us with her beautiful playing. We enjoyed having coffee with her at Coffee Chat on Tues. morning. Marcella has been gone from here for a while, but we remember her and miss her.Our sympathy to the family. Marcella was a lovely lady.We know she is with her Lord.Dorothy Lueth, LaVonne Grotta, the Holters and may more here at RidgePointe

Dorothy Lueth - May 11, 2017 at 08:35 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Springtime Wishes was purchased for the family of Marcella Mildred Anderson.

May 12, 2017 at 09:44 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Floor Plant for Sympathy was purchased for the family of Marcella Mildred Anderson.

May 12, 2017 at 10:31 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

What an awesome picture, Tari! Thank you!

Dawn Jensen - May 15, 2017 at 04:31 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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