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Marcella Theresa Schaefer

October 15, 1927 — September 16, 2021

Services for Marcella Theresa Schaefer will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lacona, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s of Assumption Catholic Cemetery.

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Marcella Theresa (Knochel) Schaefer was born on Oct. 15, 1927, and grew up in Colorado. She spent her early years farming and teaching school. She met an Iowa boy, Paul Schaefer, the love of her life, and they united in marriage in January 1949. They were blessed with 3 children.

Marcella played piano, enjoyed country music, and played a mean game of pitch. She taught her grandchildren card games and how to be bold and “shoot the moon.” She always cared about her family over herself. With a can-do attitude, she was very pro-life, patriotic, and an inspiration to all. When times got rough, she would always say, “We don’t know what the future holds. If we did we’d worry ourselves to death.”

Marcella loved the outdoors, including gardening, watching her birds, trapping, fishing and going to yard sales. Always sharp and so organized, she kept records, lists and labels on everything.

Marcella lost her husband in 2018 and after 70 years on the farm, she moved to city lights and began frequent outings to the casino, and she was known to many as "mom."

Marcella peacefully entered her heavenly home on Sept. 16, 2021, surrounded by her family. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul; sisters, Mary and Ida; and brother, Ferdie. She is survived by her 3 children, Pat (Audie) Ayer; Justin (Olivia) Schaefer; Ken (Shelly) Schaefer; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister, Betty Wachter.

Marcella was strong in her faith, strong in spirit and she will be forever loved.
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