Marcella Schmidt

Marcella Schmidt

Marcella M. Schmidt, 90, of Maquoketa, passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 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, 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.

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 Oct. 26, 1946, in Maquoketa. Two children were born to this union, Brenda and Robert.

Marcella was a homemaker and worked as a certified nurse aide (CNA) at Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa for more than 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, Iowa, and Robert “Bob” (Jeanne) Schmidt of Waterloo, Iowa; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Bob) Gavin of Maquoketa, Iowa, Joshua (Christa) Koob of Maquoketa, Iowa, Michael (Eileen) Schmidt of Hartford, WI, and Emily (John) Michel of Cedar Falls, Iowa; eight 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, Iowa; several nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Haven (Irma Jean) Schmidt of Maquoketa, Iowa; 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.”

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