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Marcella Mae Jellema

May 23, 1924 June 9, 2018
Marcella Mae Jellema
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Obituary for Marcella Mae Jellema

Marcella Mae (Knudson) Jellema, age 94, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington, MN. Marcella was born on May 23, 1924, in Fergus Falls, MN to father Clarence Knudson and mother Halla (Dalluge) Knudson. Marcella grew up on a farm near Dupew, IA.
She was married to Harvey Behrends on November 9, 1940, and they had 9 children together. They farmed just outside of Ringsted, IA for a number of years. She later married George Jellema on August 28, 1972.
Marcella spent the majority of her life farming, being a homemaker, and worked at Sathers in Round Lake for about 10 years. Marcella enjoyed sewing, nature, reading, and spending time with her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Marcella always made it a point to attend the annual family reunion the last Sunday of July in Spirit Lake, IA. She also had a wonderful sense of humor. She spent the last 12 years sharing a home with her son Monty, whom helped to provide for her care until her health declined in November of 2017. Marcella then spent the next 7 months at South Shore Nursing Home before being moved to Sunset Hospice Cottages where she lived out her remaining days.
Surviving are her children Janice Onnen of Sheldon, IA; Gerry (Sheri) Behrends of Wallingford, IA; Caroline Garoutte of Ringsted, IA; Diana (Tom) Tirevold of Sioux Falls, SD; and Pearl (Gale) Adolph of Odessa, MN; Monty Behrends of Worthington, MN; half-brothers Allan, Gale, and Mark Knudson; and many, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
Marcella was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Harvey, her second husband George, 3 children; Ronnie Behrends, David Behrends, and Steven Behrends; one brother, Jordan Knudson; two sisters, Maxine Miller and Yvonne Hanson; one half-brother, Chris Knudson; one grandchild, Aaron Garoutte; and one great grandchild, Andrea Behrends.
Family burial will be held at a later date. Cards may be mailed to Benson Funeral Home, PO Box 626, Worthington, MN 56187.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.


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