Marcella Ruehling, 92, of West Point, Nebraska formerly of Bancroft died on Monday, April 7, 2014 at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point, Nebraska. Funeral services for Marcella will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church near Bancroft, Nebraska; Pastor Ryan Seymore will be officiating. The visitation with the family present will be held on Friday from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Munderloh - Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church. Munderloh - Smith Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Marcella was born on April 20, 1921 in Bancroft, Nebraska, the daughter of August and Bertha (Schmidt) Tietz. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church and was married there on December 20, 1944 to Erwin Ruehling.
To this union three children were born: Marilyn, Shirley, and Dale. Marcella helped Erwin for over 50 years with the farm operation especially with the dairy herd they maintained. After Erwin’s death in 2004, Marcella continued to maintain the farmstead, doing the mowing and gardening well into her 90’s. Her life was centered around church and family activities. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Ladies Aid, LWML, and Zion Guild. During her life she was in various card clubs, sewed, and was active member of the Bancroft Senior Citizens Center.
She is survived by her son Dale (Bobbie) Ruehling of Schuyler, Nebraska, sons-in-law Roger Reppert of Jackson, MN, and Keith Jansen of Valley, NE. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, their spouses and nineteen great grandchildren: Gail (Kevin) Nieusma, their children Kori (Jake) VanderYacht, Jordan, Lakeville MN, Terri (Harlyn) VanderGriend, Anna, Ben, Zach, Nate, West Point NE, Randi (Josh) Larsen, Hailey, Apple Valley MN, Erin (Derek) Butts, Levi, Heber City, UT, Susan (Kelley) Hinrichs, Madelyn, Brooks, Barrett, Valley, NE, Chris (Becky) Jansen, Lily, Laura, Lydia, Luke, Lincoln, NE, Matt (Susan) Ruehling, Adam, Chatham, IL, Scott (Rachel) Ruehling, Riley, Reese, Liam, Grand Island, NE. Marcella is also survived by sisters-in-law Elaine Tietz of Bancroft, NE and Norma Jean Tietz of Wayne, NE, and a brother-in-law Willie Broekemeier of Beemer, NE.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, her husband Erwin on August 1, 2004, two daughters Marilyn Reppert and Shirley Jansen. Also three brothers, Herbert, Ray, and Arlen Tietz, and sister-in-laws Loretta Tietz and Alieta Broekemier.