Marcella Susan (Thom) Paschke, age 88, passed away at St. Lucas Care Center in Faribault on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 after an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Steven J. Kuehne officiating. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.

Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Friday, November 19th from 4 to 8 p.m. and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Marcella was the youngest child of Christ and Olga (Schramm) Thom of Walcott Township. She was born on March 22, 1922 in Rice County and attended country, Faribault and Medford schools. She graduated from Medford High School in 1940.

She was united in holy marriage to Martin Fritz Paschke on August 29, 1940 in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Faribault. They spent a lifetime together and were blessed with four children: Lucy (and Ron) Laande of Tigard, OR, Carol (and Jerry) King of Faribault, Janet (and Jesse) Shirley of Faribault, and Ronald (and Lorraine) Paschke of Shakopee. Their extended and proud family includes 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Marcella and Martin shared a very active life in the Faribault community with their family, church and many friends. Marcella was a proud member of the Trinity Pie makers group and many other organizations through the years. She looked forward to family events until her last days, especially this holiday season. She was well known for her needlework, afghans, quilts, dish towel sets, and crocheting. Marcella enjoyed many activities and interests: gardening, flowers, sewing, crafts, fishing, hunting, traveling, music and loved to dance. Marcella and Martin were founding members of the Faribo Sno-go Club and enjoyed their many club adventures. She loved to be with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and those special little trips with the "girls" and her sister in her later life.

She was preceded in death by her beloved and devoted husband of 63 years, her parents, two brothers and one sister. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, a sister, Margaret Durand of Hopkins, and two brothers-in-law, Russell Paschke of Winsted and Bernie Keeley of Ocala, FL, and many cousins, nieces and nephews and friends. A life truly well lived.


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Name: J.D. & Anne, Jim & Barb Shirley
Date: Friday November 19, 2010


Janet, We are sorry to hear about your Mother. She is in a better place now. We will never forget our visits with your Mom and Dad at the mill. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

Name: Chuck Kuntze
Date: Thursday November 18, 2010


Sandie & my thoughts and prayers are with your family - please accept our sincere condolences. We will always remember the good memories of our friends & loved ones. I always considered your mother & father as special friends. Time passes and soon we will be with all of our loved ones.

Name: Lenae Addabbo
Date: Thursday November 18, 2010


Jennifer, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time of sorrow. Always remember the great memories you have with your grandmother and hold those thoughts near and dear to your heart. You will remember her forever and there will be many things that spark memories in your everyday life. God Bless you and your family. Steve and Lenae Addabbo (I work with Jennifer at Jostens)