John L. Marcella, age 80, of Gladstone passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at his home.
John was born August 29, 1932 in Gladstone, the son of John and Katherine (Burcar) Marcella. He was raised on the family farm in Cornell and graduated from the Escanaba Senior High School. He continued to work on the farm for many years following school and at the Eaton Corporation in Gladstone for over 30 years. John served his country proudly while enlisted in the United States Navy. He was a longtime member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Flat Rock and the Knights of Columbus Council 640 in Escanaba. John was united in marriage to the former Rita Hemil, who preceded him in death. He later married Kathy Carignan in Gladstone in 1985. John enjoyed spending time working on his home, his flowers and his garden. He was a wonderful, gentle and kind man who put everyone before himself. He will be dearly loved and missed by his family and friends.
John is survived by four daughters, Maria (Mark) Greenough of Escanaba, Josephine Palmer of Gladstone, Catherine (John) Anderson of Cornell and Rene (Mike) Boddy of Gladstone; five sons, Master Chief USN John (Patcharee) Marcella stationed on the USS George Washington, Chuck (Donna) Marcella of Alabama, Tony (Angie) Marcella of Gladstone, Matt (Rosanne) Marcella of Escanaba and David (Lynn) Carignan of Little Suamico, Wisconsin; 22 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; one sister, Deloris (Donald) Owens; three brothers, Rudolph, Robert (Terry) Marcella and Walter Marcella; numerous nieces and nephews and his faithful pet, Reggie.
He was preceded by his parents, his first wife, Rita, a sister, Josephine Nelson, sister-in-law, Mary Ann Marcella and a son, John Carignan.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 19 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 6:00 PM at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Flat Rock with Rev. Fr. Jose Maramattam officiating. A luncheon will be served in the Father Matt fellowship immiedately following services. John will be laid to rest in the Flat Rock Cemetery.
Bonnie & Pete DeMay - NONE, 0
John is our neighbor and such a nice man. We had a dog ( Rutger) and he tended to wonder but John and Kathy always looked out for him, with treats and making sure that the dog catcher didn’t pick him up. I am not sure i thanked him enough. He will be missed in the neighborhood. God bless
Love & PrayersCarl and Helen Wolf Raspor
Lowell Clapp/ former HR manager - Kenosha, Wi
John was a dedicated, hard working key employee of our team at both Gladstone and Kenosha, Wisconsin. My condolences to his family. He will be missed but not forgotten.
Marie Chenier - Escanaba, Mi
My Sympathy to all of John’s family.John was a gentle,helpful,kind man,he was a wonderful neighbor for many years in Cornell.We all are blessed to have known him !
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at your time of sorrow.We enjoyed knowing John and Kathy the brief time they were in Kenosha. Ralph & Bertie Hall
Phil and Virginia Petersen
To Kathy and familyWe will miss seeing John ride by with his “Reggie” on his lap. John had a smile always and I am sure you have many fond memories. Our prayers and sympathies to all
Kathy, So sorry to read of John’s passing. What a wonderful man he was, always so friendly & kind. Thoughts & prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Del and Carol - NONE, 0
Carol and I offer our sincere condolances to Kathy and their family. We were privileged to know them and work with them in Kenosha WI. John will always be remembered as a friend and fellow worker. God Bless you both.
Del and Carol Warosh - Kenosha, WI
We were deeply saddened by the death of John who we regard as a friend and fellow worker at Dynamatic in Kenosha, Wi. John will always be remembered as he was well liked by all. God Bless him.
Jackie Doll - Denver, CO
God obtained another angel. John’s family and friends know him as a shining example of selfless love. John embraced everybody who came into his life, even friends of his stepchildren. I met John through my dearest friends, John and Cathy Anderson of Cornell, MI. My heart is full of grief for the loss of this dear man, but I’m incredibly grateful, too. I wish I could be there today, hold all of you tight. My prayers are with you
James Hall - bark river, mi
Maria, We are so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts even tho we cannot be there in person today. Deepest condolence to you and all of his family. Jim and Deb
janet (soderman) schwab - robertsdale, AL
to a kind and sweet man who will be missed dearly. i enjoyed visiting with you and your family as a kid with my parents.