Marcella Therese Johnson (1933 - 2018)

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JOHNSON, MARCELLA THERESE, born June 22, 1933 in Heufeldmhle, Germany to Margarethe and Sebastian Salminger, Marcella is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Frank of Melbourne, Fla.; children Elizabeth of Texas; Edward and Beverly of Melbourne; Betty and Heinz of Germany; and Denise and Scott of Miami. She's also survived by nine grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, sisters Marille and Hertha of Germany and Renate of Switzerland and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She's predeceased by brothers Heini and Roman and sister Meritta. After finishing school at the age of 15, Marcella learned her trade as a tailor. In 1957, she emigrated to the U.S., working as a seamstress in Rantoul, Ill with her childhood best friend. It was there she met the love of her life, an Air Force SSGT. Six weeks later, they married on Oct. 25, 1958. Frank retired from the service in 1970 and the family settled in Miami. Frank and Marcella were involved in the German American Social Club of Greater Miami where she was "First Lady" for seven years. Hurricane Andrew facilitated their move to Melbourne. Marcella recently received an award for more than 3,000 volunteer hours at Patrick Air Force Base. Marcella and Frank traveled almost every year to Europe visiting family and friends, enjoyed 32 cruises and took frequent bike trips in Europe. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Beach Funeral Home at 4999 N. Wickham Road from 4 8 p.m. (321-751-6012). Burial services are pending. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Serene Harbor Domestic Violence Center of the Space Coast or the Florida Elks Youth Camp (reference Lodge #2817) in Umatilla, Fla. Online condolences may be left at beachfuneralhome.com.
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Beach Funeral Home-West
4999 N. Wickham Rd.
Melbourne, FL 32940
(321) 751-6012
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Published in the Miami Herald from Dec. 4 to Dec. 5, 2018
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