Marcella Trandem, age 92, a lifelong resident of Steele County, died Monday, January 15, 2018 at Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Saturday, January 20, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Owatonna. Friends may greet the family Friday, January 19, at the Brick-Meger Funeral Home from 4:00-7:00 PM and one hour before the mass on Saturday. Burial will take place at Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Marcella was born January 10, 1926 in Owatonna at her grandparents' home. She was the daughter of Fred and Agnes (Wencl) Miller. She grew up on a dairy farm in Somerset Township, Steele County. In January of 1941 she left school to care for her brother upon the death of her mother. Marcella married John P. Trandem on April 24, 1946 in Owatonna. Together they raised 7 children on a dairy farm in Deerfield Township. In 1979, they moved to Owatonna and remained there until 2016.
Marcella was a homemaker when the children were young. She later went on to work as a head cook before retiring in 1988. She enjoyed fishing trips up north, traveling, playing pinochle, but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Marcella was a woman of deep religious faith and had an enduring love for her family and friends. She was willing to help out when ever needed. Marcella is survived by one son, Marvin (Sandi) Trandem, Faribault; five daughters, Judy (Dwayne) Hensrud, Medford, Jan (John) Kasper of Grand Forks, ND, Mary (Pat) Chambers, Rochester, Margaret "Margie" (Bob) Hensrud Kenyon, MN, Phyllis (Scott) Trcka, Rochester; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, of 70 years, John; one son, John F.; granddaughter, Andrea Kasper; sister, Clara Butler; brothers, Paul, Laurence and Bernard Miller. She was also preceded in death by 8 brothers-in-law and 8 sisters-in-law.
Memorials are preferred to donor's choice.