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Marcella Surma

March 10, 1924 — November 9, 2019

Marcella Surma, 95-year-old resident of Royalton, MN died Saturday, November 9 at the Country Manor in Sartell. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, November 15 at 11:00 AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton with Father Roger Klassen officiating. The burial will be held at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Bowlus, MN. A visitation will be held from 9:30-11:00 AM at the church on Friday.

Marcella Selinski was born on March 10, 1924 in Bowlus, Minnesota to the late George and Martha (Kampa) Selinski. She attended school in Royalton. As a young woman she worked for Federal Ammunition for a few years. Marcella and four co-workers wererecruited welders to move to Portland, OR and worked as Rosie the Riveter for 2 years as ship builders. Marcella was united in marriage to Merrence Surma on July 16, 1946 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Bowlus. The couple resided in Bowlus until moving to Royalton in 1971. Marcella was involved in Holy Trinity Church and was a member of the Christian Mothers. She was also a member of the Royalton American Legion Auxiliary. The family enjoyed many summers at the cabin on Girl Lake near Longville, MN. She enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, gardening, playing cards, trips to the casino, traveling, sewing, quilting and making homemade potato dumplings. She will be remembered by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren as loving, caring and compassionate.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Donna (Terrence) Jendro of Royalton, Mary (Thomas) Woldmoe of Andover; sons,Timothy (Mary) Surma of St. Cloud, Terrence Surma of St. Cloud; grandchildren, Jennifer (Doug) Thielen, Greg (Carrie) Jendro, Ryan ( Jenny) Jendro, Amanda (Michael) Schmitz, Lisa (Jacob) Cullinan; great-grandchildren, McKenna Thielen, Connor Thielen, Maxwell Jendro, Luke Jendro, Nathan Jendro, Maggie Jendro,Brennan Cullinan, Shane Cullinan, Logan Schmitz; step-grandchildren, Calvin DeWall, Elise DeWall and Weston DeWall.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Merrence; siblings, Harry Selinski, James Selinski, Alfred Selinski, Mable Marko, Ethel Arnold, Florence Murray, Mathilda OConnell, Evelyn Beaseman, Bernice Tillman, Joan Krueger and Jeanette Plantenberg and infant children.

The funeral arrangements for Marcella are with Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Royalton.

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Service Schedule

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Friday, November 15, 2019

9:30 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

208 Broadway, Little Falls, MN 56345

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Memorial Mass

Friday, November 15, 2019

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

216 N 2nd St, Royalton, MN 56373

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