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Marcella Clara Wegner

Marcella Clara Wegner, age 85, of Howard Lake, passed away peacefully at her home Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, surrounded by family and friends, after a brief battle with cancer.

She was born Tuesday, Aug. 21, 1923, at Winsted, the daughter of August and Ann (Neumann) Quast. Marcella grew up in Winsted and attended Holy Trinity School.

She married Weldon Otto Wegner Jan. 15, 1949. They made their home in Howard Lake, where Weldon had an electrical business.

Marcella lived a very active life. She helped Weldon in all parts of the electrical business and did the bookkeeping. She and her father also started Quast Transfer in Winsted, where she was the first truck driver.

Marcella enjoyed flowers and gardening, reading, and playing cards with her family (her favorite game was Polish poker).

She was very honest and caring. If you overpaid by even 1 cent, she would make sure you got it back.

Marcella is survived by her daughter, Carol Wegner of Howard Lake; 14 brothers and sisters: Celina Polkoski, Irene (Leonard) Rozeske, Paul (Bonnie) Quast, all of Winsted; Ray (Millie) Quast of Waconia; Bernard (Margie) Quast, Marian (Roger) Moy, all of Winsted; Laurina (Joe) Zajicek of Glencoe; Josephine (Tom) Hagstrom of Forest Lake; Janet (Bernie) Stock, Rose (Bob) Lindenberger, all of Omaha, NE; Clarence (Elaine) Quast of Ocala, FL; Donna Kenyon of Minneapolis; Lois (Bill) Goehring of Grand Rapids; and Dianne (Paul) Smith of St. Charles, MO; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Weldon; son Harold; parents August and Anna Quast; brothers Joseph and Leander Quast; and sisters Caroline Quast and Elizabeth Wendolek.

A memorial Mass took place Friday, Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Waverly with visitation for one hour prior to the Mass. Father Timothy Cloutier was the celebrant. Mike Gille was the urn bearer. Music was provided by Mae Wannarka and the St. Mary’s Choir. Interment will take place in the spring at St. James Lutheran Cemetery of Howard Lake.

The Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake handled the arrangements.