Marcella Andraska, age 92, passed away on Sept. 4, 2017, under the care of Aspirus Hospital, Wausau. She resided at The Wellington Assisted Living Place, Rib Mountain, since 2011.
Marcella was born on Sept. 8, 1924, in Milwaukee, daughter of the late Anton and Angeline (Putkamer) Wenzel. After graduating from Marathon High School she worked at Cutler-Hammer, Milwaukee, from 1942-1946. She married Roman Andraska on Sept. 18, 1946, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cassel. She and her husband of 67 years lived in Cassel before retiring and moving to Marathon. He preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 2013.
A lifelong member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Marcella was a choir member, prayer leader, CCD teacher and a member of the Parish Council of Catholic Women. She was a homemaker and enjoyed travelling, swimming, music, playing cards and spending time with her family. Marcella had a great sense of wit which she shared with others.
Marcella will be dearly missed by her two daughters, Glenice (Rob) Klestinski, Gilbert, Ariz., and Karen (Bruce) Donahue, Bend, Ore.; four sons, David (Diane) Andraska, Black River Falls, Mark Andraska, Marathon, Jim (Kim) Andraska, Hatley, and Paul Andraska, Addison, Texas; and one sister, Alvina Lensmire, Marathon. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren, Nicholas (Teresa) Burkard, Tyler (Brittany) Donahue, Katherine Donahue, Colin Donahue, Rebecca (Jeff) Hoeben, Amy (Matt) Brunette, Kevin Andraska, Kristy (Tim) Cogdill and Jordan (Samantha) Andraska; and twelve great-grandchildren. Along with her parents and husband, Romie, she was preceded in death by one sister, Irene Andershak; two brothers, Simon Wenzel and Clarence Wenzel; and one great-grandchild, David Cogdill.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cassel. Rev. Felix Tigoy and Rev. Msgr. Joseph Diermeier presided. Family received friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Marathon, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.peterson
kraemer.com. Memorials may be directed to the family for donations to local charities. The family wishes to thank the Wellington Place staff for the care they provided Marcella.
Marcella will be a living presence to her family as she was an example of faith, family, love of God and prayer.