October 14, 2013


Marcella Josephine Kluver, 92, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Huebner Funeral Home in Denison with a Legion of Mary rosary at 4:30 and a parish vigil at 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Charter Oak. Marcella was born Sept. 23, 1921, on a farm near Charter Oak, Iowa, a daughter of Charles and Anna Quandt. She received her education in rural schools near Charter Oak, St. Boniface Catholic Grade School and Charter Oak High School. After completing her education she helped at home and cared for her younger siblings until moving to Des Moines, where she did housekeeping and worked as a nanny.

On Dec. 30, 1940, Marcella married Raymond Kluver at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Charter Oak. The couple made their home on a farm near Anthon, later moving to Danbury and then Ute. She continued to live in Ute after the death of Raymond in 1965, until moving to Charter Oak in 1967, where she worked at the Frosty Treat, as a hot-lunch cook at the school and as a cook at the Charter Oak Senior Center. In the summer of 2000, she moved to Denison to be closer to her family.

Marcella was a devoted member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and the Legion of Mary. She loved baking and cooking for her family, making popcorn balls at Christmas time, and baking all kinds of breads and rolls. She enjoyed telling stories and being a comic to her grandchildren and was very proud of her children's successes. It meant a lot to see her son Jerry on television and hearing son John on the radio. She enjoyed family reunions and Christmas holidays, visiting with her family and friends, playing bingo, playing cards, and traveling to the casino occasionally. One of the more enjoyable times in her life was in 1986, when she was able to travel with family to Hawaii. Another highlight was traveling Amtrak to southern California for a sightseeing trip including a trip to the "Price Is Right" game show. She also enjoyed receiving her first cellphone at age 90 to stay in close contact with family and friends.

Marcella is survived by six children: Jerry and his wife, Faylene; Juliana and her husband, Arlo; John and his wife, Karla; Jeff and his wife, Becky; Joel and his wife, Janet; and Janelle and her husband, Mark; one son-in-law, Larry Hansman; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Kluver; one brother, Jim Quandt and his wife, Donna; six sisters-in-law, Pearl, Helen, LaRue, Velma, Veronica and Ruth Quandt; many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond; two daughters, Joan Kluver and Jolene Hansman; two sisters, Majorie in infancy and Evelyn Jenkins and her husband, Romanan; six brothers, Harold, Paul, Bob, Francis (Butch), Norman and Donald Quandt; and brother-in-law, Albert Kluver.