Marcella Koepke


February 22, 1919 - September 8, 2014



Marcella Koepke was born February 22, 1919 at Salem, SD to William and Anna (Osterhaus) Sabers. She grew up and attended St. Mary’s School in Salem.  On January 25, 1940 she married Carl Koepke at Luverne, MN.  They farmed north of Spencer. She resided in Spencer until losing her home to a tornado on May 28, 1998 and then moved to Mitchell.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Spencer Senior Citizen’s, Lakeside Cemetery Association and Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. She was a volunteer for Avera Queen of Peace Hospital and the Mitchell Senior Citizens.

She is survived by two daughters: Shirley (Vince) Assmus, Plankinton and Dona Kopischke, N. Mankato, MN; one brother, Willard Sabers, Riverside, CA; five grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and twelve great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Carl in 1983, her son Roger, son-in-law Chuck, two grandchildren, one great grandchild, four sisters and six brothers.



Thursday, September 11, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, September 12, 2014
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Lakeside Cemetery
Spencer, South Dakota

Posted by Linda Newlon Morehead on September 11, 2014
To Shirley and Donna and Families, You have my very deepest sympathy upon the loss of your Dear Mother Marcella. She was my neighbor in Spencer for many years as well as a neighbor to my folks, Popeye and Joan. She and Carl were the nicest people always friendly and willing to help out in any way. She was such a brave and strong person after the tornado , being as hurt as she was, she was certainly an insperation !! and she loved her faith, I remember well back in Spencer her leading the rosary in church . She was a special lady and she will be missed, remembered fondly and never forgotten !!!
Posted by Don & Elaine Eichacker on September 11, 2014
Marcella was a fantastic, strong and caring women, and I am blessed to have shared time in her life. I tried to stop in and see her when ever I was in Mitchell as we loved to gab and have a few laughs together. She will really be missed and was like a Mother, and a role model for me. Our deepest Sympathy to her loving family as you are all in our thoughts and prayers....God Bless Her...
Posted by Kelly Denton on September 10, 2014
What a beautiful picture of Marcella, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find healing in your many memories of your time with Marcella. She was such a strong and caring woman.
Posted by Rebecca Rasmussen on September 9, 2014
To all of Marcella's loved ones: Thoughts and prayers are with you. Marcella was such a fantastic person. I formed a friendship with her in the summer of 1998 when she was staying with Vince and Shirley recovering from her injuries from the tornado and I was lifeguarding in Plankinton. We had some great chats. I remember all the goodies that she would bring to family holidays. I remember how she donated her time so unselfishly to volunteer at the hospital, at the summer lunch program, and at church. I remember her delivering communion to us at Avera Queen of Peace after giving birth to one of our daughters. She always "kept track" of me through out the years. If more people were like Marcella this world would be a better place. She definitely made it a better place by the way she lived her life and those she touched along the way. She will be greatly missed by all, but I can only imagine how beautiful she is with her Maker in heaven. God bless you, Marcella, and I am blessed for having shared your life.
Posted by Jim & JoAnn Mentele on September 9, 2014
We have always enjoyed and admired Marcella. She is a great role model for all of us.
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