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November 19, 2017

11/14/2017 1:38:00 PM
Marcella D. Gerns, 92
Died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017

Marcella Daisy Gerns, 92, of Mission Viejo, California passed away Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, with her children by her side.

A memorial service and celebration of life was held at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Lake Forest, California on Oct. 28, followed by a luncheon.

Marcie is survived by herdaughter, Laurie Beckman; sons, Steven Gerns and Stewart Gerns; grandchildren, David Gerns, Helen Storey and Alexandra Miller; great-grandchildren, Wade, Jett, Cora, Farrah and Abby.

Marcella Daisy (Nelson) Gerns was born in Cokato on July 31, 1925. Her siblings described her as the "Hard Luck Kid" because of several life threatening situations she survived in her early years. She contracted polio as a child, was saved from drowning by her brother, was rescued after tumbling into a hog pen, and was badly burned with scalding water, which scarred her arm for life. Her mother died of cancer when she was 6 years old. After graduating from Annandale High School in 1943, she attended a secretarial school, subsequently moved to Los Angeles and found work as an office professional. She remained deeply connected to family and her Finnish heritage, and returned to Annandale at every opportunity. She eventually met Robert Gerns and they were married in a simple ceremony in 1950.

Marcie and Bob settled in Lawndale, California, where they raised their family. As a young stay-at-home mom, she had a home-based crafts business and took in seamstress work to make extra money until the children were old enough for her to return to work. She volunteered for many organizations including Lutheran Braille, the Lutheran High School Thrift Shop, Lutheran Women's Missionary League and the Altar Guild. After retiring from Toyota Motors in 1993, Marcie and her husband traveled whenever they could. After Bob's passing in 1999, Marcie continued to travel and volunteer at her church and various social clubs. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, crafts, needlework, water aerobics and Angels baseball.





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