Marcella Dorothy Roth was born March 23, 1942 to Fredrick and Katherine (Winkler) Roth in Avon, S.D.
Marcella attended rural school near Avon and graduated at the Tyndall (S.D.) High School in 1960.
She married the love of her life, Leo Petrik, Oct. 31, 1961. Leo and Marcella ranched South of Dante, S.D., until 1968, when they move to Custer, S.D.
While living in Custer she worked at the Sanitor Hospital, several years at Colonial Manor Nursing Home as a Certified Nursing Assistant starting when it first opened in 1972. She later worked at Judy’s Cafe.
In 1988 Leo and Marcella moved to Wagner, S.D. While living in Wagner, she worked at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home for several years before her retirement.
In December 2016, Marcella moved to Custer Regional Senior Care and Leo moved to the Wedgewood Assisted Living in Custer. They were together again when Leo moved to Custer Regional Senior Care in September 2017.
Marcella was a member of the Wagner Lutheran Church and the Post 11, Wagner American Legion Auxiliary.
She will be remembered as a kind, loving soul with a heart of gold. She loved cooking, especially for her family. She also loved dogs, playing cards, bingo, dancing and listening to music. Spending time with her family and friends was her favorite thing to do and what she enjoyed the most. She also took great joy in being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her favorite color was purple and yellow roses were her favorite flower.
Marcella died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at Custer Regional Senior Care. She was 75.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Edwin, Arvin and Richard Roth; sisters, Viola Whoel, Emma Roth, Martha Roth, Hulda Streyle, Gladys Brunken and Ella Meisenholder; sisters-in-law, Sylvia (Bucholz) Roth, Helen (Heckenliable) Roth and Carol (DenOuden) Roth; and brothers-in-law, Leon Whoel, Paul Meisenholder, Ervin Streyle and Elwood Brunken.
Marchella is survived by her husband, Leo Petrik of Custer; daughters, Marcia (Jeff) Hento Custer and Margaret (Troy) Carling of Black Hawk, S.D.; sons, Mathew “Mike” (Mellissa) Petrik of Avon and Larry (Kay) Petrik of Mitchell, S.D.; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services were March 3 at St. John Lutheran Church in Wagner, S.D. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Dante.