Marcella L. Gildner

Marcella L. Gildner

July 24, 1921 - November 10, 2017

Marcella L. Gildner, age 96 of Austin, Minnesota, formerly of Guttenberg, Iowa, passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center in Austin, Minnesota. Marcella Louise was born July 24, 1921 near Manly, Iowa in Worth County. She graduated with the Class of 1939 from Manly High School. After graduation, Marcella drove a bread truck in Mason City during WWII. In 1944 she was united in marriage to Lester R. Gildner at the rectory of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mason City. Her husband's career moved them to various communities in the Midwest including the Iowa communities of Fort Dodge, Spencer, Mason City and Bettendorf, then Minneapolis, MN, and Waukegan, IL. They spent the first few years of retirement in Brownsville, TX before settling in Guttenberg, IA. Marcella was a faithful volunteer for the Guttenberg Food Bank, and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Guttenberg. She was an accomplished acrylic painter, and ‘expert' Yahtzee competitor. Marcella dearly loved her family and friends, and had a special place in her heart for pets. She was the ‘best mother-in-law in the world', and brought a little bit of sunshine into the lives of all who knew her.

Marcella is survived by her daughters Dianna (David) Jacobsen of Gurnee, IL, Terrie (Tom) Leake of Austin, MN; grandchildren Christa Jacobsen and Tom Jacobsen, and Travis Leake and Matthew Leake; by nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lester; brothers Edward (Cora Mae) Yezek and Leo (Marian) Yezek; grandson Michael Jacobsen.

Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Manly, Iowa at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Memorials in Marcella's memory may be directed to the Mower County Humane Society in Austin, Minnesota. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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