830 South Colfax Street
West Point, NE 68788
Phone: 402-372-2022
Fax: 402-372-2033
Marcella Praest

Marcella Praest

Monday, September 27th, 1926 - Monday, August 5th, 2019
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Obituary

Mass of Christian Burial for Marcella Praest age 92 of rural Dodge, NE will be on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church-Aloys rural West Point, NE with Fr. Steve Emanuel as celebrant. Interment will be in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery with a luncheon following at the GA Cafeteria in West Point. Visitation will be on Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Minnick Funeral Home in West Point, with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m., and will continue on Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church.

She died Monday, Aug. 5 at her home.

1926 – 2019

Marcella Margarita (Batenhorst) Praest was born September 27, 1926 to Joe and Anna (Dirkschneider) Batenhorst. She was baptized and confirmed at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Beemer. She attended a rural school near Beemer.

On October 10, 1951, she married Henry G. Praest at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Beemer. Together, they farmed north of Dodge.

Marcella spent most of her life on the farm and never sat still for a moment. At 90 years old, she was still raising chickens, checking cows, gardening and ensuring her farm cats were well-fed. She even hosted Christmas with her family this past year. Marcella loved playing cards and cooking. No one ever left her house hungry. She was always sneaking treats to her grandchildren and then her great-grandchildren no matter what time of day it was or how close it was to their next meal.

In her spare time, she enjoyed her favorite tv shows and radio programs.

Marcella was a member of St. Aloysius Church and a devout Catholic. She prayed the rosary every day and was a member of the Ladies Guild and Christian Mothers.

Marcella is survived by her sons, Jimmy (Carol) Praest of Dodge, Gene (Denise) Praest of West Point, Gerald Praest of Dodge; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Tina Werner of Norfolk, Steven (Tanya) Praest of Sacramento and family-Amanda, Brittni, Berlin and Antonio, Tony Praest of Dodge, Robert (Ashley) Praest of Beemer and children Vanessa, Preston, Emmet and Hannah; brother Winfred Batenhorst of Beemer, sister-in-law Marie Middlestead of Mokena, Illinois, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husband Henry G. Praest in 1970, her parents, her siblings Verna Reiman, Valen Batenhorst, Ethel Ruskamp, Joe Jr. Batenhorst and Richard Batenhorst.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, August 9th, 2019 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Minnick Funeral Home-West Point
    Address
    830 S. Colfax St.
    WEST POINT, NE 68788
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    There will be a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
    Location
    St. Aloysius Catholic Church-Aloys
    Address
    700 Hwy. 32
    west point, NE 68788
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    St. Aloysius Catholic Church-Aloys
    Address
    700 Hwy. 32
    west point, NE 68788
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  • Interment

    Location
    St. Aloysius Catholic Church-Aloys
    Address
    700 Hwy. 32
    west point, NE 68788
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Steven, Tanya, Berlin, & Antonio Praest

Posted at 07:00pm
Marcella Praest brought so many gifts to our life. We will never forget her!
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Cathy Sykora

Posted at 09:03pm
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Marion Herzinger

Posted at 01:13pm
our deepest sympathy to the family. when I grew up we were neighbors to Marcella and Henry.
I enjoyed visiting with her and Jimmy in April of 2016 when my om passed away.
Again our thoughts go out to the family. Cling to the memories
May God grant you strength at this difficult time
Ken and Marion (Schlecht) Herzinger from Sun City AZ
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