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.
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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.