Marcella M. Thomas

March 29, 1932 ~ January 2, 2019 (age 86)

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Marcella M. Thomas, 86, of Aberdeen, and formerly of Roscoe, SD passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Angelhaus in Aberdeen.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 7, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 409 3rdAvenue SE, Aberdeen, with Father Mark Lichter as celebrant.

Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen.

Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5thAvenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Sunday, at the mortuary with a liturgical wake service and rosary at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation continues one hour prior to Mass at the church on Monday.

Family and friends may sign Marcella’s online guestbook and also view her service via the live stream service link at

Marcella M. Heilman was born March 29, 1932, in Bowdle, SD to Lawrence and Regina (Heilman) Heilman.  She was raised on the family farm near Bowdle and attended country schools.  

Marcella was united in marriage to John P. Thomas in Bowdle on June 28, 1954.  The couple made their home on a farm near Roscoe, SD and Marcella worked as a prep-cook at Donnie’s Restaurant in Roscoe for several years.  In 1993, they moved to Aberdeen, where Marcella was employed at The Flame Restaurant as a prep-cook and also as a housekeeper at St. Mary’s Rectory.  She also made wedding and birthday cakes out of her home.  Marcella and John shared over 56 years of marriage and raised three children before he passed away on December 30, 2010.  In 2016, Marcella became a resident of Angelhaus in Aberdeen, where she continued to reside until the time of her death.

Marcella was a member of the Altar Society in both Roscoe and Aberdeen.  In her spare time, she enjoyed making crafts and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Blessed to have shared in Marcella’s life are her children:  Cletus (Karen Beffert) Thomas of Aberdeen, Elaine (Jerry) Kocher of Rapid City, SD and Eugene (Brenda) Thomas of Pierre, SD; one brother, Steve (Virginia) Heilman of Minneapolis, MN; two sisters, Margaret Malsom of Aberdeen and Regina (Jim) Jackson of Bowdle, SD; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Marcella was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and three sisters.


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