Marcella Clara Gessert

Marcella Clara Gessert, 97, wife of Ernest J. Gessert (deceased), both former residents of Adell and rural Cascade, passed away at Plymouth Care Center on Wesnesday, Nov. 7, 2007.

She was the daughter of the late William and Lena (nee Faver) Guth, both formerly of Campbellsport.

Marcella was born in Milwaukee on Jan, 13, 1910. At the age of 5, she moved to Chicago with her parents and older brother, Raymond Guth.

Her father was a skilled finishing carpenter and cabinetmaker who moved to find more gainful work as a staircase specialist in the construction of residential mansions in the Chicago area.

Marcella grew up on Chicago’s Spalding Avenue on the near northwest side of the city and attended Austin High School.

Following graduation, she took a job as a secretary with an investment brokerage firm in Chicago’s Loop and managed to keep her job through the market crash of 1929.

She was a glamorous young woman who was easily mistaken for the actress Clara Bow at that time.

Marcella and her life-long friend and neighbor, Bernice Peterson, enjoyed meeting friends and sometimes dates for dancing at the famous Aragon Ballroom.

Like her mother and her friend, Bernice, Marcella was devoted to her Christian Science religion where she occasionally served as reader.

After learning to play the piano at an early age, she continued to play throughout her life and would sometimes play for friends at South Horizon Apartments adjacent to the former Plymouth Hospital.

During a trip to visit relatives in the West Bend area during the summer of 1931, Marcella’s cousin introduced her to her future husband, Ernie, at the Gessert Brothers Service Station in Kewaskum.

They were married one year later in Chicago on Aug. 27.

The couple lived at several locations in and around West Bend where their only daughter, Linda Carol Gessert, was born in 1949.

Her daughter said two of the most memorable thoughts her mother was fond of saying included: "Love is the most powerful force in the universe. It will overcome all evil;" and, "You are never alone, God is always with you."

Marcella and Ernie were avid bridge players and enjoyed time with family and friends over card games for many years.

Marcella was a member of the West Bend Canasta Club and the Adell Homemakers Club. She enjoyed baking, sewing, knitting and embroidery projects.

While at her most recent residence, the Plymouth Care Center, she very much enjoyed and was delighted by the visits of Plymouth-area preschool and grade school children.

Marcella Gessert is survived by her daughter, Linda Gessert Laible and son-in-law Richard Laible of Chicago and family; several cherished nieces and nephews and their families, Joyce Mueller and family of Random Lake, Jerome Junge and family of Silver Creek, Bonnie (Milton) Beth and family, of Dundee, Charles Gessert and family, of Florida, Robert Gessert and family of Kenosha, Janet (Cecil) Stell and family of Alabama; and Sandra Gessert of Florida.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth.

Friends may gather and share memories and stories at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the services.

Inurnment will be in the Plymouth Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Plymouth Public Library to expand the very limited availability of children’s music videos and DVDs.

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