Marcella M. Dion nee Stoffel, age 83, of Lombard, returned home to her Savior early Thursday morning, March 30, 2017.
Marcella was born the ninth of eleven children to Henry and Rose Stoffel, in Pine City, Minnesota, during the depths of the Great Depression. She married the love of her life, Edward, in 1957. She was a resident of Lombard since 1963.
Marcella taught herself how to play the organ, piano, guitar, accordion and harmonica, but her favorite instrument was the kazoo while leading her grandchildren in musical parades around the house.
She loved to travel, visiting many different states, but the one state dearest to her heart was Minnesota, which she looked forward to visiting with great anticipation every year, because it meant being with the family and friends that she grew up with.
She was very active at Sacred Heart Church. Over the years, she visited the home bound, took ladies who were unable to drive out shopping and to appointments, scheduled altar servers, was a collection counter, playground lady, preschool aide, and was a past recipient of the CCW Woman of the Year.
She greatly enjoyed winter activities, teaching her children how to ice skate, sled, construct snow men and make snow angels. In warmer weather, Marcella took long walks nearly every day.
She specialized in making homemade jelly, strawberry-rhubarb sauce, short cake, lemon bars, and potato salad. Her sense of humor included hiding rutabagas in the soup while pretending they were potatoes and making liver while telling her children that it was Italian steak.
Marcella is survived by her devoted husband and best friend of 60 years, Edward; her loving children, James (Lynn) Dion of Villa Park, Yvonne (Anthony) Invergo of Lombard, Denise (Joseph) Pleitt of Warrenville, Bro. Thomas Dion of Orange, New Jersey, and Daniel Dion of Lombard; her dear grandchildren, Justin (Emily) Invergo, Brandon Invergo (Giouli Politi), Deanna Invergo, Jason Pleitt, Katherine (Thomas) Dion-Meier, Kristina Pleitt, Emily Dion, Christopher Dion, Zachary Invergo, and Nathan Pleitt; her great-grandchildren, Ava, Rhys, Isla, and Orestes; her sisters, Rosemary (the late Floyd) Schultz, Theresa (Roddy) Kovacovich, Dorothy (Vincent) Pixley, and Betty Lou (Bernard) Wurm, and her brother, Edwin (Rachel) Stoffel; as well as countless nieces, nephews and relatives. Mrs. Dion was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Rose Stoffel; grandson, Nicholas Pleitt; brothers, George Ernest, and Ralph, and sisters, Dolores and Eileen.
Visitation will be held Sunday, April 9th from 3 – 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, April 10th with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church for 10 AM Mass. Entombment will follow at Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton.
In lieu of flowers, Masses or Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Brn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631.
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