Marcella Hazel Ruhnke, 82, of Fort Dodge passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines on Friday, June 28, 2013. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at North Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Marcella was born July 24, 1931 to Henry Zinnel and Agnes Wichtendal in West Bend, Iowa. She attended and graduated from West Bend High School. On October 8, 1949, Marcella married Fred Ruhnke at Saint Luke's Lutheran Church in Fairville, Iowa. After their marriage, they resided in Fort Dodge, where Marcella worked at Friendship Haven. They later adopted their two children, Larry and Peggy.
Marcella is survived by her children Larry Ruhnke and Peggy (Ron/Rick) Anderson, all of Fort Dodge; her brother, Raymond (Lorma) Zinnel, of West Bend, grandchildren Shelby and Jordan Anderson; Tina Rubio, Christine (Raul) Martinez and Michael (Savannah) Ruhnke, and 9 great-grandchildren.
Marcella was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 62 years, and her siblings Elsie, Esther, Arnold and Henry Jr.
Marcella was happiest when she was around her family. She enjoyed playing cards and dominoes, and going to church. She always looked forward to seeing and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.