Marcella C. Bechel

Marcella C. Bechel, age 86 of Elmwood, died Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Menomonie after a brief illness.
Marcella was born on July 6, 1934 in Plum City. She was the daughter of William F. and Cecelia (Schladweiler) Kannel, Marcella grew up in Plum City, attended St. John Catholic School and graduated from Plum City High School. After high school, Marcella attended Business College in Eau Claire for one year. Marcella married Norbert N. Bechel on May 21, 1956 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plum City. After marriage, they lived in Eau Claire for a year and then rented a farm in the Arkansaw Prairie for four years. They then bought a farm in the Town of Rock Elm, rural Elmwood, where they raised their family and farmed for 41 years. Marcella was a member of the Plum City Legion Auxiliary, St. John’s Alter Society, card parties and birthday club.
Marcella is survived by her children; Diane (Dan) Bee of Wilson, David (Amy) of Elmwood, Gary (Carolyn) of Elmwood, Vernon of Beavercreek, OH, Melvin (Sara) of Elmwood and Bonnie Clough of Hammond, son-in-law; Dale Webb of Sarona, 27 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, siblings; Arlene (Ervin) Timmer of Monticello, MN, Leona Gruber of Durand and Norbert Kannel of Plum City, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband; Norbert, daughter; Linda Webb and one brother Harold Kannel.
Funeral Mass will be 1:00PM Thursday, October 22, 2020 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plum City. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00AM until time of services at the church on Thursday.
Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.
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