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Marcella Grangruth


Marcella Mae Grangruth, passed from this life into eternal life on January 24, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loved ones.

Marcella was born in Wadena County on May 5, 1937 to Otto and Eva Salminen. Marcella went to Menahga High School, from there she went up to the Iron Range and worked for Cluett and Peabody Company for a few years. She returned to Menahga and met Arvid Roth, from Park Rapids. They were married on December 17, 1955 and were blessed with five children: Michael, Patricia, Debra, Pamela, and Timothy. They lived in Sioux City, Iowa for a short time and then moved to Sepulveda, California for a couple of years. They eventually moved back to Minnesota and lived in Circle Pines for 14 years. After her marriage ended with Arvid, Marcella returned to Menahga. She met Armas Grangruth and they were married in 1972. After 14 years of marriage Armas lost his battle with cancer. Marcella lived alone in Menahga until she was called home to be with Jesus.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Eva Salminen, her brother, Verdie Salminen, three grandchildren: Cassidy Toole, Jesse Roth, Brandon Nunemaker; and her nephew, Christopher Salminen.

Marcella will be lovingly remembered by her five children: Michael (Kay) Roth of Petaluma, California, Patricia (James) Ellis of San Antonio, Texas, Debra (Bruce) Nunemaker of Ingram, Texas, Pamela (Butch) Toole of Menahga, and Timothy (Laura) Roth of Riddle, Oregon; nine grandchildren: Eric Wirkkala, Jessica Wirkkala, Bryanna Pellizzer, Dalton Ellis, Kayleigh Ellis, Lacey Gershenson, Rebecca Roth, Brooke Doheman and Shawn Roth; 12 great-grandchildren: Samantha Olson, Emily Olson, Adrian Lampkin-Wirkkala, Victoria Wirkkala-Landeros, Emily Pellizzer, Sebastian Pellizzer, Genesis Mae Ellis, Finn Gershensen, Hazel Gershensen, Cameron Doheman, and Bailey Doheman; and one great-great-grandchild, Ava Lynn Keiser; four nieces and nephews: Wade (Alicia) Salminen, Virgil Salminen, Melissa (Dave) Hallberg and Cynthia (Vasilios) Maroulas.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at the First English Lutheran Church of Menahga with Reverend James Hallaway officiating. Visitation will begin at the church one hour prior. Interment will be made in the Alajoki Cemetery north of Menahga. The casket bearers will be nephews and friends.

Arrangements are with Cardini-Pearson Funeral Home. To leave online condolences or to view the video tribute please visit 2-3c

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