Mrs. Waeltz was previously employed by Smithton Grade School, Ralston Purina Corporation, and was a former Avon representative. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL. She was a member of the St. John’s UCC Women’s Fellowship and the Smithton Senior Center. Marcella enjoyed spending time with family and loved to talk to family and friends on the telephone. Mrs. Waeltz loved baking and cooking, playing cards and Bunko, listening to country music, and watching game shows on TV. She was a St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan and loved to watch their games.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Orville T. Waeltz, whom she married on January 7, 1943, and who died on October 14, 2001; her parents, Henry and Albertina, nee Schildknecht, Bernhardt; three brothers, Lavern Bernhardt, Donald (Jean) Bernhardt, and Delmar (Laverna) Bernhardt; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Surviving are two sons, Gary Waeltz (Marlene Leard, special friend), and Mark (Barbara) Waeltz; a daughter, Gayle (Bruce) Robbins; eight grandchildren, Kristy (Bruce Jones) Waeltz Holland, Amy (Chris) Judd, Michelle Waeltz, Melissa Waeltz (Shane Cole, Special Friend), Jennifer Waeltz, Ryan (Brooke Wildman, Fiancée) Wambergue, Lindsay (Austin) McRaven, and Brian (Rebekah) Wallace; 13 great-grandchildren, Lily, Jane, Liam, Owen, Orion, Caela, Calista, Landyn, Lucas, Rory, Kyla, Xander and Rand; and a dear friend of the family, Jean Waeltz.
The family would like to give special thanks to the staff of BJC Home Healthcare and Heartland Hospice for their care and support.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2022, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, with Rev. Andy Wilson officiating.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2022, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, with Rev. Andy Wilson officiating.
Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.