Marcella Ann VanDyke Contri
Marcella Ann Vandyke Contri, 86, died on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born June 12, 1931 in Vernon County, WI, daughter of Lloyd and Anna Marshall VanDyke. She was married to Dante Contri on June 3, 1950.
Marcella was preceded in death by her husband, parents, her twin brother Marvin, one sister, Thelma, and brothers, Clyde and Verlyn.
Surviving are one daughter, Mardana (Kevin) Beatty, one son, Dante (Darcy) Contri, grandchildren, Kevin, Adam (Tanya), Mark (Shelbi) Beatty, Dante M. Contri, Dayna Contri, Jonathan (Kelsi) Beatty, great-grandchildren, Jacob and Brayden Kelley, Lucas, Emma, Olivia, Madison, Ethan Beatty, Damian Mulvaney, brother, Delbert (Helen) VanDyke, sister-in-law Bernice VanDyke, and her beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Marcella spent the first 10 years of her life on her parent’s dairy farm. Time without electricity. Was able to milk along with other farm chores. Attending one room schools. Came to Springfield, IL when Dad retired to keep family close to sister, Thelma who lived in Springfield.
Attending DuBois then Ridgely where she graduated 8th grade. She moved to New Berlin and attended New Berlin Township High School graduating in 1948.
She joined Third Presbyterian Church in 1942 and was active in bible studies, Children’s Chapel, helped Mrs. Hildebrandt’s class, and later taught bible studies. She was ordained as an Elder and active in Shawl Ministry.
She moved back to Springfield in 1948 where she worked as a secretary for Public Aid. She continued her secretarial work at St. John’s from where she retired. She did other jobs as well.
Marcella’s life was full of many blessing from God. Loving parents, a twin, a sister and brother. We were a very close family. She was blessed again with her husband and children, grandkids, nieces and nephews who included me in their lives, as well. A silver thread wove us together.
My earthly journey has been full of more joys than sorrows. I have never been without a loved one near me. As much as one is not ready to move on—all journeys must end until we reach our final goal. Life, Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.
Memorial Gathering: 10:00 –11:00 am, Friday, September 1, 2017 at Third Presbyterian Church.
Memorial Service: 11:00 am, Friday, September 1, 2017 at Third Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Joseph Eby officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Northside Children’s Library.