Marcella Clara Hamm, age 98, of Sioux City, passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at a local hospital.
Visitation will be from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 3, 2021, at Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, Larkin Chapel (located at 2320 Outer Drive N. in Sioux City, IA.) Rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Parish Vigil at 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 4, 2021, at St. Michael Catholic Church (located a 2223 Indian Hills Drive) with Rev. Peter Duc Nguyen officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery following the service.
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Marcella was born November 14, 1922, in Portsmouth, Iowa to John and Rose (Trierweiler) Besch. Shortly after she was born her family moved to Sioux City, IA in a horse drawn covered wagon. She grew up in Sioux City and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1940. Right out of high school Marcella worked for Watland Seed Company. May 1, 1948, Marcella married Merwyn F. Hamm at the old St. Michael Church in Leeds. Marcella worked as a receptionist at Tyler Terrace Beauty Salon and later for Hair by Rick until she retired.
She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and the Altar Society. Marcella was involved in the Eagles Club and Siouxland Senior Center. She enjoyed dancing, gardening both vegetables and flowers, along with cooking and canning. Marcella was a lifelong Democrat.
Marcella is survived by her son, John (Julie) Hamm of Sioux City, IA; daughter, Mary Ellen (Ernest) Vortherms; 4 grandchildren; Amy (David) Kellis, Christine (Tim) Slania, Catherine (David) Heger, Nicole Vortherms; 10 great grandchildren; 2 Sisters; Veronica Little and Sister Mary Rosemunda Besch; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; John and Rose Besch; husband, Merwyn Hamm; siblings, Annie Besch, Lawrence Besch, Elizabeth Rossmar, Mathias Besch, Nicholas Besch, Leonard Besch, Hermon Besch, Benedict Besch, Clarence Besch.