Marcella Kraft, former resident, passes away in Black Hawk
Marcella Kraft, 78, of Black Hawk and formerly of Mobridge, passed away April 30, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Marcella was born the third child of 11 to John and Helen Imberi on July 7, 1935 in Hillsview. She was raised on the family farm in Glencross. Marcella married Gene Kraft in 1956 and they raised their six children in Mobridge. They moved to Black Hawk in 1978. After raising her family, Marcella worked in Tally’s Restaurant in Rapid City for many years.
Anyone and everyone felt welcomed in Marcella’s home. Her children remember always having large wonderful meals and her signature caramel rolls, with plenty to go around for anyone who dropped in. She was honest, loving, kind and appreciative and always recognized the beauty in everything. She always gave her best effort, even up to the end of her life.
Marcella is survived by four sons, Allan “Guy” (Patty) Kraft of Rapid City, John Andrew Kraft of Rapid City, Thomas “Tom” (Yvonne) Kraft of Black Hawk and Robert “Bob”Kraft of Black Hawk; two daughters, Anna (Allan) Schneider of Emmett, Idaho, and Eleanor “Ellie” (Michael) Barnett of Bowling Green, Ohio; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Alex (Linda) Imberi of Rapid City, Balzer “Bill” Imberi of Mobridge and Larry (Sandy) Imberi of Phoenix, Ariz.; and seven sisters, Cecila “Sis” (Willy) Hepper of Mobridge, Martha Gibson of Chicago, Ill., Margaret (Larry) Taylor of Black Hawk, Katherine Knudson of Mobridge, Beverly (Jerome) Kramer of Summerset, Althea “Tootie” (Bill) Herman of Enfield, Conn., and Joann (Dale) Dietrich of Luverne, Minn.
Marcella was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Eugene “Gene” Kraft, on Sept. 11, 2009.
Christian Funeral Mass was held Monday, May 5, 2014, at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont.
Interment was at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, under the direction of Osheim and Schmidt Funeral Home of Rapid City.