WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Marcellus John Michael Theisen

    Mass of Christian burial celebrating the life of Marcellus John Michael Theisen of Upsala was held August 7, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Upsala.  Burial was at St. Francis of Assisi Parish Cemetery.  

    Marcellus, 97, died at the St. Cloud Hospital Sunday morning.  

    Marcellus was born April 6, 1917 to Math and Catherine Theisen in Rockville Township. He married Frances Schramel on September 23, 1941 at Lake Henry.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945 fighting in the Pacific theater during WWII.  After his discharge, the couple lived in Cold Spring, Regal, and St. Francis before retiring to Upsala in 1982. Marcellus worked Cold Spring Granite before purchasing his land near St. Francis where he farmed for over 30 years.  He especially loved any time he got to spend with his grandchildren.  He was an active member of his communities and church.  He served as a school board member for Country School District 2056, a school board member for Upsala School System, the St. Anthony Creamery, the Treasurer for the Telephone Board in Upsala, the Holdingford Shippers Association, a member of the Holdingford VFW, the D.A.V., and was active in both St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Upsala.

    Survivors include his children Rich (Jeanie) Theisen, Maple Grove; John (Trish) Theisen, Sauk Rapids; Jerry (Joan) Theisen, Bowlus; Bob (Judy) Theisen, St. Francis; Leo (Janet) Theisen, Walnut Grove; Linda Theisen, Coon Rapids; Ken (Nancy) Theisen, Plymouth;  16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; siblings Sylvester (Vera) Theisen, St. Joseph; and Delores Schwegel, Cold Spring.

    Preceding him in death were his parents Math and Catherine Theisen; his wife Frances Theisen (2011); son James Theisen; infant children Mary and Joseph; brother Elmer Theisen; sisters Katherine Molitor, Marie Kalla, Betty Kneip, Christine Birk, Vitalia Brinkman, and Sr. Diane Theisen, OSB.