Marcella Maxine "Marcel" Nordseth (Bliven)
Nordseth, Marcella M., age 94 of Deephaven, passed away November 11, 2015. Preceded in death by her beloved husband Harold. Funeral service 11:00 AM Wednesday (11/18) at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Deephaven, 18360 Minnetonka Bvd. Deephaven with visitation one hour prior to service at CHURCH. Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to VitreoRetinal Surgery Foundation, VRSF, 7760 France Ave, Edina, MN 55435
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Life Story for Marcella Maxine "Marcel" Nordseth (Bliven)
In Celebration of Marcella’s Life
Marcella’s family is made up of her Elmer and Sophia Rye family, and her Palmer and Marie Nordseth family. Her extended family to consist of her life-long Deephaven friends and neighbors, her painting and art colleagues, the members of Grace Luthern church, her golfing, bowling and line-dance buddies. She developed sincere friendships and deeply cared for all the people in her life. They would know her by her dry sense of humor.
She was raised by her grandparents as a sister to Violet and Lila and lived through the hard times of the depression. Hence, she never wanted to go camping in her adult life. She said that she already experienced too much of that growing up, in fact, she lived it.
Marcella’s family settled in Deephaven on Minnetonka Boulevard. She loved sports and grew up swimming, skating, skiing, bicycling, playing baseball, and rope swinging into Wayzata Bay.
Marcella and Harold were high school sweethearts and Marcella graduated from Deephaven High School with Valedictorian honors in 1939. In 1941, Marcella and Lila had saved up to purchase a Whippet for $40.00. They traveled through the Western states during June and July. Marcella, Lila and Bunnie slept on the side of the road and changed their own flat tires, visiting the state parks along the way.
Harold enlisted into the military in 1943 and, while on furlough, they were married July 17,1944. They honeymooned in Florida.
After World War II, they designed and built their own home, living at Palmer Nordseth’s summer cottage while the house was being built. Palmer Nordseth helped them select the plot that was envisioned to be next to Thorpe Park.
Marcel’s art talent grew. She was educated in the American Realism style of painting. She won various art show awards. She was encouraged to teach her technique of wipeout style. She continued to grow as an artist and expanded into sculpture.
She was a homemaker and provided a warm, loving home and remained active her entire life. She was widowed in 1991. In 1995, at 74, she hiked the Grand Canyon and snorkeled the coral reef of Belize. She snow-blowed her own driveway and mowed her own lawn until her late 80’s. She loved bicycling the bike paths in Minnesota and Illinois. She golfed (walking, without a cart) until her 90’s. She walked to Deephaven Beach as long as she could.
She lived her life with grace, dignity and honor. She will be greatly missed and forever loved.
She will rest in peace along side of her beloved Harold “Bud” at Fort Snelling.