Marcella Jane Dvorak Klein, 85, of rural Oxford, died peacefully Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Briarwood Care Center surrounded by her family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Iowa City, with the Very Rev. Rudolph Juarez officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, where a rosary will be recited at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Marcella Klein memorial fund.
Marcella was born Feb. 7, 1933, on a farm near Cuba, Kan., the daughter of Wesley and Mary Kasha Benyshek. Marcella married Edwin Dvorak on Sept. 12, 1951, in Ely. He died June 29, 1973. On Sept. 18, 1976, Marcella married Cletus Klein.
Marcella was employed for over 30 years in central sterilizing at UIHC, retiring in 1995.
Marcella was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, the Swisher American Legion Auxiliary, Union Township Women, Iowa City Eagle's Auxiliary 695 and REAC Retired Eagles Activity Club. She helped to organize many of the activities for the groups she belonged to. Marcella liked music and dancing, and time spent crocheting and gardening. Most important to Marcella was her family.
Marcella is survived by her husband, Cletus; her children, Joyce (Michael) Kinney of New Jersey, Lu Ann Dvorak of Iowa City and David (Melody) Dvorak of Viola; stepchildren, Kevin (Mary) Klein of North Liberty, Keith (Kandi) Klein of Oxford and Sheila Klein and Tony Klein, both of Iowa City; 10 grandchildren, Bradley (Alana) Beyer, Melissa (Danny) Bartoldus, Sean Ryan, Bethany Ryan, Brandon (Alisha) Dvorak, Heather Dvorak, Jesse (Gwen) Klein, Travis Klein, Chad Klein and Kristin (Collin) Birch; six great-grandchildren, Dylan, Araya, Harper, Easton, Sarah and David; in-laws; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Marcella was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; infant son, Richard Dvorak; her siblings, Eugene, Victor, Victoria, Douglas and Jo Ann; and step-son, Gary Klein.
Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com.