September 13, 2013
Marcella (Hopfinger) Bendzulla died from complications due to cancer on Sept. 10, 2013, with family at her side. She was 75 years old.
A viewing for Marcella will be at 9 a.m. on Sept. 19, 2013, at the Lassila Funeral Chapel, with the service to begin at 10 a.m. and a reception to follow immediately after. Graveside services will be limited to a small family gathering.
Marcella was born on Sept. 14, 1937, in Krummau, Germany. She was the daughter of Franz Hopfinger and Theresia Hager. Marcella married Horst Bendzulla on Oct. 2, 1959, in Berlin, Germany, moving to Southern California in January of 1960.
In 1972 they moved their family to Auburn, Calif. Marcella’s greatest passion was her family — raising two daughters and one son. She enjoyed many hobbies, such as gardening, sewing bowling, tennis and golfing. She especially loved planting and cultivating roses. Marcella and Horst enjoyed frequent travels to Europe, visiting family and places of family history. They also enjoyed trips to Russia, Alaska and many other places. Marcella was a member of the LDS Church, Lake of the Pines Ward.
Marcella is survived by her husband of 53 years, Horst Dieter Bendzulla; daughters Sylvia Lewis and Sonja McEntee; and five grandchildren. She is also survived by five sisters, one brother and many nieces and nephews living in Bavaria and Austria.
Marcella will be long remembered as someone who saw the good in everyone. She loved her family immensely and unconditionally. Everyone who had the privilege of knowing Marcella felt her goodness and warmth. She will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Bristol Hospice of California.