Marcia Jean Camerer, 73

Published 8:42 am Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Marcia Jean Camerer, 73

Marcia Jean Camerer, 73, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at the Owatonna Hospice House in Owatonna, Minnesota, following a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Marcia was born March 19, 1944, in Owatonna, the daughter of Alvin and Ruth (Blume) Kruckeberg. She grew up on a farm near Bixby, Minnesota. She was confirmed on March 30, 1958, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Claremont, Minnesota. She graduated from Dodge Center High School in 1962, then attended cosmetology school in Austin, Minnesota. She worked in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, as a hairdresser for several years. Through the years, she continued to cut hair of family and friends. She retired from the Owatonna Canning Company in 2004. Marcia married Thomas Camerer on August 10, 1963, at St. John’s Lutheran Church; they were married for 48 years. They moved to rural Bixby on Marcia’s family home in 1975. Following Tom’s death in 2012, Marcia moved to Owatonna.  She loved fishing trips to northern Minnesota and Canada with family and friends, and wintering in Texas with Tom, Wayne and Neilene Johnson and her dog, Dusty. She held a special love of cardinals and birdwatching, and was a faithful fan of her grandchildren at school and sporting events. She held a special pride for her grandchildren and was joyful to become a great-grandmother. Most recently, she enjoyed her monthly get-togethers with former co-workers, gatherings with her cousins, and Sunday morning church and coffee with friends at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie. Marcia was a gentle spirit with a passion and devotion to family and friends.

Marcia is survived by three sons, Wade (Wendy) of Ellendale, Minnesota, Randy of Owatonna, and Barry of Owatonna; four grandchildren, Brooke of Owatonna, Thomas of Blooming Prairie, Cory (friend, Kate) of Ellendale, Minn., and Kayley of Ellendale; two great-granddaughters, Breelyn Camerer of Blooming Prairie and Breanna Dulas of Owatonna; her sister-in-law, Sherry Kruckeberg of Blooming Prairie; brother, and sisters-in-law, Calvin (Joan) Camerer of Elk River, Minnesota, Marvin Camerer, Rick (Nancy) Hansen, Leonne (Billy) Vavra, Roxanne (Calvin) Boyd and Dale Garness, all of Blooming Prairie, and Robin (Pat) Berg of Owatonna. She held dear many cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her faithful canine companion, Dusty. She was preceded in death by her husband Tom; her parents, Ruth and Alvin Kruckeberg; her brothers, Kevin and Ralph Kruckeberg; her sisters-in-law, Carol Kruckeberg, Carol Garness, and Romell Camerer; and her nephew, Darrin Garness.

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 A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie, with Pastor Jeff Sandgren officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10 at Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home, and one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be at Owatonna Memorial Gardens. Donations preferred to American Cancer Society, Homestead Hospice of Owatonna, or donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at