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Marcella Lovre Oden

Marcella Lovre Oden Nov. 18, 1922 - July 5, 2013

PEORIA, AZ - Marcella (Mars) Lovre Oden passed away peacefully on Friday, July 5, 2013, in Peoria, AZ at the age of 90.

Mars was born on November 18, 1922 in Sacred Heart, MN to Marcus and Clara Dosseth. After graduating from high school in Sacred Heart, Mars earned her degree in elementary education from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. Mars took a teaching position in Toronto, SD, where she met Vernon Lovre. Mars and Vern were married in Sacred Heart on March 17, 1946. Together they had three children: JoAnn, Mark and John.

The family settled in Brookings until the sudden death of Vernon in July 1963. Four years after Vern's passing, Mars married widower Robert Oden and the family moved to Vermillion, SD.

Mars is survived by her husband, Robert, of Peoria, AZ; three children, JoAnn (Fred) Winkler of St. Augustine, FL, Mark (Janet) Lovre of Sioux Falls, SD, John Lovre of Brookings, SD; step-children Jane (Walt) Stull of Minneapolis, MN, Rob (Theresa) Oden of Hanover, CT; step-daughter-in-law Carolyn Oden of Seattle, WA; two sisters Joan (Rod) Skalbeck of Sacred Heart, MN and Corrine Kirkhart of Wichita, KS; ten grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mars was preceded in death by her parents, husband Vern, brother Steve, brother-in-law Winston and step-son Paul.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.