Marcella Clara Amelia Kuechle Robertson
Marcella Clara Amelia Kuechle Robertson left us Jan. 6, 2013. Her adventurous spirit permeated her life along with her great love for music. Marcella, daughter of Josephine and Theodore Kuechle, began her journey in Grandview, Ohio, on May 2, 1919. She came to her journeys end Jan. 6, 2013, in Destin, Fla.
She graduated from the Grandview (a suburb of Columbus) schools in 1936 and attended the music conservatory at Capitol University, majoring in piano for two years, after which, she transferred to Ohio State University. She graduated from Ohio State in 1940, majoring in music education. Marcella taught English and music in Roundhead, Ohio, for a year before stepping out to join the Charmendelle Trio, starting her career as a professional musician playing in Alexandria, La. This lead to New York, where she joined the USO Camp Show for a tour in the Pacific in 1946.
On her return, she played in venues in Louisiana and Wisconsin for a couple of years and joined the Red Cross, playing for troops of the famed Rainbow Division stationed at Burgerbraukeller, Munich, Germany, for six months.
She became a civilian actress teacher with a musical show composed of eight GI's and four civilians for her final year in Germany. Following her European travels, she visited the territory of Hawaii for six months prior to returning to the states, to attend Juilliard in New York City, N.Y., for piano studies.
Her musical career lead her through Las Vegas, Nev., Reno, Nev., and Alaska, working with various musical acts before marrying Harry Robertson, a widower with three daughters, and within five years, they added their two sons to the family. Marcella kept up with her family duties, played musical gigs on weekends and taught piano lessons in her home. She never lost her zeal for travel, making trips abroad, road trips across the United States, and she developed a desire for remodeling. She did nine restorations, including seven in the German Village historical area in Columbus.
Through a volunteer program, Marcella entered a career as a librarian, serving several years before retiring from the Columbus schools as an Elementary School Field Librarian, supervising six elementary school libraries.
Marcella also volunteered reading books for the blind and participated in book clubs and theater events to round out her pursuit of the arts.
Prior to moving to Destin, Fla., Marcella was a long time member of First Community Church in Columbus, Ohio. She left many longtime friends moving to a warmer climate for health reasons and nearer to her son.
Marcella is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers, Richard and Roland, sister, Phyllis Wilde, and step-daughter, Carol Schlienitz.
She leaves behind her eldest son, Christopher of Coupeville, Wash., devoted son, Jamie of Niceville, Fla.; granddaughter, Jessica; grandson, Eric; and stepdaughters, Harriett Hammel and Elizabeth Marvin.
Marcella's quick wit, keen sense of humor and pleasant disposition stayed with her throughout her years and will be missed by those who came in contact with her throughout her life. Marcella was not one to just play music, when she sat down at the keyboard, she brought the music to life. She plays to a new audience.
A Memorial Service will take place at 11 a.m. Jan. 12 at Twin Cities Cremation Services & Funeral Home, 1405 E. John Sims Parkway in Niceville.
In Lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America 322 Eight Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.