Marcellina Christina Weiss was born on June 2, 1921 in Dimock SD to John and Elizabeth (Mayer) Kurtenbach. She grew up and attended Saint Peter and Paul Parochial School in Dimock and then two years of high school in Ethan. She married William (Bill) J. Weiss on January 22, 1940 at Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Dimock. She worked right next to Bill on the farm by Milltown, milking the cows and helping with any other chore that needed to be done. She was noted for the meals that she cooked for anyone that happened to be at the farm; especially her taverns and her banana cake. She farmed with Bill until 1983 when they retired to their home in Parkston. She was a lifetime member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters and the Altar Society, even teaching catechism for a number of years. Her family was very important to her, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They all shared their time sitting on grandma’s lap at one time or another.
She is survived by her four daughters: Betty Carmody, Mitchell SD, Pat (Robert) Hauser, Norfolk NE, Carol Weiss, Mitchell and Deb Schnabel, Parkston; 13 grandchildren: Joe Carmody, Katrina (Jake) Lunders, Tammi (Dean) Welch, Susayn (Art) Lincon, Christy Carmody, Patti Carmody, Mark Hauser, Scott Hauser, Lance (Lindsey) Hauser, Kristin (Russ) Kromminga, Craig (Jennifer) Schnabel, Shawn (Whitney) Schnabel and Brett Schnabel; 15 great-grandchildren; 4 brothers: Aelred (Irene) Kurtenbach, DeWayne Kurtenbach, Frank Kurtenbach, Ivan (Chi Chi) Kurtenbach; 3 sisters: Eva (Everett) Scheetz, Alice (Gerald) Laber, Rita (Carl Huffman) Kurtenbach; 1 sister-in-law, Colleen Kurtenbach and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill in 2007, her parents, 3 brothers: Wilfred, John (Jack), Denis; two sisters: Marie Walz, Magdalena Kabeiseman; 2 sons-in-law, Bill Carmody and Richard Schnabel; two sisters-in-law: Jean Kurtenbach, Carole Kurtenbach and one granddaughter, Pam Elayne Carmody.