Marcella “Sally” Ries

Marcella “Sally” Ries

NEW ULM — Marcella “Sally” Ries, 100, of New Ulm, died Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 at Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.

Due to current social constraints, a private family Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father Shawn Polman will celebrate the Mass and burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

Livestreaming of the Mass will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, on Minnesota Valley Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

Marcella is survived by her children, Harold (Pat) Ries of Palm Desert, CA, Mike (Charlotte) Ries of New Ulm, Jerry (Jackie) Ries of Beeville, TX, Tom (Lynn) Ries of North Mankato, Mary Gieseke of New Ulm, Bob (Patti) Ries of New Brighton; 20 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; four great-great- grandchildren; sister, Linda Cooling; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerome Ries; siblings, Roland (Mable) Hacker, Sylvester (Edna) Hacker, Jerome (Audrey) Hacker, Dennis (Mary) Hacker, and Florence Lane.

Marcella Myra Hacker was born March 28, 1920 on the farm in Lafayette Township to Anton and Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Klingler) Hacker. On Oct. 17, 1939, Sally was united in marriage to Jerome Ries. The two were blessed with six children whom they raised on their farm outside of Klossner. Sally thoroughly enjoyed working and living on the farm and could always be found tending to her garden or milking the cows. After they retired from farming in 1971 and Jerome’s passing in 1972, Sally continued her work at 3M in New Ulm and found a new passion through dancing. Sally loved attending polka music dances and made numerous friends while following the Leon Olsen Band and at the ballrooms in Gibbon and Waconia. She was not one to stay idle, she spent her time canning, baking, fishing, bowling, or just driving around to see what was going on. Some of her more elaborate trips were traveling to California and Texas to visit her sons Harold and Jerry. She even traveled across the world to visit Jerry in the Philippines while he was stationed there in the Navy. Sally had a great love for flowers and always ensured that others would be able to enjoy them every Sunday morning at Mass. Sally had many hobbies but she was always happiest when she was able to spend time with her family.

Many great memories will stay with those that knew and loved Sally. Blessed be those memories.