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May 27, 1952 – February 24, 2023

Mae Veanna Marschel was born to Walter and Ellen Erkkila on May 27, 1952 in Butte, Montana.  Mae passed away peacefully on February 24, 2023, surrounded by her loving family, in Rochester Minnesota.

When she was just an infant, her parents decided to move the family to the Wolf Lake area in Minnesota.  They moved throughout the state of MN before settling in Cokato.  She started Kindergarten there in 1957.

Some of her fondest memories of growing up in Cokato included playing with her dog Brownie, playing Barbies and dress up on the porch with her sister Marie, fishing with her dad, sauna night, going to Brooks Lake swimming, spending summer time vacations in the cities visiting her sisters, and going with her friends to the “soc hop.”  She graduated from Cokato High School in 1970.

She met Dennis in 1969 and it was love at first sight.  The two of them were married Sept 12, 1970. They settled in Cokato before they welcomed their first child, Gary John born February 23, 1971.  On January 11th, 1974, their second child, Melissa Anne was born.  Mae worked at Airtex in Cokato for 19 years, as a lead manager on the factory floor.   In 1994, Mae and Dennis sold their Cokato home and moved to Buffalo, MN, where Mae designed a dream home that Dennis, their friends, and family built near Lake Pulaski.  About that same time, she began working at Carlson Company where she retired in 2008.

Mae’s hobbies included attending her grandchildren’s activities, camping with friends and family, cooking, sewing, going to the casinos, traveling, and enjoying life.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dennis of Buffalo; Son Gary (Joy) of Buffalo; daughter Melissa(Missy) Roskopf of Phoenix; Grandchildren Hannah Roskopf (Wyatt Schuh); Ethan Roskopf (Aricka Ullius); Brianna Marschel (Austin Brown) and Christian Marschel.  She is also survived by her sisters Elvi Peterson, Marie Maki (Steve) and brother David Erkkila.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Carol Erkkila and in-laws Ben & Dolores Marschel.

Her reflective laugh and quirky humor will be missed by.

The support you have shown by your presence and kinds acts is greatly acknowledged by Mae’s family.  No thank you cards will sent.

Funeral services for Mae Marschel will be held on Thursday, March 2nd, 2023 at 10:30 A.M. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo.   Interment Riverside Cemetery in French Lake.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 1st from 4-8 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.   A Prayer service will be held Wednesday evening at 7:30 P.M.   Further visitation will be held on Thursday, March 2nd one hour prior to services at the church.

Casket Bearers will be Ethan and Hannah Roskopf, Brianna and Austin Brown, Wyatt Schuh, Christian Marschel and Aricka Ullius.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.   Online condolences may be made to

Please follow the link above to livestream the services for Mae Marschel





2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Tiffany Wimbish

    Our God is faithful. He loves us even in the hard times. He will never leave us or forsake us. Thank you lord for your hand on this family during this hard time. Praying for peace and strength for you all. We will see Mae again.

  2. Tami Harrington

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family Missy. I enjoyed meeting your mom when she came to Arizona with you dad on their visits. She was always smiling. She will be embraced in heaven.


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