Marcella M. Guenzel, 88, switchboard operator

Marcella Marie Guenzel, sweet, loving and devoted mother, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Pope John Paul II in Danbury, CT. She was 88 years old.

“Marcy” was born on December 14, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY, the second of three children to Hildegard and Arthur Johnson, both Swedish. Years later, her family relocated to Malverne, Long Island, where she would meet her beloved husband to be, Edwin Guenzel.

While Ed was overseas, they got engaged. During the war years, Marcy enjoyed working as a Wartime Switchboard Operator, connecting servicemen’s first calls home. After the war, Marcy and Ed married on May 18, 1946 in Malverne, NY. A few years later, they relocated to Newtown, CT and raised three daughters. She loved just being with her family, playing tennis, boating, and yellow roses. Marcy worked for many years as a secretary at Dual Lite in Newtown, CT.

In 1986, she and Ed retired to Port Charlotte, FL. They enjoyed exploring Florida and traveling to Hawaii, The Caribbean, Las Vegas, CA, and CT. After she was widowed in 1995, Marcy traveled with her sister Carol and cousin Gail to Sweden where she happily discovered her ancestry and still living relatives. In 2011, she returned to Ridgefield, CT to reside with her daughter Deborah, son-in-law John Lefebvre, and her loving “grand-dog” Luke.

Marcy is survived by her three daughters Barbara Guenzel of Port Charlotte FL., Christine Holt and son-in-law John of Danbury, CT., and Deborah Lefebvre and son-in-law John of Ridgefield, CT. She also leaves behind her three grandchildren Eron Lefebvre and his wife Trish, Timothy Lefebvre, and Janine Lefebvre and her fiance Bryan Mac Donnell, three great-grandchildren Matthew and Jenna Lefebvre, and Morgan Kairney, sister Carol Marino “Lil Sis” of Spring Hill, FL., sister-in-law Sylvia, nephews, nieces, and cousins, including numerous relatives in Minnesota and Sweden.

Besides her husband Ed and parents, she is pre-deceased by her brother Arthur II and her grandson Derek. Her grateful and kind personality will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. She was always cheerful, positive, and ready for fun.

A private family celebration of her life will be held as her ashes will join her husband’s at Culloden Point in Montauk, NY.