Marcellin Agnes Kalin Little, 93, of Beatrice, NE passed away October 30, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Beatrice, NE. She was born January 28, 1927 in a farm home near Burchard, NE to Emil and Agnes Gyhra Kalin. She attended District #15 a one-room school northeast of Burchard, and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1943, at the age of 16. After high school she worked at Jerpes Creamery and Lang’s Grocery in Tecumseh. On March 5, 1946, she married Billie Val Little at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burchard, NE. Five children were born to this union: Patricia Michielutti, William Little, Judith Little, Linda Reiman and Terrance Little.
After their marriage, Marcellin and Bill lived on a farm near Crab Orchard. In 1949, they purchased 80 acres northeast of Lewiston where they lived for ten years. They bought a farm south of Lewiston in 1959. Marcellin and Bill made their home there for 51 years. Marcellin worked alongside Bill in the fields, as well as tending a huge vegetable garden, canning and preserving the produce. She loved being outside and working in her flower garden. On Sundays, the family gathered at the farm, where Marcellin served family favorites like fried chicken, canned beef, homemade pies and cinnamon rolls. Her biggest joy was visits from her grandkids and great-grandkids and following their activities. Marcellin filled many scrap books with stories, memories and photos of her family. She had beautiful handwriting, and enjoyed writing letters. Billie died April 21 2001. She remained on the farm until 2010 when she moved to Beatrice.
Marcellin worked for Campbell Soup in Tecumseh for 23 years, and served as Vice President of the UFC Local Union. She was a member of the Altar Society at Sacred Heart Church in Burchard, St Joseph Catholic Church in Beatrice, the Falls City Deanery, the Pink Sisters Auxiliary in Lincoln. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary #367 in Virginia.
She is survived by daughters Patty Michielutti (Mitch) of Georgetown, Texas, Linda Reiman (Don) of Virginia NE, brothers Emmett Kalin (Dee) of Beatrice, and Omer Kalin (Oliva) of Lincoln. Grandchildren, Jon Conradt (Heidi) of Reston, VA, James Conradt (Nicole) of Austin, TX, Eric Michielutti (Sonya) and Ronda Perry (Jeff) of Lincoln, Fleming Pachucki of Attica MI, Michele Holle (Scott) of Bremen, KS, Kelly Little Fugett (Fred) Hallam, Bille Joe Little (significant other Kim Meers ) of Virginia, Kevin Reiman (Deb) of Weeping Water, Korey Reiman of Lincoln, Ronda Stinson (Jason) Syracuse, Jessica Little of Lincoln, Jenna Malik (TJ) of Omaha, 32 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill, her husband of 55 years, infant daughter Judith, sons Terry and Bill Little, son-in-law Robert Conradt, daughter-in-law Judy Little, brothers Francis and Jerome Kalin, sisters Audrey, Esther Bstandig and Bernice Jury.
Marcellin will be remembered by her welcoming smile, kindness and acceptance of everyone she met.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Beatrice with Father Tom Walsh officiating. A rosary will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Monday, November 2, 2020 at Harman-Wright Mortuary. A private family burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Burchard, NE. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Virginia Legion Club #367 Aux. Harman-Wright Mortuary & Crematory in Beatrice in charge of arrangements.
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