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Obituary: Marcella (Denzer) Nelson

Published in The Wanderer, January 3, 2018

Marcella (Denzer) Nelson, 68, of Rochester died December 31, 2017 at Tobey Hospital from complications of ALS surrounded by her family. A private family service will be held. Remembrances may be made to Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052 West Falmouth, MA 02574 or

Born in New York City, the daughter of the late Margaret (Kirby) Denzer, Marcella was raised in Norwood. She recently moved to Rochester after living in Mattapoisett for many years. Marcella was a graduate of Smith College and had an accomplished career at Balfour Co., Faxon Co., & Instron Corp., where she held Senior Management positions as Vice President and Director of Human Resources. She later had her own successful consulting business as a Career Coach.

She is survived by her husband, Manny Del Lima; 2 brothers: Walter Denzer and his wife Betsy Curtin of Grafton, NH and Michael Denzer and his wife Judy of Westminster, MA; her sister, Katherine (Denzer) Reddoch and her husband James of Medford, MA; 7 Denzer nieces and nephews: Matthew, Hannah, Bridget, Margaret, Owen and his wife Christine, Kaitlyn, Laura, and Caren O’Connell; and extended family in New Jersey. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit