Darlene Ardyce Holmgren, 82, of Pennock, died Sunday, March 27th at her home. Her memorial service will be 11:00 am, Saturday, April 2nd at Salem Covenant Church in rural Pennock. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm, Friday at the church and continue one hour prior to her service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Carris Health Hospice. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. www.hafh.org
Darlene Ardyce Holmgren was born at home in Waseca on October 8, 1939, to Arthur Walter and Myrtle Clara (Redeske) Leslie. She was baptized at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Otisco, and confirmed her faith at Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca. She grew up in Waseca where she attended country school before graduating from Waseca High School with the Class of 1957. She continued her education in Minneapolis where she studied to be a secretary. On May 7, 1960, Darlene was united in marriage to Douglas Holmgren at Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca, where they continued to live. In 1962, Darlene and Doug moved to Pennock where they made their home. Darlene started working for Willmar Municipal Utilities until her first child was born. To this union four children were born: Selina, Wanda, Steven and Duane. She then helped Doug on the farm, tending to the chickens, calves and horses, among many other things. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, crocheting, and gardening. Darlene was also very involved with her church women’s group, ARC, home extension group and she was a 4-H Leader. She was a loving wife, mom, grandma and friend.
Darlene is survived by her husband, Douglas of Pennock; children: Selina (Bill) Berning of Litchfield and their children: Brittney (Chad Jaber) and Nicole; Wanda Holmgren of Faribault and her children: Sigrid, Hazel and Metta; Steven Holmgren of Willmar; and Duane (Brianna) Holmgren of Pennock and their children: Emma, Lily, Brinley and Jase; and cousin, Donna Hildebrandt of Waseca.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers-in-law Robert Holmgren and Keith Holmgren, niece Denise Holmgren and cousins: Cynthia (Howard) Paulsen, and Robert Tetzloff.
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