Darlene Lois Roepke, age 74, of New Germany, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, at the Elim Home in Watertown of ALS.
She was born July 20, 1934, to Wilmer H. and Olga M. (Harthun) Will, the oldest of seven children. Darlene was born and raised in rural Young America, Carver County. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer.
Darlene married Alden Walter Roepke Sept. 14, 1951, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany. They were blessed with five children.
A lifelong resident of Carver County, Darlene was a member of the Ladies Aid at St. John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Township, 4-H of Carver County, local Homemakers Group, 500 Card Club, and an active member of the New Germany community.
She loved to cook and bake, sharing with her friends and neighbors. Darlene also enjoyed feeding and watching the many varieties of migratory birds that came to her feeders every year.
Darlene was preceded in death by her son, Steven Roepke; father and mother, Wilmer and Olga Will; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Emil and Hilda Roepke; brothers Eugene Will and Arlen Will; and sisters Arlyce Larson and Mary Ann Kes.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Alden, of Waconia; daughters and sons-in-law Scheryl and Tom Moonen of Waconia, Sheila and Mark Heuer of Lake Crystal, and Shelley and James Borka of New Germany; son Scott Roepke of New Germany; and grandchildren Joshua Moonen of St. Bonifacius, Alesha and Nicholas Schutz of Cottage Grove, Amy Heuer of Lake Forest, IL, Jayson Heuer of Las Vegas, NV, Heidi Heuer of Valparaiso, IN, and John and Jacob Borka of New Germany.
Darlene is further survived by sisters and brothers-in-law Millicent and Gordon Miller of New Germany, and Lanette and Curtis Thaemert of Mayer; sisters-in-law Marcia Schiferli of Excelsior, and Joan Will of Chaska; brothers-in-law David Larson of Maple Plain, and Arnold Kes of Baxter; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Donald and Mabel Roepke of Waseca, and Darrell and Sandi Roepke of New Germany; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
The funeral service took place Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Twp., New Germany, with the Rev. Robert Rupprecht officiating. Interment was at St. John Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation was Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, and continued Wednesday, one hour prior to the service at the church.
Casket bearers were Darlene’s grandchildren: Joshua Moonen, Alesha and Nicholas Schutz, Amy Heuer, Jayson Heuer, Heidi Heuer, John Borka, and Jacob Borka.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. Online condolences are available at www.johnsonfh.com.