Darlene Jane Knop, age 75, of Annandale, passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.
She was born Aug. 22, 1938, in rural Buffalo, the daughter of Raymond E. and Albertina “Allie” Topel Ramthun.
Darlene was baptized Sept. 11, 1938, by the Rev. Alvin Leerssen. She was also instructed in the Lutheran catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith July 6, 1952, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church-Crawford Lake by the Rev. Marvin Hanke.
Darlene graduated from Buffalo High School in 1956.
Darlene and Willard “Willie” Knop were joined in holy marriage Sept. 28, 1957, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church-Crawford Lake. God blessed their marriage with four children.
Darlene was employed for more than 20 years as an administrative assistant at Functional Industries in Buffalo.
While a member at Trinity, Darlene played the church organ for several years, belonged to the church choir, and to the Young People Society. She also taught Sunday school and was a vacation Bible school teacher at Trinity.
Following her marriage, Darlene became a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Delano. She taught Sunday school at Mount Olive, and volunteered in the kitchen at Mount Olive School.
In 1980, Darlene and Willie moved to Annandale and became faithful members of Zion Lutheran Church. While a member of Zion, Darlene was active in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and was a past LWML president. Darlene also sang in the choir, was both a Sunday school teacher and vacation Bible school teacher, belonged to the altar guild, board of education, and prayer chain.
Darlene is survived by her loving husband, Willard “Willie;” children Terry Knop of Cottage Grove, Jeff Knop of St. Francis, Vicky Knop of Delano, and Kari (Paul) Peterson of St. Peter; eight grandchildren: Kortney and Kyle (Megan); Karli (Jon), Chelsey and Chloe; Kellen; Evan and Isaac; two great grandchildren: Aubrie and Easton; siblings Jim (Kathy) Ramthun of Montrose, Glen (Jan) Ramthun of Bloomington, and Gloria Pageau of Montrose; and many close relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and “Allie” Ramthun; an infant sister; daughters-in-law Patricia and Debra Knop; sister-in-law Muriel Ramthun; and brother-in-law Dick Pageau.
Funeral services took place Thursday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale, with the Rev. Thomas Queck officiating. Interment followed at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery-Crawford Lake.
Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with a prayer service at 8 p.m. There was further visitation Thursday, one hour prior to services at the church.
Casket bearers were Kyle Knop, Michael Ramthun, Jon Neilson, Dale Bauman, Bruce Burns, and Scott Duske.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.