Darlene Hildegard Strohschein passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted. She had reached the age of 88 years, 11 months, and 27 days.
Darlene was born Jan. 24, 1931, along with her twin sister, Arlene, at their parents’ home in Collins Township, McLeod County, Minnesota.
Darlene was the daughter of Fred and Alma (Streich) Rannow. She was baptized that same day. Darlene was later confirmed in her faith at Zion Lutheran Church in West Lynn Township. Darlene grew up in Collins Township and graduated from the Hutchinson High School.
Darlene married Lester Strohschein Sept. 16, 1951, their marriage of 68 years was blessed with two children: Denton and Jody.
Prior to their marriage Darlene worked at the Triple D Café in Hutchinson.
Following their marriage, she worked at Monson Bakery in Howard Lake, Green Giant in Cokato, and the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School lunch program.
Darlene enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Camping, deer hunting, making cut-out Christmas cookies, canning apples and pears from their fruit trees, also playing cards was always a highlight; you never knew who would be cheating the most.
Darlene and Lester also spent a few months in Arizona in the winter to get away from the cold. She liked feeding the Cardinals in the back yard. She really enjoyed rice crispy bars and fudge-striped cookies.
Darlene was a member of and served on the altar guild and funeral committees at St. James Lutheran Church. Church was very important to her, hardly ever missing a Sunday service.
She is preceded in death by her parents Fred and Alma Rannow; husband Lester; brothers-in-law Lawrence Strohschein, Jim Ryan, Myrle Wagner, and Earl Wagner; twin sister Arlene Wagner; and niece Pam Strohschein.
Darlene is survived by: children, Denton (Janice) Strohschein and Jody Strohschein; sisters-in-law Gladys (Lawrence) Strohschein and Mildred (Jim) Ryan; sister Hildegard (Myrle) Wagner; three grandsons Aric Strohschein, Aaron (Ashley) Strohschein, and Alan (Alyssa) Strohschein; two great-grandchildren Ina and Owen; nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends
A funeral service took place Monday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
Visitation took place Sunday, Jan. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, and one hour prior to service at church Monday.
A prayer service took place Sunday at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Howard Lake and Cokato served the family.