Darlene Erna (Hermerding) Dammann, 80, of Glencoe, Minnesota, passed away Friday, July 9, 2021, at Grand Meadows Senior Living in Glencoe.
Darlene was born Oct. 12, 1940, in Howard Lake. She was the daughter of Walter and Mathilda (Reetz) Hermerding. Darlene was baptized as an infant by Rev. Seltz Nov. 10, 1940, and later was confirmed in her faith as a youth by Pastor Melinat April 11, 1954, both at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
She received her education in Howard Lake, and was a graduate of the Howard Lake High School Class of 1958, where she was voted Homecoming Queen.
Darlene was united in marriage to Donald Dale Dammann Sept. 20, 1958, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
Three days later, Don left for basic training, as he was drafted into the Army. Darlene joined him in Alexandria, Virginia for six months. They relocated to Bernhausen, Germany, where Don completed his service.
After returning home from Germany, Darlene and Don moved to the Dammann family farm in rural Glencoe, until they moved to their cabin on Lake Sylvia in South Haven.
They later moved back to Glencoe, and built a home in town. Their marriage was blessed with three daughters, Pam, Jodi, and Sue. Darlene and Don shared more than 62 years of marriage.
Darlene worked at Gould’s Jewelry, and the Style Shop in Glencoe.
Darlene was also employed with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe for 25 years as an office manager and a funeral assistant.
She was an active member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, where she was involved with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, First Evangelical Lutheran Church Library, church choir, and various other positions in the church. She was also a member of the Glencoe Concert Association, and loved to volunteer at the Allina Health Hospice Thrift Store.
Darlene enjoyed gardening, tending to her indoor plants, decorating, and spending time on her patio.
Darlene loved traveling, and making memories with Don and spending time at their cabin with family and friends.
Darlene’s pride and joy was having three daughters and seven grandchildren, and watching them all grow and mature.
Darlene passed away surrounded by her family.
Blessed be her memory.
Darlene is survived by her: husband, Donald D. Dammann of Glencoe; daughters: Pam Powell and her husband, Curt, of Andover, Jodi Gustafson and her husband, Mylo, of Maple Grove, and Sue Titus and her husband, Joel, of Rochester; grandchildren: Sarah Seek and her husband, Jeremy, of Ramsey; Andrea Novitsky of Andover; Andrew Rushing and his wife, Kelly, of Montrose; Elizabeth Rushing of Madison, WI; Alex Rushing of Alexandria; Jacob Titus of Rapid City, SD; and Tayler Titus of Mankato, MN; great-grandchildren: Emma Powell-Muntean, Alice Seek, Thomas Seek, Lucas Novitsky, Toren Novitsky, Raelynn Novitsky, and Gavyn Rushing; sisters-in-law, Marlys Jungclaus and her husband, Veryl of Glencoe; and Phyllis Hermerding of Fridley; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Mathilda Hermerding; father and mother-in-law, Theodore and Lydia Dammann; siblings, Delores Dehnbostel and her husband, Walter, Leland Hermerding and his wife, Janice, and his second wife, Cathy Branen, John Hermerding and his wife, Mabel, Walter Hermerding, Jr. and his wife, Carolyn, and Donald Hermerding; and great-granddaughter, Everlee Seek.
A funeral service took place Thursday, July 15, at 11 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Internment followed in the church cemetery.
Visitation took place Wednesday, July 14, at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Visitation continued Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Clergy officiating: Pastor Peter Adelsen; and organist: Kay Knutson.
Congregational hymns: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Blessed Be The Tie That Binds,” “Borning Cry,” and “O Day Full Of Grace.”
Casket Bearers: grandchildren: Sarah Seek, Andrea Novitsky, Andrew Rushing, Elizabeth Rushing, Alex Rushing, Jacob Titus, and Tayler Titus.
A heartfelt thank you to Allina Hospice, Guardian Home Health and Grand Meadow for the caring, compassionate services.
Arrangements by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.mcbridechapel.com.