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Darlene M. Olson, 67

Oct 2, 2011

Darlene M. Olson, 67

Blue Earth – Darlene Marie (Uecker) Olson, age 67, of Blue Earth, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at the Seasons Hospice House in Rochester after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Memorial Service was held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at Winnebago Lutheran Church, in rural Lake Mills, Iowa. The Rev. Bill Peters officiated. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Salem Memorial Cemetery, in Lake Mills.

Darlene Marie was born on June 10, 1944, in Austin to Russell Uecker and Fay (Smalley) Uecker. She grew up in Lyle, the middle child of seven. Darlene married Alvin Olson on Nov. 24, 1962, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle. Darlene and Alvin had four children, Darlene stayed at home to raise her two sons and two daughters until the passing of Alvin in 1980.

When Darlene took a job as a nurses aid at St. Lukes Lutheran Home in Blue Earth, she did not realize that beyond family and friends, she would find her next great joy in life. Darlene absolutley loved the residents and her co-workers. She found great satisfaction and pride in caring for others. She was employed at St. Lukes for 28 years, before having to retire due to health reasons.

Darlene was a doting daughter, sister, mother and grandmother that always put other people’s needs before her own and was an inspiration to all that knew her. Her absolute greatest joy in life was spending time with her grandchildren.

Darlene Marie is survived by her mother, Fay Uecker, of Blue Earth; children, Thomas (Jill) Olson, of Forest City, Iowa, Jody Olson, of Rochester, James (Dawn) Olson, of Lake Mills, and Robin (Kevin) Singelstad, of Northwood, Iowa; grandchildren, Amanda (Brian Lannoye), Rebecca Olson, Seth Olson, Bryon Olson, Jacob Olson, Anna Singelstad, Bianca Singelstad; siblings, Danny (George) Ritz, of Eagle River, Alaska, Lola (Terry) Bishop, of las Vegas, Nev., Janet Chamberland, of Blue Earth, John (Debbie) Uecker, of Austin, and Roger Uecker, of Blue Earth; and sister-in-law, Sadie Uecker, of Elm City, N.C. Darlene is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Darlene Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Albert Olson; father, Russell Uecker; brother, Charles Uecker; and sister-in-law, Ellen Uecker.

You can contact the family with on-line condolences at www.mittlestadtfuneralhome.com

Memorial contributions are encouraged to be made to Seasons Hospice House, 5650 Weatherhill Road SW, Rochester, MN 55902.