Darlene Redman, 94
(Formerly of Blue Earth/Wells) Darlene Redman, age 94, completed her earthly life April 27, 2020 to be met in heaven by her beloved Marvin. Darlene passed away at Water’s Edge Senior Living Center in Mankato.
A private family service was held on Friday, by Rev. Janiece Redman with burial at Rosehill Cemetery. A Celebration of Darlene’s Life will be held on a future date. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.brussheitner.com.
Memorials may be directed to Open Doors United Methodist Church in Wells, MN or The Alzheimers Association.
Darlene was born on the family farm in Walnut Lake Township, March 10, 1926 to Andrew and Ida (DeWinter) Johnson, until moving to Blue Earth with her parents in 1937. Darlene attended country school outside of Wells, and attended Blue Earth Public School, graduating in 1944 as Salutatorian.
She attended normal training until she met, through her brothers, the love of her life, Marvin “Pug” Redman. They were married Sept. 29, 1945, at Wells Methodist Church. Pug and Darlene lived on the Redman family farm near Brush Creek where Darlene helped with the hogs, chickens, walking beans and tending to her family.
Pug and Darlene’s marriage was a great, loving partnership, and they enjoyed dancing at the Golden Bubble, driving to supper clubs, playing 500, and family vacations around the nation.
After Pug passed away, Darlene bought a house and moved into Wells where she was employed as head housekeeper and cook at the Wells Hospital. Darlene dearly loved this job and the people she worked with! She was in charge of holiday celebrations and once wrote rap lyrics about each staff member to the song “Can’t Touch This.”
Darlene was active in the Wells United Methodist Church and UMW. She taught Sunday School,Vacation Bible School and served for many years on the Worship Committee Altar Guild and as Accolyte Coordinator after creating and organizing that ministry.
Darlene was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and the Brush Creek Tuesday Club. She took golf lessons and would occasionally golf after work. She was a leader for the Brush Creek Livewires 4-H Club and assisted her children in perfecting their 4-H demonstrations!
Darlene loved to travel, and, with her travel partner Jeanette Thompson, enjoyed bus trips across the USA and Europe. Darlene was a huge sports fan watching the Twins, Vikings, and Gophers. Darlene was active in the Wells Historical Society.
She loved to sing, and her kids remember singing songs with her as they washed dishes. Darlene still loved to sing at Water’s Edge, especially hymns, the song “Tangerine,” and her favorite song the staff loved to sing with her, “You Are My Sunshine.”
Darlene cooked delicious meals and baked, her pies were especially phenomenal! When she visited her children and grandchildren, she always came prepared with a homemade cake, cookies, or snack mix.
Darlene drove her blue Oldsmobile to many activities to support her grandchildren, who, along with her great-grandchildren, were her special delights
She loved to tend to her huge vegetable garden that gave her bounty to can, and her flower garden, sharing her plant knowledge with her neighbors. She was a good neighbor, a true friend, a dedicated wife, and a dearly beloved mother and grandmother. She always said her children were her pride and joy.
Darlene was preceded in death by husband Marvin “Pug” in 1978, her thirteen brothers and sisters: Ernest (Loretta) Johnson, Cornelia (Austin) Lent, Helen Wollin, Laura (Art) Prom, Andrew (June) Johnson, Iona Johnson, Pauline (Howard) Korman, Richard (Helen) Johnson, Wilfred (Margaret) Johnson, LaVerne (Carmen) Johnson, Dorothy (Joseph) O’Leary, Robert (Willma) Johnson, and Donna (David) Alexander.
Left to cherish her memory include her children: Carolyn (Charles) Thompson, of Mankato, Janiece Redman, of Wells, William (Jean) Redman, of Blue Earth, and Wendy Howieson, of Good Thunder; grandchildren, Stacey (Brad) Spillman, Stephanie Thompson, Heidi (Ben) Pugh, Amanda (David) Druffel, William Howieson and Sydney Howieson; great-grandchildren: Devin (Erin) Bender, Colton Spillman, Grant Pugh, Kessly Pugh, Aaron Druffel and Madalyn Druffel; sister-in-law, Clarise Johnson, of Blue Earth.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at Water’s Edge in Mankato who have given Darlene such loving, personal care for the past two and a half years.