Darlene Lodmell, 79, of Dell Rapids passed away Tuesday morning, August 19, 2014 following a battle with numerous health issues. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Friday, August 22, 2014 followed by a brief prayer service at 7:00pm at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids. Condolences may be left at www.minnehahafuneralhome.com.
Funeral and burial services will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 11:00am at Willow Creek Lutheran Church, with a reception following.
Darlene Mavis Mary Goodale was born July 31, 1935 in Dell Rapids. She received a teaching certificate and taught school several years. She married Ellsworth Lodmell on December 23, 1954, and they raised five children.
Darlene was involved in a number of church activities including choir director, Ladies Aid, the annual Christmas program and teaching Sunday school. In the 1970’s she owned a children’s and young misses store, Your Kid’n’Me. Darlene was an avid bowler for over 50 years and felt especially proud of membership in the 600 Series Club. She also enjoyed traveling, baking and chatting over coffee with friends.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother and sister. Grateful for having shared her life are her children: sons and their wives, Rick (Sue), Illinois and Torin (Marcia), Dell Rapids, daughters and their husbands, Lori (Charlie) Blake, Washington, Darci (Michael) Niva, California and Ginger (Jon) Rumzis, Arizona. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren: Moriah (Rahmi) Aiken, Ashley (Curtis) Coe, Whitney (Nick) Taylor, Emily (Liz) Mathews, Peter, Charity and Adam Niva, Zane, Ethan, Tori and Devin Lodmell and Brittany and Mercedes Lodmell.