Darlene Olson, 76

Darlene J. Olson,  a resident of Motley, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at the Lakewood Health System in Staples.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 21, at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, with Vicar Paul Koehler officiating. Burial will take place in the Randall City Cemetery in Randall. Friends may call from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.  Monday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.

Darlene was born March 11, 1936, in Lamberton, to Leopold and Della Bittner. She attended school at Lamberton through 12th grade. While in grammar school, Darlene was active in music, singing and playing several instruments. She also attended Mankato Business College and later attended Duluth Area Vocational School for Commercial Broadcasting. Darlene enjoyed her family, especially when her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gathered for events such as holidays and the usual summer camping trips. Until her health declined, she wanted to make the large share of the meals which were appreciated and enjoyed by all who were privileged to part take in them. Darlene was employed in retail, she worked in various department and variety stores. She also worked in broadcasting for radio stations most notably at stations in Hutchinson, and Cloquet. Her most recent job was at Walmart in Little Falls as a greeter for several years.

Darlene is survived by brother, Leo “Odd” or “Yackob” Bittner and special friend Shirley French, of Bixby, Okla.; daughters, Darcy Young and significant other, Nick Kirby of Ormsby, Terry Schraut of Motley, Sherry (Mel) Odom, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Vicky (Dean) Gustafson of Buffalo, Randi (Bill) Agens of Pine River and Sandy Olson of Little Falls; sons, Vern Olson of Motley and Val (Mary) Olson of Randall. She will also be dearly missed by her 32 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Darlene was preceded into glory by her parents, Leopold and Della Bittner; infant daughter, Candy Fae; grandson, Kyle Anderson; and great-grandson, Brady Jensen.

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