Darlene graduated from Howard Lake High School. She and her husband, Don lived in Alexandra, Virginia, Bernhausen, Germany, and Glencoe and South Haven, Minnesota. They moved back to Glencoe in 2006. They have three grown daughters, Pam, Jodi and Sue, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Darlene started working in funeral service in 1989. She has served on many community committees and held various church positions at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe. She enjoys traveling, flower gardening and reading.