Darlene Louise Tollefson, age 88, of Gaylord, ended her journey here on earth to be with her Savior on Monday, April 8, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato.
Funeral Service will be Sunday, April 14, 2019, 2:00 P.M. at the Norwegian Grove Lutheran Church in Sibley Township, Sibley County, Minnesota, with interment in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.
Darlene would prefer memorials to Norwegian Grove Lutheran Church or to Good Samaritan Home Care in St. Peter, Minnesota
Darlene Louise Tollefson entered this world on April 12, 1930, to Clarence and Louise (Ulrich) Antonsen. She was baptized into God’s family on May 11, 1930, in Hutchinson, Minnesota, and confirmed on April 2, 1944, at Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Gaylord. Darlene’s faith was the most important part of her life and she lived every day in that faith. She received her education in St. Peter, Minnesota.
She married the love of her life, Wallace Tollefson on October 3, 1947, and God blessed them with over 71 years of marriage and a faith-filled family of five children, Marcia, Daniel, Janet, Rodney and Karen. Her children blessed her with 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. She worked various part time jobs, but her passion was raising her children and helping with grandchildren on the family farm south of Gaylord.
Darlene was a longtime member of Norwegian Grove Lutheran Church south of Gaylord where she taught Sunday school, was an active member of Ladies’ Aid and in her later years helped with the upkeep of the church.
In her heart, as she made the transition from her home on earth to her heavenly home, Darlene found comfort in the following verse of one of her favorite hymns; “Neither life nor death shall ever From the Lord his children sever; Unto them His grace He showeth, and their sorrows all he knoweth.” Darlene ended her journey here on earth to be with her Savior on Monday, April 8, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato at the age of 88 years. Blessed be her memory.
Darlene is survived by her:
Beloved Husband, Wallace Tollefson of Gaylord, MN;
Children, Marcia (Ron) Steffen of Waseca, MN,
Daniel (Jenny) Tollefson of rural Gaylord, MN,
Janet Tollefson of Mankato, MN,
Rodney (Lynn) Tollefson of rural Gaylord, MN, and
Karen (John) Tetzloff of Nicollet, MN;
12 Grandchildren, Peter, Tim, Nick, Luke, Rick, Ben, Danielle, Mary, Scott, Mitch, Dan and Brady;
16 Great Grandchildren;
Two brothers, two sisters, four brothers-in-law, and four sisters-in-law;
Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends.
Darlene was preceded in death by her Infant Daughter, Kathleen Tollefson; Parents, Clarence and Louise Antonsen; Sister, Joan Busse; and several beloved nieces, nephews and in laws.
Darlene and her family members are truly grateful for the kindness shown by the members of Norwegian Grove congregation, Pastor Kyle Madson, neighbors and friends, and the staff of Good Samaritan Home Care.