AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Darlene Olson, of Mora, passed away on Friday, December 16, 2016 at her home in Mora. She was 72 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev Dean Oelfke officiating.
VISITATION will be held from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, December 21st at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
MEMORIALS are preferred in lieu of flowers to the CJD Foundation (https://www.cjdfoundation.org/donate)
Darlene Lois Gustafson-Olson passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, December 16, 2016. She was 72 years old.
How does someone even begin to sum up her life, and to do so within the confines of a few paragraphs? It would start like this….To know Darlene, is to love Darlene.
In 1944, Darlene was born in Albert Lea MN to Alvin & Lila (Olson) Moen. She was the 2nd of 3 siblings with an older brother Richard and younger brother Dean. The family moved to Mora in 1958. Darlene graduated from Mora High School in 1962.
Darlene was married in 1964 to Herbert Dennis Gustafson. The happy couple moved to Hopkins and they were blessed with two children, Daniel Herbert and Debra Ann. They moved to Mora where Darlene worked nights at Fingerhut and Denny commuted to Minneapolis working construction. Tragedy hit the family in 1974 when Denny was killed in a car accident. Darlene raised her 2 kids alone and pursued a career serving the community working at Kanabec Agency earning her CISR designation in 1976. She continued to work at the agency, now known as Town & Country Agency until her Medical Leave in the summer of 2016.
In 1983, Darlene married Jerry A Olson and they remained in Mora and began to work on their home away from home, which was their Knife Lake property. Her passion was her trusty Toro mower, she loved the many hours she would spend mowing the property in preparation for spending time with the family and friends at what was affectionately called the “campground”. After 19 years of marriage, tragedy hit Darlene again when her beloved husband Jerry died suddenly of a heart attack.
Darlene was blessed to find love one more time with Dave Altman. Over the past 6 years, they have traveled around the country visiting family and friends, and continued to enjoy spending time at the campground, and spent countless hours talking and being best friends. Dave remained by her side until she passed.
Anyone that knew Darlene knew her love for high heel shoes, colorful attire, coordinating accessories and matching outfits especially in all shades of purple. Darlene earned her legacy name of being the Purple Shoe Lady.
Darlene was meticulous when it came to details and being organized. Everything has a place and every place had to be organized. She was also a woman of lists: menu lists, bills to pay list, to-do list, monthly budget list, grocery list, Christmas list, the lake to-do list, and the favorite Debby Do list.
Darlene was a woman with vivacious personality, and abundance of love, a wonderful mother, devoted grandmother, and caring friend. She was a woman who loved deeply and was loved just as deeply by many. We will miss her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Dean, and husbands Dennis and Jerry.
Darlene is survived by her children, Dan (Julie) and Debra; stepchildren, Wendy (Tim) and Cindy; grandchildren, Jake, Scot, Matthew and Marc; brother Richard (Beverly); nephews, nieces, and other relatives and friends.