Darlene Larson, 1938-2017

Published 12:03 am Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Darlene M. Larson, 79, of Waseca died on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at her home in Waseca.

Born on July 25, 1938, in Freeborn County, Darlene was the daughter of Lawrence and Carol (Barber) Oakland. Darlene attended school in Northwood and married Broyce Larson on Oct. 18, 1958, in Albert Lea.  She was employed with Sherwood Industries in Longmont, Colorado, and later Realife in Waseca. She also worked for Itron through the Waseca Senior Center for many years. Darlene enjoyed bowling, cleaning, knitting, playing with her grandkids, gambling and traveling.

Darlene Larson

She is survived by her husband, Broyce, of Waseca; five children, Steve (Julie) Larson of Longmont, Kendra Murphy of Marion, Ohio, Sandra (Will) Fehler of Bailey, Colorado, Darla (Gregg) McCartney of Longmont and Keith (Andrea) Larson of Waseca; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by siblings Barb (Duane “Buzz”) Larson of Waseca, Dale “Okie” (Barb) Oakland of Brownsdale, Lavon (Greg) Bale of Battle Creek, Michigan, Raymond (Sandy) Oakland of Battle Creek,  Fran Dahlum of Myrtle, Dennis (Dianna) Oakland of Hayward, David (Diane) Oakland of Albert Lea, Vicki (Ronnie) Stricker of Northwood and Paul (Doris) Oakland of Fairmont; and many nieces and nephews.   

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She was preceded in death by her parents; one son in infancy; one daughter, Theresa, in infancy; and brother, Luverne “Pete” Oakland.

Visitation will from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services in Waseca and will continue one hour before services on Friday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services in Waseca. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Albert Lea.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.