Darlene J. Dinse was born Sept. 7, 1942, in Waseca, Minnesota, to Eldar and Hazel (Yess) Krueger, Sr., and passed away March 3, 2023, in Lincoln, at the age of 80 years, 5 months and 24 days.
Darlene was born into the family of God through the waters of Holy Baptism on Oct. 11, 1942, and confirmed her faith in Jesus Christ on May 13, 1956, both at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wilton, Minnesota. From that day, she lived out her faith in attending worship and partaking in the life-giving body and blood of Jesus through the Lord’s Supper.
Darlene grew up in Waseca, where she attended and graduated from Waseca High School with the Class of 1960. She worked several jobs, including Patton Chevrolet Co., Inc., for several years before starting at Diechen Power, Inc., from 1960 – 1964. On Sept. 21, 1963, Darlene was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” C. Dinse, and to this union, five children were born. After the couple married, Darlene was a farm wife for the next 23 years, working beside Bob until their son began farming. She and a colleague started a small dairy promotion business named Country Sunshine Enterprises in 1984. Darlene then began working at Owatonna Granite Works, where she helped in all aspects of the monument company. Finally in 1988, Darlene began working at a State Farm Insurance agency as the office manager for the next 26 years until her retirement in 2014.
Over her life, Darlene served on the Ag Advisory Council for the Owatonna School District, chairman of the Steele County Dairy Association for two years and volunteering on the McKinley Elementary PTA. As a long-standing member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Medford, Minnesota, she served in various roles, including 49 years as a Sunday school teacher, 11 years as a Vacation Bible School superintendent, three years adult Bible class teacher and six years on the Evangelism Committee. After moving to Nebraska in June of 2017, she became a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cordova. Darlene enjoyed crocheting and making quilts for all 16 of her grandchildren.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” C. Dinse; her parents; brother, Eldar R. Krueger; and sister-in-law, Darlene A. Dinse.
Survivors cherishing her memory include her children, Robin (Bryan) Whitney of Norfolk, Rachel Dinse of Owatonna, Minnesota, William (Kristin) Dinse of New Ulm, Minnesota, Rebecca (Rev. Brian) Tuma of Cordova, and Deborah (Rev. Marcel) Kohlmeyer of Tecumseh; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; brother -in-law, Dennis Dinse; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was March 7 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cordova. A graveside service will be at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, March 9, at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Deerfield Township, Medford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Mission Central – LCMS World Mission in Mapleton, Iowa. Arrangements by Zabka-Perdue Funeral Home.