Darleen R. Peterson, 62, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, at the Good Samaritan Village of Le Mars.
Darleen Rae Peterson was born Oct. 19, 1944, at Swea City, Iowa, the daughter of Walter L. and Frances B. (Esington) Mino. She attended elementary school at Grant Consolidated School near Swea City and later graduated from Swea City High School in 1962. Darleen continued her education at Sioux Falls College where she earned a BA degree in elementary education and a minor in French language. Her first teaching assignment was in St. Paul, Minn., at Wheelock Elementary. During that time period Darleen studied French in Paris for a summer.
On June 14, 1969, Darleen and Glendon Peterson were united in marriage at the Open Bible Church in Swea City. The couple made their home in Le Mars where Darleen taught second grade in the Le Mars Community School District. In 1971 she took a break from teaching to raise their two sons. In 1983, Darleen began teaching Chapter 1 Mathematics at Remsen-Union Elementary School. After teaching there for 17 years, she retired in 2000.
Darleen was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Le Mars. She taught Sunday School, was a leader for children's music, sang in the choir, sat on the Deaconate Board and the Board of Christian Education and the Good News Club for Children. She was also a member of the Professional Educators of Iowa.
Darleen was an accomplished seamstress and made many things for herself and her family. She also enjoyed baking, especially chocolate chip cookies and homemade breads. She often took walks in Le Mars with Glendon and went fishing with him as well. Most importantly, she lived out her faith by serving her family and friends, bearing witness to the grace Christ offers us all.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Glendon of Le Mars; two sons, Eric of Le Mars and Neil and his wife Kelly of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a granddaugher, Jalynn at home in Sioux Falls; a brother, Gale Mino and his wife Kelly of Augusta, Ga.; two sisters, Barbara Thompson and her husband Gene of Swea City and Diane Orbell of Slater; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at the First Baptist Church of Le Mars, with the Rev. Jon Meredith officiating. Burial followed at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation was after 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars. The family was present from 5-8 p.m. and there was a prayer service at 7 p.m.
There was one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.