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Darlene Luckstead Rohwedder
January 11, 1928–June 20, 2009
Remembering you will be easy. We will do it every day.
At the age of 81, on June 20, 2009, God in His mercy called her home to be reunited with her husband, Walter. Our hearts are heavy at losing her, but her suffering is over and for that we rejoice.
Born January 11, 1928, Darlene was raised in Olin, Iowa with her siblings, Mary Helen, Shirley and Richard. She graduated from Olin High School where she was an avid athlete, earning honors in basketball and softball. On March 4, 1946 she married Walter Rohwedder, and together they farmed south of Olin, raising their family.
A longtime member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, she served on the Ladies Auxiliary working in numerous capacities. In support of her children, she was active in various school functions and always kept her priorities straight when it came to family.
She enjoyed playing golf at Fawn Creek Country Club, loved music, good conversation, playing games and dancing. She tirelessly taught her children by example to be Christian—honest, hard working, caring, respectful, fun-loving and, most importantly, fair and compassionate. Indeed, she was loved and will be dearly missed.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Rohwedder; her father and mother, Henry and Loretta Luckstead; her sister, Mary Helen Luckstead; and infant twin siblings.
Survivors include her children: Gary (Chris) of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Mary Jo (Kit Aldrich) of Everett, Washington; Jan (Steve Rushford) of Cedar Rapids, siblings: Shirley Young of Stanton, California; Richard (Norma) Luckstead of Olin, grandchildren Katie Rohwedder (Eric Weaver), Laura Rohwedder (Kyle Fever), Jennifer Aldrich Piearson, Jason Rushford (Ally), Kelly Rushford; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services, coordinated by Lahey's Funeral Home, Olin, and conducted by Pastor Pat Slater and Eric Weaver, were held on Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Lahey Funeral Home in Olin, Iowa. Friends called from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lahey Funeral Home in Olin. Interment was at the Olin Cemetery on June 24, 2009.
Memorial contributions should be made to Hospice Care of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 26 June 2009

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