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Darlene V. Lange

April 26, 1930 — December 23, 2018


April 26, 1930
Plymouth County, Iowa
December 23, 2018
Primghar, Iowa

10:30 A.M. Saturday December 29, 2018
St. John Lutheran Church; Germantown, Iowa
Rev. Donald Erickson ~ Officiating

with family present
will be from 5 - 7 P.M. on Friday, December 28, 2018
at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina.

“Here I Am Lord”
“I’m But a Stranger Here”
“Abide With Me”
“How Great Thou Art”
Organist: Jolene Erickson

Dustin & Shalene Van Beek
Larie & Nathan Foresman
Beau & Jenna Van Beek
Ryan & Alissa Paulsen
Breana & Chas Biery
Mitch & Megan Roling

St. John Lutheran Cemetery ~ Germantown, Iowa

After the graveside service relatives and friends are invited to join the family in the Germantown Community Building.

Arrangements under the care of the
Eldridge Family Funeral Home; Paullina, Iowa
Darlene (Oetken) Lange was born on April 26, 1930, in rural Plymouth County, Iowa. She was baptized in September 1930 and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in April of 1944 at St. John’s in Craig, Iowa. She attended country school through 8th grade. As a young adult, Darlene moved to Sioux City, Iowa, where she worked for a dry cleaner. On August 19, 1956, she was united in marriage to James W. Lange. To this union three daughters were born. James and Darlene made their home on the family farm east of Germantown. After James passed away in 1979, Darlene made her home in Paullina and worked at several jobs. Most notably she worked for over 20 years at United Foods.
Darlene was a member of St. John’s Lutheran in Germantown for over 60 years. She had
been a member of the Ladies Aid and a braille worker. She enjoyed spending time with her family, going to dances, and visiting with her friends.
Left to cherish her memory are her family: Janice (Dan) Van Beek, Joyce (Steve) Paulsen, Pam (Mike) Roling. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Dustin, Shalene, Alyssa, Brody, Ayva, and Carsyn Van Beek; Beau, Jenna, Isla, Harrison, Abraham, and Elijah Van Beek; Breana and Chas Biery; Larie, Nathan, Colton, and Case Foresman; Ryan and Alissa Paulsen; Megan and Mitch Roling; her sister, Irene Pralle, and a
host of relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband James; her parents, Rank and Minnie Oetken; in-laws, George and Emilie Lange; 7 siblings and a great-grandson Emery Van Beek.

Mom and Dad’s dance began in 1956.
They were married and lived on our family farm near Germantown.
They danced to their tune as they worked on their farm and their family grew.
They'd sneak away to an anniversary
dance or two.
They enjoyed the waltz the most.
Dad was called to heaven in 1979,
but the dance needed to continue.
Mom was strong as she kept the beat alone.
Many years with new grandchildren and great-grandchildren passed.
It started to get hard to dance on her own.
On Sunday God knew it was time
to give her a rest.
He called her to her eternal home
where the dance will never end.
The dance without Mom is going to be rough.
She would want us to keep the beat without her and teach our children the dance.
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, December 28, 2018

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Eldridge Family Funeral Home - Paullina

217 East Logan Street , Paullina, IA 51046

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

10:30 - 11:15 am (Central time)

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