Darlene Weatherman

Darlene Weatherman, age 69, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, May 6, 2019. A celebration of her life will be held at 3PM on Friday, May 10, 2019 with a visitation 2 hours prior, all located at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, 833 S. Marschall Rd., Shakopee. Pastor Aaron Davitch will preside.

In Fort Frances, Ontario, parents Charles and Katherine (Lagerstrom) Bartush celebrated the birth of their daughter Darlene on August 29, 1949. The family lived in Ontario and Texas.  Times weren’t always easy, especially after the death of her father, but upon returning to Minnesota to be near her mother’s family, she developed deep familial bonds that lasted her lifetime.

Following her 1968 graduation from Kennedy High School in Bloomington, Darlene began working at Northwest Airlines (NWA). What began as a simple job, turned into a 30-plus year career. By the time she retired, Darlene was an instructor of agents for NWA.

Through work, Darlene traveled near and far— Asia, Europe, and throughout North America. She especially enjoyed shopping in Seoul, Korea. Later in life, Darlene wintered in Bonita Springs, Florida and made many trips to visit family throughout the US and Canada.

Darlene’s life was enriched when she met Dennis Weatherman. In September 2005, they exchanged wedding vows at the Venetian in Las Vegas. This union blessed Darlene with much more than a companion. It gave her a larger family, and she lovingly took on the role of being a mother and grandmother.

Family meant the world to Darlene! She was affectionately considered the “cool aunt” and truly spoiled her nieces and nephews. This kindness extended to her grandchildren as well. Darlene always planned fun activities for them. If they ever wanted something, they knew to ask grandma. Since moving to Savage, Darlene looked forward to sleepovers with her grandkids.

In her free time, Darlene enjoyed gardening, canning the fruits of her labor, and birdwatching. An artistic person, Darlene was an award-winning porcelain dollmaker.

Wherever Darlene and Denny went, they made friends. If someone had a dog with them, Darlene was sure to talk with them. As an animal lover, she knew all her neighborhood dogs by name. Along with Denny, she enjoyed getting together with friends, having drinks, and spending countless hours at their home on Upper Turtle Lake.

Darlene was a fun-loving, generous woman who cared deeply for her family, friends, coworkers, and community. She is loved and missed by her stepsons, Chad (Lacey) Weatherman, Mark (Natalie) Weatherman; grandchildren, Cameron, Cierra, Claire, and Evelyn; siblings, Gwenn (Ben) Boldt, Louise (Mark) Nelson, John (Monica) Boileau, Richard (Patti) Boileau, Wes (Lisa) Boileau, James (Susan) Boileau; sister-in-law, Lynda Bartush; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Darlene is greeted in Heaven by her Lord and Savior; her husband, Dennis; brother, Butch Bartush; mother, Katherine; father, Charles, and step-father, Louis Boileau.

Arrangements with Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Shakopee.

 

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  1. Wayne and Jan Fiscus

    Darlene was married to my cousin Denny…she was one special person…always so welcoming and happy…she will be missed and remembered for all the many happy fun times shared family and friends.

    • Louise Bartush Nelson

      Wayne & Jan
      Thank you for you remembrance and thoughts and our family at this unexpected time. Darlene life blessed us all. She will be missed by many.

  2. I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to James and his family during this difficult time.

  3. Jordan O'Bright

    Wishing you and your family the best during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Dave and Rosemarie Hayes

    Rest In Peace dear friend.

    • Louise Bartush Nelson

      Amen. Thank you Rosie & Dave for being a wonderful long time friend to my precious sister Darlene. I’m sorry for your loss as well.

  5. Melody Osborne

    I know Darlene sent mother Christmas cards with an up date of the year. And I would read them to Mom. She was so sweet and kind and she’ll be sorely missed. Know that you and your family are in our prayers.
    Melody Osborne (cousin)

    • Louise Bartush Nelson

      Dear Melody,
      Thank you for your condolences.. Darlene was truly a jewel in the family. Your thoughts are appreciated.

  6. Corrie Cochrane

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Darlene was a gift so thoughtful and kind. She always made an effort sending our mother Flo cards especially in her final days it meant so much to her .
    Corrie (James) & Cathie (Gary)
    cousins

    • Louise Bartush Nelson

      May 15, 2019 at 10:40 am
      Dear Corrie
      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for us at this most difficult time. Darlene loved all of our family and each of you were important to her.

  7. Trisha Jean Ebensteiner

    So sorry to hear of Darlene’s passing. I work with her niece Shelly and my Dad used to bowl on a league with her, they had a great time and she will really be missed. Prayers for the family. Or condolences, Trish, Jim and Sonja

    • Louise Bartush Nelson

      Dear Corrie
      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for us at this most difficult time. Darlene loved all of our family and each of you were important to her.

      • Louise Bartush Nelson

        Dear Trish,
        Seems my thick fingers copied my comment to Corrie to you as well. I’m sorry about that …
        However, I want to acknowledge you and your remembrance of Darlene as well. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and especially your support of Shelly at this sad and difficult time.

  8. SHERYL POUNCEY

    I am so verklempt…. Darlene sweet woman, I remember the little girl, the teen, the grownup. Louise. Gwen. John. My prayers are with you as is my love.

    • Thank you Sheri for your remberance of Darlene. She was so vital and generously kind throughout her life. May she Rest In Peace.

  9. Mary Spindler

    Darlene was a sweet, funny and joyous friend, mentor, colleague and inspired teacher to so many at Northwest/Delta Airlines. I can’t imagine one day without that broad smile or twinkle in her eye.
    I’m sharing my deepest sorrow with and sending sincere condolences to Darlene’s family, friends and her “airline family.”

    • Me too Mary!
      You all at NWA were a wonderful extension to Darlene’s family and meant the world to her. Thank you all for the respect and friendship you bestowed on her, as well as the help of donating your earn vacation time so she could do outstanding care for our family when we needed it. I’m so sorry for your loss as well, knowing our loss is your loss too.

  10. Marie J Bartush

    Darlene was a wonderful neice. I remember when she was born and her parents Kay and Charles were thrilled. Darlene’s whole life was spent in serving and making other people happy. I will miss her cheery texts and emails. May you enjoy the company of your heavenly relatives.

    • Louise Bartush Nelson

      Dear Aunti Marie,
      Thank you for your thoughts and remberance.
      Darlene did quietly go about spreading joy and light, generously giving help and care in so many ways. She was an excellent example of unconditional love. I’m sure she’s checking in all the rooms of our Fathers house making sure all those who have preceded her are in true comfort and everlasting peace.
      She will be missed by multitudes. The face of Christ shone in and through her on us all.
      Rest In Peace my dear sister Darlene
      Thank you Lord for sharing her so close to me.

  11. Ann and Jim Rawsky

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    Jim and I were greatly saddened to hear of Darlene’s sudden death. We have enjoyed her company for many years when she was vacationing in Bonita Springs. She and Denny were the welcome committee to all staying at our condominium complex. Darlene was a happy, generous person who loved life.
    She will be missed.
    Our thoughts to her family.

    • Louise Bartush Nelson

      Dear Anne and Jim,
      Thank you for your kind words and thoughts for our family. Darlene and Denny loved the location of their unit in Bonita Springs and were ambassadors of good will in every part of their lives. I’m sorry for your loss as well. They were a great pair to know and love.

  12. Todd and Barb Randall

    Thank you Mark for informing regarding Darlene. Out thoughts and prayers to you all.
    We had some fun times at CB2 with you and Denny!

    • Louise Bartush Nelson

      Thank your Todd and barb for your support to Darlene’s family at time suddenly difficult time. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

  13. Darlene, along with Denny, were wonderful neighbors to my parents, Carl and Jane Molls, on Upper Turtle Lake. Darlene was a warm and kind woman. She would always give a tin of her delicious Christmas cookies to my dad. I am so sad to hear of Darlene’s passing, but I believe she is now reunited with Denny. Prayers for Chad and Mark, and their families.

    • Louise Bartush Nelson

      Thank you Susan for your kind thoughts and prayers. Darlene and Denny were a pleasure to see and be with for the many years they enjoyed at Turtle Lake. Many of us will miss those tins of cookies at Christmas. As our sister Gwenn said at her memorial service ” she spoiled us all”.

  14. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

    • Louise Bartush Nelson

      Thank you Bruce. The comfort of knowing Darlene has won the race is a joy. Yet still as the beatitudes allow us we grieve the loss of her company. yet we can celebrate our blessing of Gods goodness toward us having had her in our lives and knowing we will join with her again in His glory.

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