Darlene E. Gordon, 90, of Stromsburg, passed away on March 29, 2019, at the Midwest Covenant Home of Stromsburg.
Memorial services will be held Friday, April 12, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Stromsburg with Pastor Dan Spearow officiating. Inurnment will be in the Stromsburg Cemetery.
Darlene was born Jan. 18, 1929 in a sod house in Arcadia, Nebraska to Henry F. Thelander and Amanda M. Gestrine. She attended Polk County School District 62 and Stromsburg High School.
She was united in marriage to Harold (Hal) Gordon on Nov. 4, 1950.
She started working as a young girl, babysitting and cleaning houses and detassling in the summers.
As an adult she worked in various cafes, was a sales clerk at Kings Court and Patty’s Hallmark in York. She and Hal bought the Dairy Inn and ran it for 20 years. They loved all of their customers, young and old. Working was her passion.
She retired at age 85, proud that she had worked for 74 years of her life. Even while at the Midwest Covenant Home she wished she could get a job to work again. She loved being around people. She enjoyed going for walks, hoping to run into someone to talk to was a favorite thing to do. She and Hal also loved going to dances with their friends.
Survivors include children Michael and Patricia Gordon of Lincoln, Mona and Dale Herman, of Crete; four grandchildren, Todd Gordon of Lincoln, Troy and Shawna Gordon of Lincoln, Mandi Herman of Danville, Ind., and Tim and Jacque Herman of Crete; nine great-grandchildren, Terra Gordon, Trevor Gordon, Elliot Gordon, Wyatt Gordon, Coy Gordon and Phoebe Gordon all of Lincoln, Jaxon Herman, Laney Herman, and soon to be Norah Herman of Crete; sisters and brothers, Betty Nielsen of Stromsburg, Darwin Thelander of Peel, Ark., Jean Twarling of Lincoln, Doyle Thelander of Lincoln; brothers and sisters-in-law Delano Ahlquist of Loveland, Colo., Hope Thelander of Onawa, Iowa; nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and countless friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hal Gordon; parents, Amanda and Henry Thelander; siblings, Earl Thelander, Dean Thelander, Wanda Ahlquist, and infant siblings Dale Thelander and Maxine Thelander; in-laws, Sharon Thelander, Glenn Twarling, Clarence Nielsen, Regina Thelander, Sara Thelander and Berniece Thelander.
Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated later.
Casual dress for the memorial service is requested.
Dubas Funeral Home, Osceola and Stromsburg, is entrusted with arrangements.