Darlene Tuinstra, the daughter of Elmer and Mabel (Menage) Tuinstra, was born December 14, 1942 on a farm near Melvin, IA. Her childhood years were spent on a farm near Harris, Iowa, where she received her education.
Darlene attended Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa for her Bachelors Degree. She later received a Masters Degree in Home Economics and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Development at Iowa State University in Ames.
Darlene taught high school home economics in Mallard and Twin Rivers Community Schools. She later was employed as a supervisor at an Opportunities Unlimited Waiver Home in Sheldon until retirement.
Darlene passed away at her home in Spencer, Iowa on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at the age of 77. She was preceded in death by two brothers: Elmer (Junior) and Eldon (Bud) Tuinstra and 2 sisters: June Tuinstra and Linda (Tuinstra) Lyons.
Left to cherish her memory are one sister, Eloise Heppler of Marion, Iowa; one brother, Dick Tuinstra of Jefferson City, Missouri; several nieces and nephew and other relatives and friends.
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