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Darlene Mae Tuinstra

December 14, 1942 - June 4, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Darlene Mae Tuinstra

Darlene Mae Tuinstra

Born: December 14, 1942
Died: June 4, 2020
Age: 77

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     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.

SERVICES
Private Family Graveside services will be held at a later date.
INTERMENT
Gilman Cemetery
Ashton, Iowa

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7:50 AM
“Very sad to hear. My condolences and prayers are with you and yours.
- Jody Olson
Monday, June 22, 2020 at 7:58 AM
“Darlene was my Home Ec teacher in the 70's. She hosted my bridal shower after graduation. She was very special to me and missed. You're in my thoughts and prayers!”
- Diana Johnson Aadland
Monday, June 22, 2020 at 7:58 AM
“Ms Tuinstra taught Home Ec at Twin Rivers in Bode in the 1970s. Barely a week goes by that I don't think about something from her class. She was a very good teacher.”
- Elaine Hood
Monday, June 22, 2020 at 7:57 AM
“I enjoyed her as a teacher and am still using skills that she taught our class.”
- Linda Hamilton
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:51 PM
“Remembering Darlene as a student of mine at the Harris Consolidated School many years ago and more recently as a dedicated volunteer at the Osceola County McCallum Museum in Sibley. She touched many lives with her friendly smile. Rest in Peace.
- Frances Rehborg
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 8:01 AM
“My sympathy to Darlene's brother and sister and friends. My acquaintance with Darlene was in our youthful days at Bible camp. What a gentle, sweet spirit and I'm sure she was a tremendous teacher/mentor/administrator. She is now with her beloved Savior. ”
- SHERYL DEAN
Monday, June 8, 2020 at 2:36 PM
“I am so very saddened to hear about my dear friend Darlene's passing. Darlene was such a special friend. We shared so many good times together. Darlene and I attended Daily Vacation Bible School together at our little country Sunday school every summer, Girl's Camp at Raccoon River Bible Camp, 4H, and the same school (Harris Consolidated) through all our years. She had so many talents: a wonderful seamstress, a hair dresser, a very devoted friend, and I've heard a wonderful home economics teacher! We communicated from time to time over the years. I'm confident she is with Jesus at this moment, no longer suffering from pain and loneliness. I look forward to spending eternity with her!!”
- Judy (Lorch) Buchanan
Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 5:35 PM
“Aunt Darlene we are missing you already. May you be at peace now. Love, Lance, Laurie, Allison & Melissa”
- Lance and Laurie Janssen
Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 5:35 PM
“I was a neighbor of Darlene's and just met her last spring. She was a very warm, kind, and welcoming neighbor. I was saddened to learn she had been ill just a day before she passed away. She will be missed.”
- Barbara E Ambrosius
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