Darlene E. Bauer, 93, Brookings, S.D., died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 at the United Living Community Center, Brookings.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 24 at Skroch Funeral Chapel, Elkton, S.D.
Interment was at Diamond Lake Cemetery, Lake Benton.
Darlene Ella Leinen was born on the farm in Troy Township, Minn. to Myron and Lena (Hinsch) Leinen on Aug. 5, 1929. She attended country school through eighth grade. She then attended and graduated from Pipestone High School in May of 1947.
Darlene and William Berkenpas were married May 25, 1950 and to this union three children were born, Jim, Steven and Lori.
Darlene worked in various jobs as a telephone operator, housewife, nurse’s aid and housekeeper at SDSU Brookings.
In March 1981 she married Clarence Bauer. They resided in Brookings for 34 years. They were founding members of the United Church of Christ.
She is survived by her three children, James (Linda), Steven (Faye) and Lori (Jerry); three stepchildren, Karen (Rod) Sorensen; Connie (Ray) Langland; Rick (Gay) Bauer; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Carol Meyer and Joyce Reyburn.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence and her parents.