In Memory of

Darlene Rachel Jansen

October 31, 1931 - October 5, 2019
From: Anthon, IA
Darlene Rachel (Hansen) Jansen was born October 31, 1931, in Anthon, Iowa to Martin and Fannie (Clausen) Hansen.  She came from a family of ten children, three brothers and seven sisters.  She went to country school in rural Anthon through the eighth grade. 

Darlene met the love of her life, Paul Jansen, and they married on December 16, 1947 at Midway Lutheran Church.  To this union were born four children, Douglas, Nancy, Sandra and Janet.  They spent many years on the farm before moving into town.  Paul and Darlene loved going to local dances where they danced to polka and waltz songs.  Darlene worked numerous jobs.  She worked at Swift Turkey Plant, cooked at the Fireside Lounge in Anthon, and for 20 years, she was a CNA at Correctionville Nursing Home before her retirement.

Darlene could always be found in the kitchen cooking and baking.  She will be remembered for her cookies and bars.  Darlene always had the coffee pot on and was ready to entertain “drop-in” guests. She also enjoyed putting puzzles together, word search books and spending time with all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Darlene was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Anthon, IA.  She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Anthon.
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, Darlene passed away at the Correctionville Nursing Home surrounded by her family.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul on June 9, 1991; six sisters, Margaret Callamore, Dorothy Nelson, Rose Lillie, Marie Schmidt, Emma Schmidt, Thressia Klein; two brothers, Pete and Johnny Hansen; grandson, Travis Lewis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Darlene is survived by her four children; Doug and Sue Jansen of Dakota Dunes, SD, Nancy and Ronnie Lewis of Correctionville, IA, Sandy and Bob Bottjen of Correctionville, IA and Janet Jansen of Moville, IA; seven grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren with two more on the way, one brother, Tom Hansen of Hiawatha, Kansas, many nieces, nephews and friends.


Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Anthon, Iowa.
Pastor Marty Davis
Jeff Jansen
Chad Bottjen
John Fernau
Troy Lewis
Jamie Lewis
Dylan Lewis
Public visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening with the family present at Trinity Lutheran Church in Anthon, Iowa.
"It Is Well With My Soul"
by Sally Schultz

"Here I Am Lord"
"On Eagle's Wings"
By the congregation
Oak Hill Cemetery
Anthon, Iowa


Friday, October 11, 2019 at 1:07 PM
“Just learned today of Darlene's passing. Such a lovely lady. Thoughts and prayers to all of her family. Heaven has gained a true angel. ”
- Diane Meland
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 12:27 PM
“ Prayers are with you at this time, Darlene was a good person , she can rest now and be at peace.”
- Virginia Cunningham
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:26 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family. ”
- Ester Millikan
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:26 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of you in the loss of such a warm caring lady; who we remember as always having a smile ready....and you remember her as Mom and Grandma... May you each find comfort in all your wonderful memories of her. Our deepest sympathies in your loss.”
- Marvin and Vickie Buettner
Monday, October 7, 2019 at 3:27 PM
“Thinking of Janet and all of the Jansen family on your loss. Darlene was always so sweet to me. She was a great lady. ”
- Sarina Waldon
Monday, October 7, 2019 at 3:27 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.”
- Patsy Carr
Monday, October 7, 2019 at 3:27 PM
“I’ll miss you aunt Darlene❤️💕 ”
- Monica nelson
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