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Darlene Gunderson

Memorial services for Darlene Gunderson of Morris were held Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 at First Lutheran Church in Morris. Reverend Todd Mattson officiated. Burial was in Summit Cemetery in Morris.

Darlene Joanne Sjolsvold, daughter of Albert and Verna (Seaverson) Sjolsvold, was born Oct. 31, 1936 in Thief River Falls. Darlene's family lived on a farm in rural Thief River Falls, until they moved into Thief River Falls. Darlene met David Gunderson while they both were working at the S&L Store in Thief River Falls. They were united in marriage on June 8, 1957 in Thief River Falls by Reverend Peterson. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Thief River Falls for a short while before David was transferred to various places because of his job with S&L. In 1964, the couple and their children moved to Morris, where David managed the S&L and Stevenson Stores and Darlene worked for Gillis' Variety Store. David died on Oct. 30, 2004. Darlene has continued to make her home in Morris since that time.

Darlene was a member of First Lutheran Church in Morris, where she was an active member of the ladies aide. When Darlene's children were small, she was very active with the boy scouts and girl scouts. She loved gardening and was always working on a craft project. She especially enjoyed the time she spent with family and friends.

Darlene died on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009 at Merit Care Hospital in Fargo, N.D., having lived to reach the age of 72 years.

She is survived by her children: Richard (Linda) Gunderson of Fargo, N.D., Mark Gunderson of Morris and Mary Gunderson of Willmar; two grandchildren: Lithe Gunderson of St. Cloud and Lukas Gunderson of Long Island, N.Y. and her puppy companion: Lady Gunderson. She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter: Renee; her parents and one sister: Betty.

Honorary pallbearers for the service were all of Darlene's friends in attendance. Deb Mahoney served as organist for the service. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris was in charge of the arrangements.

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