Darlene E. Zinter, age 79, of Parkers Prairie, died Sunday, September 28, 2014, at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.
Funeral services are 1:30 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014, at Zion Lutheran Church in North Effington Township, with Rev. Roger Krebs officiating. Music is provided by organist, Gloria Hollatz and vocalists, Dennis Behnke and Dane Compton. Burial is at the church cemetery.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m., Wednesday at Lind Family Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Darlene Elsie Zinter was born August 23, 1935, to Albert and Ella (Miller) Noetzelman in Miltona Township. She was baptized September 29, 1935, and confirmed June 26, 1949, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Miltona. She attended Country School District #46, Lake Irene through the eighth grade and two years at Parkers Prairie High School. Following her education Darlene worked at the District Hospital in Parkers Prairie. She was united in marriage to Elmer M. Zinter June 26, 1965, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Miltona. They made their home and farmed in Effington Township until 1993, when they moved into Parkers Prairie. She also worked at the medical clinic, school, senior center and foster home in Parkers Prairie. Her husband, Elmer, died July 12, 1997. Darlene continued living on her own until moving into McCornell Courts in 2010. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir and was active in the ladies fellowship. She enjoyed hunting trips out west to Wyoming and Montana; rides in the country and visiting friends. She spent her free time doing word find puzzles, embroidering, crafts and paint by number. She especially enjoyed helping with Bingo and Dice at St. William's Living Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers-in-law, Orvin Jahnke and Melvin Ost.
Darlene is survived by her sisters, twin, Della Ost and Loraine Jahnke both of Parkers Prairie; niece, Debbie (Ray) Bohn of Alexandria; and three nephews, Bruce Jahnke and Steve Ost both of Parkers Prairie and Scott (Sherri) Jahnke of Maple Grove.
Pallbearers are Bruce Jahnke, Steve Ost, Ray Bohn, Scott Jahnke, Dennis Noetzelman and Herbert Grothen.