Darlene M. Blank, 87, formerly of Beaver Creek, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Society facility in Canistota, South Dakota, after living in Sioux Falls at Good Samaritan Society’s Prairie Creek Memory Care for the last four years.
Darlene Swanson was born to Alfred and Eleanor Swanson in Appleton. She was a graduate of Appleton High School. Following graduation, she worked at the bank in Appleton.
Darlene married Al Blank in 1954 in Appleton. In 1956 they moved to Beaver Creek, where Darlene worked first at the Beaver Creek Co-op Elevator, had a 17-year career at the Beaver Creek State Bank, and then became the city clerk of Beaver Creek, a position she held for 10 years until her retirement in 1998.
Darlene was a member of Beaver Creek First Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed being a homemaker and spending time in her kitchen, singing while cooking and baking. She also enjoyed the latest mystery book and working in her garden.
Darlene is survived by her daughter, Catherine (Stephen) Thurman of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; three sons, David (Bonnie) Blank of Lake City, Florida, Michael (Jane) Blank of Beaver Creek, and John Blank of Luverne; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; her sister, Elaine Gerber of Odessa; and sister-in-law JoAnn (Rodney) Kreykes of Rockwell City, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Al; her parents; her sisters Gloria and Gwendolyn; her brother Donald; and an infant son, Jeffrey.
Arrangements are pending with the Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Memorials in honor of Darlene may be directed to ATLAS of Rock County, 201 E. Main St., Luverne, MN 56156 or Sioux Falls Prairie Creek – MCAL (Memory Care Assisted Living), 4309 W. Creekside Circle, Sioux Falls, SD 57106.