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Darlene F. Airhart

Darlene F.


Darlene Frances Airhart, 86 of Crosby, died on July 14 at Essentia St. Josephs Medical Center in Brainerd.

She was born on Sept. 28, 1927 in Wadena to Lloyd and Frances (Zimmerman) Ellingworth. She was a member of the Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood and the United Methodist Women as NE District President in 2006. Darlene had a love for serving others and volunteered for numerous events and organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Croft Mine, she served as a Senior Companion, and most recently tutoring Crosby Elementary Students from her wheelchair.

Darlene is survived by two sons, Durwood (Jackie) Airhart of Litchfield and Thomas Airhart of Aitkin; two daughters, Susan Airhart of Emily and Genese (James) Colberg of Miltona; two brothers, Raymond (Susan) Ellingworth of New York Mills and John (Debbie) Ellingworth of Hudson, Wis.; two sisters, Ramona Olson of Manahga and Peggy (Gerald) Porter of Deer Creek; sisters-in-law, Delores Rentz, Rae Mona Leonart, Pat Airhart, Peggy Airhart and Dorothy Fry.; brothers-in-law, Isadore "Nibs" Lorentz and Jack Carter; Twenty-five grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband James Airhart in 1986; two sons, Ronald and Donald Airhart; daughter, Gurene Martin; daughters-in-law, Sheila Airhart and Florence Airhart; brothers, Warren, Lloyd, Jr. and infant Norman; sisters, Berniece Lorentz and Marlyce Carter and infant Jeanette; brother-in-law, Martin Olson; and several grandchildren and other loved ones.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 19 at Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood. Burial will be at the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby. Visitation will be on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Koop Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.

Arrangements are by Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.