Darlene Joy Harvey, 81, of Rochester, MN. passed away on January 9, 2018 at her residence at Shorewood Place. She was born September 23, 1936 in Cresco, Iowa to Herschel and Geneva (Mathison) Berning. She graduated from Grand Meadow High School. On December 30, 1954, she married John Harvey in Grand Meadow. The couple lived in Oronoco during their working years, and moved to their lake home near Danbury, WI after retirement. John died in 1999. Darlene worked at Mayo Clinic and then later for I.B.M. until retiring in 1990.
Darlene loved her family with all that she had - the visits, the laughs, the sharing of memories - nothing was more important! She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary, a Girl Scout leader, active in the Oronoco Fire Department and her church charity organization. She enjoyed bowling, horseshoe, golf, snowmobiling, boating, fishing and all the amazing scenes and sounds at their lake home in WI.
She is survived by her daughters, Debra (Steven) Swenson of West St. Paul, MN. and Darla Ferguson of Pine Island, MN.; five grandchildren Jeffrey (Tory) Mohlke, Sara (Matt) Hanke, Wendy Ferguson, Jennifer (Peter) Wyttenbach, and Justin (Ashley) Mohlke; ten great-grandchildren; and sisters Geraldine Rindels of Rochester, and Genevieve Arends of Austin, MN.
She was preceded in death by her husband John, her parents and brother Lindee Berning.
Memorial service will be at 11:00 am on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Friday at Ranfranz and Vine. Burial will be in Oronoco Cemetery.
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My family owns the first property that the Harveys had on the "little" lake of Fish Lake. Darlene was so gracious when we first moved in after we purchased from the Berg family in 2001. She always had a friendly wave or time for a visit. Kevin, Kristina, Dan and I will always have fond memories of Mrs. Harvey. Laurel Bornholtz & Family
Darlene was a treasure to the Fish Lake community. Always enjoyed chatting with her. RIP.
Hello to the family and friends of Darlene Harvey. My name is Linda Hahn, and I took over Darlene's role as Fish Lake Treasurer/Secretary several years ago. I needed her help in the transition and would oftentimes stop in to her place on the lake to get signatures, etc. She was always so happy to have company, and my visits would take an hour instead of 5 minutes. I loved visiting with her and hearing her stories of her times on the lake and her family and friends. She was a very important part of our lake association for so many years,and we all appreciated all of the work she did on that end. I will miss her, and so will the Fish Lake folks who knew her.
Darlene was a very sweet lady, she has a great family and she will be missed by all of you, my heart felt sympathy for all of her family, God Bless Sue Kuehn
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