SERVICES: Funeral noon Friday at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hibbing, with the Rev. Kathy Ierien officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service Friday. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing. Pallbearers are Joe Kosluchar, Shane Johnson, Greg Streets, Tim Johnson, Ronald Hakkila and Mark Fabish. Honorary pallbearers are Joseph Leinonen, David Wauzynsky and Barry Martinson Jr. Arrangements are with Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing.
Darlene M. Willett died Monday, April 25, 2005, at the University Medical Center-Mesabi.
She was born on Jan. 1, 1933, to Lawrence and Fannie (Sallila) Berg in Hibbing. She was a lifelong resident of Hibbing. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hibbing. She loved collecting porcelain dolls and angels. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking, camping, shopping, and home decorating, but what was most important to her was spending time with her family. Everyone who met Darlene loved her very much. In 1949, she married the love of her life, Kenneth W. Willett Sr., and they were together for more than 55 years.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth “Bucko” (Margie) Willett Jr. of Hibbing; daughters, Linda (Richard) Hanson of Hibbing, Colleen (James) Paolo of Hibbing, Bonnie (Barry) Martinson of Eveleth, and Cheryl (Greg Streets) Johnson of Chisholm; brother, Dale (Marcella) Berg of Hibbing; sisters, Dorothy Aho of Keewatin, Gail (Ken) Gilleshammer of Hopkins, Minn., and Norma Petrich of Kelly Lake; 10 grandchildren, Christine Guillen, David Wauzynski Jr., Joseph Leinonen, Kelly Lind, Barry Martinson Jr., Lisa Fabish, Shane Johnson, Shannon Johnson, Tiffany Johnson, and Tim Johnson; two step-grandchildren, Shari Aubol, and Joel Moe; 14 great-grandchildren, Mallory, Travis, Dustin, Dylan, Austin, Ryan, Brittany, Kaelea, Jack, Ben, Cody, Ty Steven, Tyler, and Tim; five step-great-grandchildren, Erik, Kayla, Nick, Chris, and Arthur; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Sr. on Nov. 7, 2004; her parents; a brother, Lawrence Berg; two sisters, Phyllis Garmaker, and Judy Johnson; and great-granddaughter, Cassandra.