Darleen M. Yantes, 68, of Brocket, N.D., formerly of Bisbee, N.D. and Starkweather, N.D., passed away at her home on Thursday evening, November 7, 2013 in the loving care of her family and Altru Hospice.
The funeral service for Darleen will be held on Wednesday, November 13 at 2 p.m. at the United Lutheran Church of Brocket with Rev. Thea Monson, Interim Pastor at United Lutheran Church officiating.
Friends may call at the Gilbertson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and at the church from 12 noon until time of service.
Darleen was the 3rd born child to Elmer & Sylvia (Christopherson) Church and was born at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake on November 30, 1944. Siblings to include: oldest brother, Larry Church (stillborn), older sister, Shirley (Larry) Omvig of Minot, N.D. and younger siblings, Gary (Myrna) Church of West Fargo, N.D., Charlotte (Elliott) Wimer of Mofit, N.D. and Vernon Church (Julie Schwab) of Devils Lake. She was raised in Bisbee, attending grade/high school there and attended Sunday school and church at Bisbee Lutheran church.
After graduating, she attended Dakota Business College in Fargo. She married the love of her life, Kenneth Yantes in the Bisbee Lutheran Church Sept ember 19, 1964. They moved to Langdon and Darleen worked as a bank teller at the 1st Bank of Langdon. They then moved to Devils Lake, where Darleen worked at Ramsey National Bank until the birth of her oldest daughter, Jill. In 1968, they moved to a farm near Starkweather. Darleen then spent the next 30+ years of her life raising their two daughters and helping her husband farm the land, active with the Trinity Bergen Lutheran Church and all Starkweather School functions.
In 1999, Ken and Darleen moved to Cooperstown, N.D. and then moved to Brocket in 2004 for the remaining years of her life. She spent her time helping husband Kenneth with ND Township Business, enjoying gardening, raising her flowers, and working at the Nodak Mutual Insurance agency for six years until retiring just a few years ago.
Darleen is survived by her husband Kenneth, her daughter Jill Yantes (Dean Hovern) and her five children, Amanda, Michael, Michelle, Riley, and Roxy; and six great grandchildren; daughter, Denise (Tom) Gratton and their five children Makayla, Zander, Kenny, Tommy, and Alesha; Several nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Sylvia Church; brother, Larry Church; and sister Shirley Omvig.
Friends may sign the online register book and share memories of Darleen at www.gilbertsonfuneralhome.com
Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of arrangements.