Darlene Ardis Besser, 86

Darlene Ardis Besser, age 86, of Waterville passed away peacefully surrounded by family at her home on Friday, May 26, 2023.

Born on October 1, 1936 in Wells, Minnesota, she was the daughter of Ervin and Hattie (Schnoor) Schultz. On April 7, 1956, Darlene was united in marriage to Vernon Besser. She worked for the USPS, Bergs Pharmacy, DAC, Vern’s Bait and Tackle Shop, and the City of Waterville.

Darlene was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, loved her church family. She enjoyed volunteering for Meals on Wheels, assisting at the nursing home and having coffee with the ladies. She spent time flower gardening, quilting, reading and working on puzzles. She liked traveling, fishing trips to Leech Lake and the trip with her daughter, Pat, to Door County. She cherished the time spent with her family and friends and most of all when her grandchildren and great-grandchildren would come to visit. Darlene had a heart of gold.

Darlene is survived by her three children, Randy (Karen) Besser of Waterville, Thomas Besser of Waterville, and Patricia (Robert) Legvold of East Grand Forks; seven grandchildren, Craig (Sara) Besser, Eric (Jaime) Besser, Ryan (Kelly) Groebner, Rhea (Jim) Benz, Kerri Legvold, Kenneth Legvold, Brandon (Kelsey) Legvold; eleven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, Blackie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon; son, Glenn; parents; and her two brothers, Marvin and Gerald.

Memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waterville. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial took place at Sakatah Cemetery in Waterville.



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