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Darlene Ann Wertanen, 88

Darlene Ann Wertanen passed away on January 7, 2014 at the LakeWood Health Center at the age of 88.

Darlene was born on May 2, 1925 in Ida Grove, IA to Herman and Edna (Marth) Janssen.  She attended school in Ida Gove and later married Robert L. Theeler in 1945.  From that union, nine children were born.  She later married Ronald E. “Whitey” Wertanen on October 23, 1966 in South Sioux City, NE.  They had one child together.  They moved to Baudette, MN in 1974.  She was a homemaker to all 10 children, and later in life, she worked for the City of Baudette for 30 years.  After Whitey retired from the service, he and Darlene opened up Whitey’s Drive-Inn and had the restaurant from 1985-1995.

Darlene loved to play cards and visit the casino.  She enjoyed her time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Ronald “Whitey” Wertanen of Baudette, MN; children, Steve (Kay) Theeler of Akron, IA, Robert Theeler Jr of Sioux City, IA, Craig (Kathy) Theeler of Sioux City, IA, Pam (John) Mullen of Dakota City, NE, Pat Theeler of Akron, IA, Rick (Deb) Theeler of Des Moines, IA, Debra Theeler of MN, Donald (Silva) Theeler of Germany and Keith Wertanen of Baudette, MN; mother-in-law, Minnie; 10 grandkids; 16 great-grandkids and many other relatives.  She was preceded in death by her parents; son, John Theeler; and granddaughter, Carmen Theeler.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2 PM at the First Lutheran Church in Baudette, MN.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service and a reception will follow at the Baudette American Legion.  Interment will be at the Grant Cemetery in Ida Grove, IA at a later date.

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