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LANSINK, Darlene A. (1941-2020)


Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 1/29/2021 at 14:05:14

Darlene Ann Lansink
(May 8, 1941 – September 16, 2020)

IDA GROVE – Services for Darlene Ann Lansink, 79, of Ida Grove were held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ida Grove with Rev. Richard D. Ball officiating. Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Ida Grove. Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove was in charge of arrangements.
Darlene Ann (Gralapp) Lansink was the first-born child of Leslie and Lucy (Rolfes) Gralapp, born May 8, 1941, in Le Mars, where she was raised on a farm with five siblings. She attended Gehlen Catholic School, graduating in 1959 at the top of her class. After high school, Darlene studied bookkeeping and started her career at Knoepfler Chevrolet in Sioux City. On Feb. 27, 1965, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars, Darlene married Donald “Don” Francis Lansink. Don, a widower with two young boys, and Darlene started their home in Battle Creek. They settled on their own farm southeast of town, where they raised 11 children, ran the farm and operated Lansink Body Shop for 40 years. Don and Darlene retired into a new home in Ida Grove, designed by Darlene and built by their son, Correy, in 2010. She was an ardent supporter of those who serve in the military. Darlene was very proud of her sons, Jerome and Gerard, who had served, and her son, Mickey, who continues to serve and is currently deployed to the Middle East. Her appreciation of nature’s beauty was beyond measure; she thoroughly enjoyed scenic drives, from Iowa’s country roads to fulfilling her dream of traveling the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. She died Sept. 16, 2020, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Lucy; a son, Steven Lansink; a sister, Diana Gralapp; five brothers- and sisters-in-law: Nancy Gralapp, Billy Lansink, Diane Lansink, Salvador Murdocco and Judy Lansink; and her mother- and father-in-law, Will and Margaret Lansink. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 55 years, Don Lansink of Ida Grove; and her children: Vincent (Sheila) Lansink of Rimrock, Ariz.; Robert (Teresa) Lansink of Houston, Texas; Therese (Michael) Tierney of Southlake, Texas; Nancee Lansink of Denver, Colo.; Jerome Lansink of Oxford; Gerard Lansink of Newburgh, Ind.; Kathryn (Chuck) Dunleavy of Salida, Colo.; Correy (Jennifer) Lansink of Johnston, Mickey (Heather) Lansink of Norwalk and Bridgett Lansink of Chicago, Ill.
Sources: Ida County Courier, Ida Grove, Iowa, Wed., Sep 23, 2020 and Christensen-VanHouten Funeral Services, Ida Grove, Iowa at http://www.christensenvanhouten.com/


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