Dear Class of 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970 and 1973:
This is a Deacon Alert to inform you of the passing of Darlene (Wallington) Nelson ('55) on Monday, Oct. 3rd.
Darlene was a member of the Class of 1955 and the sister of Shirley (Wallington) Johnson ('60), Mary (Wallington) Curtis ('65), David Birk ('73) and the late Cheryl (Birk) Wegner ('70).
Darlene M. Nelson age 78 of Grand Forks, ND, formerly of East Grand Forks, MN, passed away on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at her home in Grand Forks.
Darlene Marie Nelson was born on November 10, 1937 in Grand Forks, ND, the daughter of Bill and Marie (Deziel) Wallington. Darlene grew up and attended school at St. Michaels Catholic School in Grand Forks before graduating from Shanley High School in Fargo, ND with the Class of 1955. She worked for Northwestern Telephone Company for 10 years and the for Northern Potato. Darlene then worked for American Crystal Sugar Company in East Grand Forks before ending her career there after 21 years of employment. Darlene loved to make dolls, crafts and baking cookies when time allowed. She had many good friends in East Grand Forks and Grand Forks, and also enjoyed being at Shell Lake Resort by Detroit Lakes, MN.
Loving family members of Darlene include her children, Steve Nelson of Grand Forks, ND, Mark Nelson of Apollo Beach, FL and Scott Nelson of Crookston, MN; 2 grandchildren, Lindsey (Eric) Beare of Ruskin, FL and Megan Nelson at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ; one great-grandson , Zander Beare and one great-granddaughter on the way, Mackenzie Darlene Beare; sister-in-law, Lois Thompson of Boise, ID; siblings, Shirley (Bob) Johnson of West Fargo, ND, Mary (Rich) Curtis of Fargo, ND and David (Mary) Birk of Centenial, CO.
Darlene is preceded in death by her parents, William and Marie (Deziel) Wallington and Ingvald and Katherine Birk and one sister, Cheryl Birk Wegner.
In Lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.
Blessed be the memory of Darlene Marie Nelson
Funeral Service: 11:00 AM on Monday, October 10, 2016 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 200 3rd St. NW, East Gr4and Forks, MN.
Visitation: One Hour Prior Funeral Service on Monday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Interment: Resurrection Cemetery ~ East Grand Forks, MN
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