Darlene Pfahning

Darlene Pfahning

  • Funeral Date: 2/14/15
  • Funeral Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Date of Birth: 11/26/30
  • Date of Death: 2/11/15
  • Funeral Location: Chapel of the Three Links Care Center, Northfield

Darlene Irene Pfahning was born November 26, 1930, in Northfield, Minnesota, to Hans and Irene (Beyer) Christensen. She attended Northfield Public Schools and graduated from the University of Minnesota. She was a personnel clerk for almost 20 years with the Minneapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center in Farmington.

Darlene married Gordon Pfahning of Wells, Minnesota, on December 3, 1955. They made their home in Farmington, MN. Gordon worked for the Minnesota State Highway Department in St. Paul. They lived in Farmington for 42 years, raising their two children there. In 1998 she moved to Dundas to be closer to her grandchildren. In 2013, Darlene moved to the Three Links Apartments in Northfield. She made a full circle, for as a child, along with her parents, she had lived on the Odd Fellows Home Farm from 1930 – 1941 as her father was the farm manager for the Home during that time.

Darlene enjoyed gardening, baking, scrap booking, working on genealogy projects, attending her grandchildren’s events and her Wednesday coffee group meetings. She was a member of the St. John’s knitting group and spent many hours making baby sweaters and blankets. She was kind, thoughtful, generous, organized and loved her family dearly.

Survivors include her son Brad (Kay) of Northfield, her daughter Patti (Gary) Sloan of Brooklyn Park, her grandchildren Jessica, Thomas and Steven Pfahning, brothers Dayton Christensen of Sedona, Arizona, and Dennis (Marilyn) Christensen of Prior Lake, sisters-in-law Jean Pfahning Stenzel of Chesterfield, MO and Jo Pfahning of Glen Allen, VA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon, who passed away in 1980 and her parents.

Darlene passed away Wednesday evening, February 11, 2015, at the Three Links Care Center in Northfield at the age of 84. Services will be 12 Noon, Saturday, February 14, 2015, at Three Links Care Center Chapel in Northfield. Spring interment will be at the German Union Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jessica Pfahning, Thomas Pfahning, Steven Pfahning, Travis Christensen, Shellee Christensen and Susan Christensen. Visitation will begin at 11:30AM on Saturday at Three Links Chapel.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society, German Union Cemetery, or the Three Links Foundation.

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