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Darlene (Bucholz) Blocker

December 24, 1937 ~ July 11, 2018 (age 80)

Darlene Blocker, age 80, of Wilmot, SD, died on July 11, 2018, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Community Church in Wilmot.  Pastor K. C. Smith will officiate, and burial will be in the Milbank City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, at the church.

Darlene Doris Bucholz was born on December 24, 1937.  She was the daughter of William Otto Bucholz and Lydia Louise Grube Bucholz.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Bellingham, MN, and raised on a farm east of Odessa, MN.

During her youth, Darlene and her sisters enjoyed their unique play house, with two colors of mud dough, and real utensils.  They enjoyed bike riding; their very own merry-go-round; pony, Dexter; dog, Tricksy; several cats; and her pet calf, Sunny Ray. 

She was active in 4-H, took piano accordion lessons, participated in class plays, was a class officer, homecoming attendant, and columnist on the school newspaper, Hill Top Echoes.

Darlene graduated from Odessa High School.  She worked for several seasons at  Big Stone Canning Company.  She loved roller skating, where she met and later married Earl Harry Christians.  To this union three sons were born: the first was still born, then Brice Earl, and Faron Scot were born.  The couple farmed near Stockholm, SD.  They were members of Parkview Untied Methodist Church. Darlene taught Bible School and Sunday School, and was the Sunday School Superintendent.  She was a member and officer of  United Methodist Women; a member and officer of  Jolly Madison Home Extension Club; and a past president of Milbank Hospital Auxiliary.

After Earl’s death in 1986, Darlene moved to Milbank, SD.  She was employed at St. William’s Nursing Home for nearly 18 years.  Darlene married Morris Blocker in 1998, and they moved to an acreage near Wilmot, SD.  Together they planted trees, shrubs and flowers.  Like her mother and mothers-in-law, Darlene liked flowers and collected specimens from many relatives, friends and neighbors.  She enjoyed the rows of lilacs (her favorite flower) and over 30 peony plants.  It saddened her that poor health kept her from properly caring for their yard and garden.  Her favorite color was orange and she liked mums, marigolds, and pumpkins. 

Darlene liked butterflies, especially monarchs, and their four stages of metamorphosis.  This was especially meaningful to her as she saw God’s hand at work, transforming a lovely caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly.  She believed God could make any low time in our lives (with prayer and patience) into something blessed and wonderful.  She was a member of Zion Community Church and was blessed with their prayers and support. 

Darlene and Morris enjoyed many country jamborees and dancing to barbershop music.  They traveled to several states visiting relatives and seeing the sights.  They frequently played Skip Bo with warm and fuzzy friends. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; their stillborn son; her parents; brothers: Willard and Sidney; sisters: Lois Gloege, Janice Johnson, and Jorgine Boogaard; sister-in-law, DeAnne Bucholz; brothers-in-law: Howard Benshoof, Ned Gloege, Conley Cronen, Arthur Radtke, and Allan Christians.

Darlene is survived by her husband, Morris; her sons: Brice Christians and Faron (Robin) Christians; brother, Rodger (Rose) Bucholz; sisters: Ethel Benshoof, Shirley (Arlo) Christians, Judith Radtke, Faye (Wallace) Runge; grandchildren: Eric (Sarah), Angel (Kyle), Savannah, Dustin (Kiesha), and Sierra; eight great-grandchildren; 13 step-children; 20 step grandchildren; eight step great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and cousins.


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