Darlene Marie (Krogh) Dittman (1931 - 2016)

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Funeral services for Darlene M. Dittman, 85, were conducted by Pastor Steven Frock on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon. Interment was in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon. The casket bearers were Douglas Dittman, Dennis Dittman, Keith Kowal, Bill Emerson, Demetrius Dominick, and Craig Ehlert. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements
Darlene Marie Dittman, the daughter of Lawrence and Christina (Jensen) Krogh, was born Feb. 15, 1931, at her parents' home in Audubon County near Brayton, and died Aug. 11, 2016, at the Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids, at the age of 85 years, 5 months, and 26 days.
Darlene was baptized Oct. 11, 1932, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. She attended rural Audubon County Schools then studied at the Audubon High School in Audubon.
On Nov. 24, 1948, she was united in marriage to Gene Jackson in Exira. Three children Diane, Bonnie, and Michael were born to this union. Darlene was a homemaker for many years caring for Gene and the children. Gene died in 1965.
On April 3, 1969, she married Charles Dittman in Tekamah, Neb. Two sons Douglas and Dennis were born to this union. Darlene was a homemaker then later became a Certified Nurses' Assistant and was employed at the Friendship Home in Audubon for many years before she retired. Charles died on March 23, 1996. Darlene lived in her home until 2009 when she moved in and lived with her son Dennis and his wife Laura because of her failing health. She then moved into the Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids, in June of 2013.
Darlene loved to go fishing, doing crossword puzzles, and watching soap operas. But most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husbands Gene Jackson and Charles Dittman; her son Michael Jackson; her son-in-law David Lukasik; and her parents.
Survivors include her children Diane Lukasik of Polk City, Bonnie and husband Kenneth Jensen of Van Meter, Douglas Dittman and Dennis and wife Laura Dittman all of Audubon,; her grandchildren Sheridyn and husband Jeremy Greenwalt and Carie and husband Mitchell Ostlund all of West Des Moines, and Erin and husband Brice Arnold of Des Moines; her great-grandchildren Camryn Ostlund, Graham Ostlund, Landon Greenwalt and Liam Greenwalt all of West Des Moines, and Jaxson Arnold of Des Moines; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
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Kessler Funeral Home
515 S Division St
Audubon, IA 50025
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Aug. 26 to Sept. 2, 2016