Of Apple Valley Formerly St. Cloud Succumbed to her battle with cancer surrounded by her family on January 1, 2021. Darla, age 63, was born to Albert & Angeline (Hinck) Dittfach, attended Lincoln High School in Lake City, MN and received her Bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University. She married the love of her life, Steven, in May of 1985. Darla enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren. Her tender heart and quirky sense of humor will be missed. Darla devoted most of her life of service working with children in several Preschools and her own daycare while her children were young. Then worked in the Deli at Coborn's (Sartell, MN) and lastly Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in Apple Valley. She was a passionate volunteer, especially her time spent at Place of Hope Ministries, serving meals and collecting donations. Survived by her husband, Steven; her three children, Darrin (Jordan) Lovejoy of Rochester, Angela (Richard) Haberman of Fargo, ND and Cristal (Jeremy Sargent) Lovejoy of Cincinnati, OH; two grandchildren, Trevin and Maizee Lovejoy; mother- in-law Dianna Lovejoy; 1 brother, David (Marian) of Oak Center and 5 sisters, Susan Bunnell of Mountainair, NM, Bonnie (Dennis) Munkberg of Redding, CA, Sara (Robert) Bedtke of St. Charles, Betty (Richard) Steffenhagen of Lake City and Dana (Galyn) Grad of Rochester; nieces, nephews and many family and friends throughout MN. Preceded in death by her parents Albert and Angeline Dittfach and father-in-law David Lovejoy Sr. A special thank you to AccentCare Fairview Hospice for providing such love and compassionate care. A celebration of life will take place at a later time. Memorials in remembrance of Darla can be made to Place of Hope Ministries, 511 9th Ave. N., St. Cloud, MN 56303 or St. Cloud State University Women's Center, St. Cloud, MN 56301. www.whitefuneralhomes.com

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Published by Pioneer Press on Jan. 10, 2021.
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May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Carol Duke
January 8, 2021
Steve and family...so sorry to hear about this. Thinking of you.
Lynda S Messserich
January 8, 2021
We will always remember Steve & Darla’s compassion as we got to know them at Celebration Lutheran while volunteering for Place of Hope! We are so sorry to hear of her passing! RIP, Darla, as it was a life well lived!
Brian & Mary Jaenisch
January 7, 2021
I have such fond memories of getting to know Darla when she was a member at Celebration Lutheran in Sartell. She was kind and full of warmth. She was passionate and peaceful. She was smart and hard working. Darla was a true gem of a human being, making this world better by her very presence in it! She has been missed at Celebration since she moved and she will now be forever missed by those who knew her and by those whose lives she touched- even though they may not have met her. Sending my love and condolences. I am so sorry to hear that Darla has died.
Lori Listug-Lunde
January 6, 2021