Monday May 9th, 2011
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Darlene Rosina KludtOFFICIATING
Organist ~ Karen Huether
Duet by LeAndra Mogck & Connie Sonne
“He Leadeth Me”
“Just As I Am”
“How Great Thou Art”
Staff and Residents of the Good Samaritan Society of Tripp
Darlene Rosina Kludt was born Thursday, October 14, 1937 in Hutchinson County, South Dakota to Art A. and Vesta (Reiman) Bietz. She attended school through the eighth grade and later earned her GED. Darlene was united in marriage to Melvin Kludt on October 30, 1955 in the Dennewitz Lutheran Church near Tripp, which is where she was baptized and confirmed and where she also served as organist. She farmed with Mel five miles east of Tripp until she moved to Tripp following Mel’s illness. She was a dedicated employee of the Good Samaritan Society of Tripp from June of 1968 until the time of her death. She spent her 43 years there as a Certified Nursing Assistant, a Med Aide, and an Activities Associate. Darlene had many interests and enjoyed reading, cooking, gardening, playing the piano, crocheting and working with ceramics. She especially loved caring for her cat. She was a member of the First American Lutheran Church of Tripp and the Tripp Civic (Study) Club. She also volunteered at the Tripp Public Library. Darlene passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at the Avera St. Benedict Health Center in Parkston, having attained the age of 73 years, 6 months, and 21 days.
Grateful for sharing Darlene’s life are her three children: Brian (Joyce) Kludt of Waller, Texas, Janelle (Jerry) Schnabel of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Debra (Mark) Classen of Medina, Minnesota; seven grandchildren: Michael Johnson, Jayson Johnson, Amy Johnson, Jared Schnabel, Jordan Schnabel, Eric Classen and Brett Classen; and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Art and Vesta Bietz, Darlene was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Kludt on January 3, 1991, and a brother, Larry Bietz.
Brian, Janelle, and Deb, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I have many fond memories of her while I was still living in Tripp, working with the Ambulance crew. She was always great to work with when we transported in and out of the home! She was very special to us all and will be very much missed.
Dennis Pastian May 21 2011 5:25 PM
I am sorry to here of the loss of your mother truly a great lady.
Greg Patton May 11 2011 6:27 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I was Administrator at Tripp Good Samaritan 1999-2006 and I loved Darlene. She was so great to work with and she always had a smile! I hope and pray she did not suffer and I rest knowing we will meet again in heaven! God Bless!
Stacy Kern May 9 2011 6:53 PM
My sympathies to Darlene's family and friends. I am sad knowing that she won't be working at the Good Sam Center anymore. She was always kind and cheerful to me and my family whenever we would be visiting my mom, Adina Stoebner. Darlene always seemed to know what was happening in our family and how my mom was doing. I so appreciated her caring and concern. Her shoes will be difficult to fill. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Margie Neugebauer May 9 2011 6:03 PM
I was so very sorry to hear about Darlene. The nursing home won't be the same without her. She never failed to greet me by name when I was visiting my mother, Delores, in the nursing home and ask how things were in the cities. My mother enjoys the fact that some of her old co-workers are still working at the Good Sam now that she is a resident. She will be greatly missed!
Susanne Wollman May 9 2011 11:44 AM
Deb and Janelle and family, Sorry for your loss of your mom. I fondly remember her when I would go visit family at the nursing home. She always had a nice smile and a greeting for me. She will be greatly missed.
jack magera May 9 2011 7:39 AM
Darlene was a very special person. I helped her when she had issues with her computer. I think we spent more time visiting then we did working on the computer. My son Colby went along a couple times. When we were talking about Darlene's passing, Colby asked if she was the lady with cat and the candy. She always nice to my whole family. I will truly miss her.
Amy Brown May 9 2011 7:05 AM
Brian, Janelle, Debra, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. You more than likely don't remember me, but her parents, your grandparents, were my godparents, and your mom was flower girl in my parents wedding. I was planning to visit your mom when I come back to SD Memorial weekend, I am so sorry I won't be able to do that. We had such a nice visit last year at my parents burial. I am now thankful for that time. I know you will miss her so much, and my heart goes out to all of you.
Sharon Weisz May 9 2011 6:45 AM
I had the opportunity to know Darlene when I was married to Jon (Bietz). She was a wonderful woman who touched a lot of people during her life. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her entire family.
Leigh Anne Larson May 9 2011 5:54 AM
My prayers go out to Darlene's family, especially Janelle and Deb who were good friends during our high school years. During my high school and college summers I had the opportunity to work at our Tripp Good Samaritan Center with Darlene. She was so caring and compasionate to everyone she encountered. Darlene was truly a person who gave her heart to all. She will be greatly missed.
Deb Reiner May 7 2011 3:55 PM