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Darlene Ann Bechtold – Obituary

Name: Darlene Ann Bechtold

Age: 78

Born: 01-03-1940

Died: 02-05-2018

St. Joseph Heritage Hall, St. Joseph, Minnesota

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, St. Joseph, Minnesota

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, February 10th, at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph for Darlene Ann Bechtold, age 78, of St. Joseph, who died on Monday at the St. Cloud Hospital as a result of a traumatic stroke suffered on Sunday. Rev Jerome Tupa OSB will officiate. Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery.

Friends may call on Friday between 4:00 - 8:00 PM and on Saturday after 9:00 AM at St. Joseph Heritage Hall in St. Joseph.

Darlene was very active in her church and school. She loved children, but will always be remembered for her love of her husband and her family.

Darlene was born January 3rd, 1940 to Peter and Agnes (Zimmer) Kosel. She married Herbert Bechtold on May 7th, 1960 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph. Darlene lived in St. Joseph most of her life where she provided Day Care Services for 28 years for many many children. Grandma Darlene was a Foster Grandparent at Kennedy School for 12 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Senior Citizens. Darlene was a member of St. Joseph TOPS for 33 years.

Survivors include her husband Herb, children, Brian Bechtold (Kirsten) Sartell, Bruce Bechtold (Pat) St. Joseph, Bradley Bechtold (Jane) Sauk Rapids, daughter-in-law Nicole Bechtold, Holdingford, grandchildren, Brianna (Al Flannigan), Spencer, Tanner (Kia Grindland), Samuel (Carrie), Mary (Blake Bellefeuille), Ted, Kate, Kelly, Amy Gans (John), great-grandchild Cameron, sister, Karen Schloemer, Baxter and brother, Kevin Kosel, St. Joseph.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Brent Bechtold on AUGUST 16th, 2017, sister and in-laws Kathy Seifert and Al Seifert and Gerald Schloemer.

Memorials are preferred.

The family would like to thank the employees at “The Club”, St. Joseph Rescue Squad, Gold Cross, and the staff at the St. Cloud Hospital for the care given to Darlene. Also, the family appreciates her special friends at the St. Joseph Police Department.

Guestbook for Darlene Ann Bechtold

Sister Quidella Kollmann
, Employee at St. Cloud Hospital
February 12, 2018, 1:46 pm
Sister Quidella sends her sympathy and prayers to Herb and family. She is unable to come personally but wants you to know she is praying for you these days as you journey with your loss of Darlene. She would love to have a visit by Herb when he is able. Sister Quidella, OSB
Connie Horsch
, Co-worker and parish friend
February 9, 2018, 3:40 pm
So sad that Darlene will not be a part of our physical journey in this life! She was great at much she took on in this life! We worked together as co-workers in business and in recent years co-workers in our parish life which she will be dearly missed!! Always that smile and wise conversations/anecdotes she offered were wonderful! I will take and treasure them all dearly! Thanks Darlene!! Her eternal life with her Savior probably is the pinnacle of what she truly yearned for---to be safe and sound with Him--- so may she enjoy the presence of Him and all her loved ones that have gone before her----especially her son Brent! Peace to all of her family and prayers always as you journey without her in this life---her love will always REMAIN for each of you!!!
Kyra Kotsmith
, Student at kennedy
February 9, 2018, 12:15 am
I was a new student at Kennedy and she took the time to ask who I was and wher I came from and ever since then had hugged me in the halls every day! You will be missed grandma Darlene!
Carole Tamm & Family
, Friend of Family
February 7, 2018, 3:07 pm
Wow! God sure took one beautiful Angel this week. Darlene was a beautiful soul our whole community will miss...we sure were blessed to have had her. Everyone that knew her loved her, how couldn't you?! Love prayers and hugs to you Herb and family.
Angela Sieben
, Friend. Follower
February 7, 2018, 4:05 am
I've seen my kiddos faces light up at the sight of Grandma Darlene! I've shared tears and pains of parenting with her and I've come to know her as a very trusting friend! Her encouragements, positive outlook, and strong faith will never be forgotten. Grandma Darlene has been at VBS volunteering at least the 8 years we've been involved, and in our lives at Kennedy for 9 years. AMAZING LADY! I'll never forget the impact she has had on me and my family! I'm sorry she was taken so early. I pray her family finds peace in knowing she is with our Lord and Sheperd.
Pam Funk
, Para and parent of students at Kennedy
February 7, 2018, 3:11 am
This very special lady has touched so many and taken to soon. She was a volunteer grandma at the school that kids went to and I work at. She shared her big smiles and kind words to everyone. Her heart carried a special spot for all of the kids and people she knew. I took a sub job on the 26 and enjoyed having lunch with her and as always she asked about my kids by name and had a big smile when I said it was my sons birthday that day. I will miss her hugs and smiling face. May God embrace you and keep you.
Rachel Haaland
, Students parent
February 7, 2018, 2:30 am
Thank you for sharing your precious Darlene with the children at. Kennedy. Grandma worked with both of my boys helping them out its their reading, showing them love and sharing in their accomplishments. She made an impression upon our family and we will miss her greatly.
Esther A. Dusha
, Friend
February 7, 2018, 1:54 am
So sorry for the loss. She will be GREATLY missed at Kennedy. She always had a smile for everyone. Very loving and kind.
Bryce Wurzer
February 7, 2018, 1:23 am
As someone very wise said she is the heart of St. Joseph and will be greatly missed, but I guarantee heaven will be a happier place with her there. I still remember going to her house for daycare when I was like 4 years old. She introduced me to spaghettios with cut up hotdogs. I still make it today and I always think of her. What a wonderful lady with a great legacy!
Tammy Rivard
, Friend and Co-worker
February 7, 2018, 1:15 am
Never have I met a woman that worked so hard to lift everybody up. She truly had a positive impact on everybody around her, adults and children alike. I already miss Grandma Darlene so much and her warm morning hugs. Kennedy School will not be the same without her.
Cliff & Linda Borgerding
, Friend
February 7, 2018, 12:29 am
Our colencees to Darlene's family. Sorry for your loss.
Judy & Marty Meyer
, friend
February 7, 2018, 12:10 am
Why Darlene? She was one person that should have lived forever. She was the kindest, softest hearted lady. My heart hurts for the family and for Herb. I guess God needed one of the best up there NOW. Our sympathy to her family. The city and church will miss her greatly.
Listul Family
, Family Friends
February 6, 2018, 11:25 pm
We are thinking of you all and keep you in our prayers. Mary, Trisha and Kelvin
Cathy Salzer
, Friend
February 6, 2018, 10:11 pm
My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you! Thoughts and prayers to all! She was a very special person.
audrey j schroeder
, cousin
February 6, 2018, 8:09 pm
My heart shattered when I heard the news. Darlene was not only a cousin, but like the older sister I never ha,.( as well as Karen and Kathy) She was there for me through all my hard times and was always so generous with hugs and understanding. i will forever hold her in my heart.
Steve Pfannenstein
, Freind of family
February 6, 2018, 8:03 pm
Wow! Very sorry,and sad to read the news,Darlene was a great lady,took very good care of her husband Herb,and all their kids, sad to know shes gone,,thoughts and prayers to 5he Bechtold family,from my extended family,,may GOD keep you all strong and supportive...
Mary K Eisenschenk
, friend
February 6, 2018, 7:48 pm
My deepest sympathy on your loss. Darlene was a special person to many. Keep special memories of her in your heart.
Cheri Hoheisel
, Friend
February 6, 2018, 7:27 pm
I am so sorry to hear this sad news. It was such an honor to meet her and the family at Brents Memorial Tournement. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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