August 28, 1930 - March 11, 2018
VENTRUA – N. Darlene Wells, 87, of Ventura, died Sunday, March 11, 2018, at Concord Care Center in Garner.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2018, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 301 S. Main St., Ventura, with Pastor Jesse Burns officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City.
Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake.
Family suggests memorial contributions to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ventura.
Darlene was born August 28, 1930, the daughter of Willard and Velma (Hollingsworth) Brager in rural Garner. She married Earl Schwisow on August 28, 1949, at Ellington Prairie Lutheran Church in Miller, IA. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1980. She later married Derwood Wells on December 21, 1985, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ventura. He preceded her in death on September 2, 2012.
A graduate of Ventura High School, class of 1947, Darlene attended Waldorf College where she sang in the choir and majored in education. For 25 years she was a kindergarten teacher's aide at Ventura Elementary School.
Darlene was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ventura, Dorcas Society and sang in the church choir for many years. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and playing games and cards. She enjoyed family gatherings and especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Darlene is survived by five daughters, Sherry (Steve) Brouwer of Aplington, IA, Brenda (Darwin) Avery of Ventura, IA, Carolyn (Scott) Wells of Gastonia, NC, Donna Tobin of Texas and Laurie Wright of Omaha, NE; two stepsons, Steve (Linda) Wells of Clear Lake, IA and Mickey (Charlotte) Wells of Solon, IA; eight grandchildren, Gretchen (Jon) Muller, Sarah (Brian) Town, Amanda Dougherty, Angie (Jamie) Avery-Bailey, Ashley (Brad) Upmeyer, Wade (Marinda) Wells, Ciara (fiancé, Joel) Wright, and Chanel Wright; two step-grandchildren, Josh (Jessica) Wells and Marc Wells; 13 great-grandchildren Kate, Meg and Jay Muller, Max, Anna and Olivia Town, Maddison, Emilie and Braden Dougherty, Ellery and Eason Upmeyer, Avanlei and Greyson Wells; two step-great grandchildren, Madeline and Amelia Wells; a brother, Larry (Sandy) Brager of LeClaire, IA; four sisters-in-law, Adelaide Brager, Althea Brager, LaVonne Brager and Mary (Bill) Blackburn; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; three brothers, Marvin, Kenneth and Ronald; a sister, Venita Statser; and a brother-in-law, Robert (Jeanette) Schwisow.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake. 641-357-2193. ColonialChapels.com.