Weerts Funeral Home

3625 Jersey Ridge Rd, Davenport, IA


Darlene M. Darnell

November 21, 1929January 4, 2020

Darlene M. Darnell of Davenport passed away on January 4, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Home, Davenport where she was a resident. Visitation will be Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 4-6 pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport. Memorial service will be 10:00 am Friday, January 10, 2020 at St. Paul Lutheran Church with a luncheon to follow. Burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery. Memorials in Darlene’s name may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Darlene was born November 21, 1929 in Lowden, Iowa, the daughter of Richard and Lavera Wenndt. She graduated from Lowden High School and then received her Secretarial Degree from the American Institute of Commerce. She was united in marriage to Larry E. Darnell on November 25, 1967; he preceded her in death on December 23, 2015. Darlene worked at Electrolux, Shell Oil, John Deere, and Mel Foster Co. She had high expectations of herself in the work place and in whatever environment she was in. She often commented that if she were to choose her grave epitaph, she would like it to say: “She did her best in what she did no matter the circumstances."

Darlene served as Treasurer and Social Chairman of the Windsor Crest Club; Member/Guest Chairman, Vice President and President of the Oakwood Country Club’s Ladies Organization; President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Couples Bowling League; she also served on several committees at St. Paul Lutheran Church, where she was also a member; and assisted with the planning of special event luncheons at Mel Foster Co. After retirement, she became active as a volunteer in various departments at Genesis Medical Center- East Campus. She loved the versatility of working with volunteers and Hospital Personnel. Darlene loved going to Church, golfing, bowling, watching the Hawkeyes, gardening and cooking.

Those left to honor her memory are her brothers Reuben (Joanne) and Kenneth (Melva) Wenndt and sisters-in-law Evelyn Graham and Frances Newman; along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Merlen, brother-in-law William Newman, nephew Thomas Wenndt and niece Jerilyn Nelson.


  • Richard Wenndt, Father (deceased)
  • Lavera Wenndt, Mother (deceased)
  • Larry E. Darnell, Husband (deceased)
  • Reuben (Joanne) Wenndt, Brother
  • Kenneth (Melva) Wenndt, Brother
  • Evelyn Graham, Sister in Law
  • Frances Newman, Sister-in-law
  • Darlene also leaves many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Merlen, brother-in-law William Newman, nephew Thomas Wenndt and niece Jerilyn Nelson.

  • Jeffrey Wenndt
  • Rick Wenndt
  • Joe Wenndt
  • Kevin Wenndt
  • Andrew Wenndt

  • St. Paul Lutheran Church


  • Visitation Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Memorial Service Friday, January 10, 2020


Darlene M. Darnell

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Kerry Skinner

January 7, 2020

My deepest sympathies and prayers for Darlene’s family. She was such a great model of completing work the right way with a cheerful attitude. I enjoyed working with her at Mel Foster Co.

I have often wondered if she crossed paths with my family who were also from the Lowden area. May she Rest In Peace.

Nancy Walker

January 7, 2020

I loved helping her water the plants when she would be out of town.
She had water cans filled and instruction on how much in each area of the yard. Her yard was beautiful like the lady she was, I will miss her.