Memorial services for Darlene Menefee, 89, of Arnold's Park, formerly of Aurelia, were held on Monday, March 16, 2015 at the First Congregational Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Bruce Rapp officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation was from 1-2 p.m. at the church.
Darlene Faye Grienke was born in Aurelia on August 22, 1925, the daughter of Herbert and Christina (Gerjets) Grienke. She attended school in Aurelia and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1943. After graduating, she worked as a teller at the Farmer's National Bank. On September 12, 1945, Darlene married Clifford Lashley Menefee in Aurelia, and after his service in WWII, the couple farmed north of Aurelia. Darlene worked for many years at the Farmer's National Bank and the First Trust & Savings Bank in Aurelia. She enjoyed her card clubs and the winters she and Clifford spent in Arizona, as well as the years on the lake in Arnold's Park. Nothing made her happier than fishing with her family. Time spent with her granddaughters and great-granddaughters was especially important to her along with the many card games they played.
Darlene died Friday, March 13, 2015 at her home.
Preceding Darlene in death were her parents; her husband Clifford; and her son Craig, in 2008.
Survivors include her son, Steven Menefee of Bloomington, Minnesota; daughter-in-law Joan Menefee of Boone; two granddaughters, Carrie and her husband Erik Lundy of Des Moines, and Stephanie Menefee of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; two great-granddaughters, Josie and Megan Lundy of Des Moines; two sisters - Myrna Huseman and Betty and her husband Jerry Anderson, all of Aurelia; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.