Joan Lavone Darling, age 81, passed away on Monday, November 14th at St. Johnâs Lutheran Community. A celebration of life, graveside memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd at 1:00 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery. Rev. Wendy Anderson will officiate.
Joan was born in Albert Lea on October 24, 1935, daughter of Carl and Burnette Behrends. Joan was baptized, confirmed and married at Concordia Lutheran Church of Pickerel Lake. In her youth she enjoyed teaching Sunday School, gardening and canning with her mother and was active in 4-H. She enjoyed playing piano and button accordion. Her love of music followed her all her life as she entertained at countless friend and family gatherings. Joan graduated from Albert Lea High School and continued her education at Mankato State University. On August 19, 1956 she was united in marriage to Robert Darling, of this union three sons were born. They made the Mankato area their home. Joan waitressed for many years and worked at the Mankato Area Chamber of Commerce until 1980. She then moved to Walnut California and served as the Executive Vice President at La Habra Chamber of Commerce until her retirement in 1993.
She loved spending time with her grandchildren, golfing, entertaining and dancing. Joan was active in the Portola Country Club and volunteering in the Palm Desert area. Joan had a flare for wild earrings and red lipstick. She had a personality plus and a beautiful infectious smile. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. She would affectionately call all whom she loved her Tu-Tu Bumps! She loved putting a smile on our face.
Joan is survived by five grandchildren Kristine, Melissa, Julie, Fred and Samantha; five great-grandchildren; brother Warren Behrends; special friend Hank Nagel and many nieces and nephews.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband Robert Darling; sons Jody, Mike and Randy Darling; sister Ida Mildenstein and sister-in-law Almira Behrends.
Memorials are preferred to Concordia Lutheran Church of Pickerel Lake.
Our Sincere heartfelt thanks to Knutson Place and St. Johnâs Staff for the loving and compassionate care given to Joan over the past 6 years.