Darlene A. Schwintek


Darlene Schwintek, 85, of Clear Lake, passed away May 31, 2023, at her home surrounded by her family.  Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 7, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm. The Rev. Joseph Backowski will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday evening at the Foley Funeral Home and will continue from 10-11 a.m. at the church Wednesday. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Darlene Ann Schwintek was born Oct. 7, 1937, in Benson to Otto and Mabel (Weber) Schlueter. She grew up in Benson and graduated from Benson High School. She married Leander Schwintek on Oct. 31, 1959, in Benson. The couple moved to rural Clear Lake in 1965, where they worked and raised their family. Darlene worked for Moorehouse turkey farms and the Lang Home but will be remembered mostly for being a grandma and daycare provider for many families and kids in the neighborhood.  She enjoyed gardening and birdwatching and baking her homemade bread. Nobody ever left her home hungry. She was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

She is survived by her children: Jodi (Randy) Schwarzkopf, Clear Lake; Carla Kuklock (Doug Moulzolf), Foley; Leander (Veronica), Becker; Kyle (Jami), Becker and Chad (Lisa), Clear Lake as well as 13 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren and brothers and sister; Terry, Gary and Janelle Skarsten. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Leander and a brother, Roger “Billy.