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Darlene Kastelle

February 20, 1930 — July 22, 2011

Darlene Adair Kastelle, 81 of Breckenridge, MN died Friday, July 22, 2011 at St. Francis Health Care Campus in Breckenridge. She left this world peacefully surrounded by her family. The visitation is at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home on Monday, July 25 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm. The funeral is at Breckenridge Lutheran Church on Tuesday, July 26 at 11:00 am. Reverend Kathleen Bruns will be officiating. The interment is at Aastad Cemetery in rural Fergus Falls, MN.
Darlene Walstad was born February 20, 1930 to John Julius Walstad and Clara Lenora Otto Walstad in Claire City, SD. She was delivered in birth by her father who came home from working at her uncle's grain elevator. Afterwards, he returned to work. She attended first grade in a one room country schoolhouse. The family moved to Warba, MN in 1937 because of the depression, drought, and hard times in SD. Darlene continued grade school at Warba and graduated from high school at Grand Rapids, MN. After high school she moved to Minneapolis where she first worked as a seamstress at Munsingwear and later worked at the Federal Reserve Bank. In Minneapolis she met Wallace Greenquist from Evansville, MN. Wally was a student at the University of Minnesota. They were married in Bovey, MN on October 20th, 1950 and moved to Breckenridge, MN where Wally taught at the High School and Darlene worked at the First National Bank. Their first son Gregg was born July 9, 1955. In 1956 they moved to Duluth, MN where their second son, Eric was born on September 15, 1958. Wallace passed away at age 32 after having open heart surgery on August 4, 1959. Darlene moved back to Breckenridge in 1960 and worked as a librarian, then at the First National Bank, and later at the Breckenridge Clinic as a receptionist and bookkeeper.
In 1962, while helping her brother-in-law's family move from Breckenridge to Fergus Falls, she met Russell Kastelle, who was also helping with the move. Russ was the City Engineer for Breckenridge. On June 8, 1963 she married Russ and her sons got a new dad. The new family moved to a bigger house on 13th Street in Breckenridge. After her sons grew up she began part time work for a CPA auditor and later as an Internal Auditor for both the First National Bank and the Farmers & Merchants State Bank in Breckenridge. Darlene also worked for many years as a receptionist and bookkeeper for her husband's surveying business.
Darlene was active in the Breckenridge Lutheran Church. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and needlepoint. Some of her most cherished times were spent with her girlfriends of the book club, her church circle, homemakers, and sewing quilts for missions with the Breckenridge Lutheran Women. Darlene worked hard with Russ to organize a community effort to plant hundreds of trees and to establish and maintain the flower gardens by the train depot. Darlene also loved traveling with her husband. They attended many land surveyors' conferences all over the United States and Canada.
Darlene, a caring and gentle person, led an exemplary life. Her friends and family know that she loved them very much and she was also loved by them. She will be greatly missed.
Darlene is survived by her husband Russell of Breckenridge, MN; her sons Gregg Greenquist of Bismarck, ND; Eric (Celeste) Greenquist, of Abercrombie, ND and their daughter, Josephine (Mike Hiti, fiancé) of Blaine, MN; her brothers Lyle (Pat) Walstad of White Bear Lake , MN; Willis (Jean) Walstad of Blaine, MN; Larry (Kathy) Walstad of Grand Rapids, MN; her sister Jeanette (John) Willey, of Virginia, MN and many nieces and nephews.
Darlene is preceded in death by her parents John and Clara Walstad; her first husband, Wallace Greenquist and her brothers Vincent and Mike. Memorials may be sent to Breckenridge Lutheran Church or the Richland/Wilkin Salvation Army.

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