September 16, 1939 - July 4, 2017


Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville for Darlene J. Wendlandt, age 80 of Belgrade and formerly of Paynesville who passed away peacefully after a long illness on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at the CentraCare Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Pastor Bob Kandels will officiate. Burial will take place at the Paynesville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and after 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

Darlene was born on September 16, 1936 in Paynesville Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to Rudolph and Martha (Driver) Block. She married Eugene Wendlandt on June 15, 1955, they later divorced. To this union eight children were born. Darlene was employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Paynesville Area Health Care System for 32 years, retiring in 2005. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

Darlene was an avid flower gardener and had beautiful decorative flower beds all across her lawn. In the winter time before her failing health she would decorate her yard with many Christmas ornaments. People would come from miles around to see her impressive summer gardens and winter displays; it gave her great joy to see her hard work being admired. Darlene also enjoyed collecting antiques and trips to the casino in Morton and Granite Falls.

Darlene is survived by her sons, Kip (Judy) of Belgrade, Jay (Jeanne Wenz) of Paynesville, Ken (Kristi) of Paynesville, Tod of Belgrade, Lee (Kim) of New London, Tim (Lisa) New London; daughter, Lyn (Roy) Cromwell of Paynesville; brothers, Dennis (Kathleen, almost sister) Block and Rick (Norma) Block both of Paynesville; 19 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and one on the way; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and her beloved dogs, Sugar, Coco and Bailey.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Guy on September 5, 1977; infant grandson; infant great granddaughter, Hailey Wendlandt; nephew, Dean Block; her dogs, Copper, Penny, Rocky and Tweety.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.