Darlene Thune -- Pine Island

September 17, 2018

Darlene J. (Hilke) Thune, 87, of Pine Island, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.

Darlene was born Dec. 27, 1930, in Battle Creek, Iowa, to Franz “Frank” and Margaret (Bliss) Hilke. She graduated from St. Charles High School in 1947. Darlene became an employee of First National Bank in St. Charles and various purchasing departments in Rochester. In 1951, she married M. Richard Thune, the love of her life. They spent 60 years together until his death in 2011. They raised four children.

Darlene had many hobbies, including gardening, crocheting, quilting, oil painting, designing jewelry, breaking her own horses for saddle and training her beloved labs. She also was an avid reader and a “hell of a fisherwomen.” Darlene received the Molly Pitcher award from Fort Sill, Okla., for work she did with her husband on the newsletter and reunion of the 300th Army Field Artillery Unit, “The Cowboy Cannoneers.”

She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Thune of Red Wing; a brother, Gaylen (Ginger) Hilke of St. George, Utah; grandchildren, Erin (Brian) Karlstad of Red Wing, Michael Thune, Jr. and Ryan Thune of Salinas, Calif., Stephanie Thune of Portland, Ore., Erik Thune and Sarah Salyards of the Twin Cities; a great-grandson, Ethan Ruff of Hastings; and many nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers, Gordon and Kenneth Hilke; two sons, Richard and Michael; a daughter, Patricia Freiheit; two grandsons, Jesse and Kyle Thune; and most recently by her faithful companion lab, Inki.

Services to remember Darlene will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles, with Chaplain Carol Shaffer of Seasons Hospice officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday at Hoff Funeral Service.

Please share a memory of Darlene at her online guestbook and view her video tribute when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Mayo Hospice.

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