Darlene Lauer

Darlene Lauer


August 17, 1934 - February 26, 2023


Darlene Lauer, 88, of Mitchell, SD, died peacefully Sunday, February 26, 2023, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell SD. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Thursday, March 2, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with burial at the American Legion Cemetery, both in Mitchell. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7:00 PM with a 6:30 PM prayer service at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A live stream of the funeral service can be viewed at: https://www.holyspiritmitchell.org/livestream

Darlene Loretta (Hageman) Lauer was born at home August 17, 1934 to Victor and Leona (Kurtenbach) Hageman in Ethan, SD. Darlene grew up in Ethan and graduated from Ethan High School in 1952.

Darlene was united in marriage to John Lauer on August 28, 1956 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. She was a loving mother to her six children.

She worked as a secretary for Holy Spirit Catholic Church, served in the Altar Society, was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and supported Meals on Wheels and Special Olympics. In addition to raising her children, she guided many neighborhood kids and Cub Scouts. In more recent years, she most enjoyed her Yarn and Yak friends, coffee groups, and spoiling her grand and great grandchildren.

Darlene is survived by her husband, John; children, Charles (Joyce) Lauer of Killeen, TX, Dianne (Mike) Dudley of Eden Prairie, MN, Douglas (Lisa) Lauer of Lakeville, MN, Brian (Laura) Lauer of Falls Church, VA, Barbara (Chris) Lauer of Arlington, VA, and Daniel (Kim) Lauer of Sioux City, IA; 14 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Thelen of Mitchell; brothers and sisters in law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Michelle Lauer; sister Adeline Hageman; and brother, Vic Hageman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Mitchell Catholic Foundation, or LifeQuest of Mitchell.


Wednesday, March 1, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, March 2, 2023
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Lisa Lucibella Pibal on March 3, 2023
Mr. Lauer, Doug, & family, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you all.
Posted by Karen Schultz on March 2, 2023
John and family, I am so sorry for your loss. She was a neighbor of mine for many years. I always enjoyed the conversations that we had.
Posted by Lee Rosa Kurtenbach on March 2, 2023
I am so fortunate to have many cousins who are special. I feel Darlene even stands out among all of them. Just always so kind and nice. She organized a card shower for my Mom on her 90th birthday. She enjoyed it so much.
Rest in Peace sweet Darlene....
Posted by Cari (Kappenman) Conden on March 2, 2023
Sending deepest sympathies to the Lauer family. Darlene was one of those Mom's we all learned from growing up in Mitchell. She was always involved in her community, working and raising 6 kids. WOW ! that was such a lesson of strength, dedication, and love. Did I mention with a perpetual smile and twinkle in her eye. One of my first memories of Darlene, was as a kid eating lunch at Barb's house. Darlene was making us sandwiches. I loved her fish tank and she was excited to show me the baby guppies hiding in the floating plants. :)
Thank you for Live Streaming the funeral Mass. It was a beautiful celebration for Darlene.
Posted by Blake Peters on March 2, 2023
Hello Dianne and Family, so sorry for you loss. Even though I didn't know Darlene personally, I think so can see by the messages out there that she made a difference in a lot of people's lives and she will certainly be missed.
Posted by Sarah Burnette on March 2, 2023
Thinking of you and your family, Dianne.
Posted by Delmar and Marlene Koch on March 1, 2023
Sending our sympathy to you John, and the whole family. May you find comfort in God's healing grace.
Posted by Joan Honomichl on March 1, 2023
My condolences John and family in the loss of a dear lady. Darlene was my mentor when I was a Cub Scout Den Leader, so helpful. You will be missed!
Posted by Aggie & JoeShields on March 1, 2023
Darlene was the queen of a wondeRful family. She will be long remembered.
Posted by Theresa Walsh Fink on March 1, 2023
Sorry for your loss. She was a kind, gentle, and fun-loving soul!
Posted by Eyal Matalon on March 1, 2023
Even in my brief moment of getting to meet Darlene in December I could sense her warmth, humor, and kindness. Much love to the entire Lauer family.
Posted by Cheryl & Dennis Kunkel on March 1, 2023
Thoughts and prayers to all of the families, Darlene reminds me of Adelene so much both were very thoughtful and sweet and very kind .
Posted by Rhonda Bamsey on February 28, 2023
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Darlene was one of the kindest, sweetest and most sincere people that I have had the privledge to meet.
Posted by Bonnie Weber on February 28, 2023
May you rest in peace Darlene
Will be missed by all
Posted by Sheila Letcher on February 28, 2023
She will not be replaced as was one of a kind. prayers to her family
Posted by Tim and Karen Harrington on February 28, 2023
Thoughts and prayers go out to John and family! Darlene was an amazing woman. May you all find comfort in knowing that Darlene is with our Lord and Savior!!!
Posted by Elwin Hohn on February 28, 2023
My deepest sympathy to the Lauer families. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow.
Posted by Ronald T Sullivan on February 27, 2023
Was informed after Mass that Darlene had passed away.I was with 2 of her Holy Spirit friends. One of them said that she is now in heaven in the 1st Row!! Loved that comment!
Posted by Marlene Schafer on February 27, 2023
I will miss our visits on the phone, at Yarn & Yak and whenever you ran into her she was always willing to visit. Such a kimf and thoughtful person. Such a strong person of faith.
Posted by Jane Berrigan on February 27, 2023
Rest in peace. You were loved by many and a beautiful role model to all who knew you.
Posted by Barbara Feilmeier on February 27, 2023
Sorry to hear this. Darlene was one of the most thoughtful, kind and sweet ladies I have known. Our Yak and Yarn group will miss her.
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