Darlene R. Spizale, age 91, of Crystal MN passed away peacefully March 25, 2015. She was born on Nov. 15, 1923 to Bernard Richard & Elizabeth Blanche (Hall) Briske in Lamberton, MN, and had an older sister Beatrice, and a brother Bernard. Darlene is joyfully reunited with her parents and siblings; her husband of 71 years, Jack B. Spizale, who passed away in Oct. 2014; and her first child, Jack C. Spizale, who passed away in May 2012.
She is survived by her children Judy Hall, Jim Spizale (Jeri), Jeff Spizale (Annie), Jon Spizale, Jerry Spizale (Stephanie), Jeanne Spizale; her grandchildren, Kim Maguire (Jim), Dan Costello, Chris Spizale (Tara), Annie Spizale, Burke Spizale, Libby Spizale, Cormac Spizale, Morgan Wells (Tonya), Mandy Wells, Ruby Spizale (fiancé Jake Huber), Jeremiah Spizale; and her great-grandchildren Mackenzie and Michael Maguire, Emily Spizale Huber.
Darlene was a great beauty, and was a cheerleader known as “Blondie” at Walnut Grove High School in Walnut Grove, MN. A favorite pastime was riding her horse, Beauty, on the banks of Plum Creek. After graduation, she went to the Minneapolis Business College and met Jack at a dance in Minneapolis. They were married June 1, 1943 in Long Island, N.Y. where Jack was stationed in the Coast Guard during WWII. After returning to Minneapolis they settled in Crystal MN to raise their growing family.
Darlene had a green thumb and loved planting her flower garden every year, and filling her home and sun porch with orchids and house plants. She also enjoyed baking, swimming, painting watercolors, reading novels, and spending time with family and many friends. She loved her cats, especially Siamese, and had many pets over the years. She was a very loving, sweet, supportive and nurturing Mother, Grandmother and wife who always had a positive outlook and looked for the bright side of any situation, even in her final days. She was dearly loved by all.
Darlene’s family gives special thanks to the wonderful caregivers from Hospice and Northridge Nursing Home.
Celebration of Life services will be held on Monday April 13, 11:00 AM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home 7300 42 Avenue North New Hope, MN. Visitation 1 hour prior to service only. Memorials can be donated to North Memorial Hospice in Darlene's name.
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