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21 S. Austin Road
Janesville, WI 53548
Phone: (608) 752-2444
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Darlene Oldenburg

Darlene J. Oldenburg (Fulton)

Monday, November 26th, 1934 - Thursday, January 24th, 2019
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Darlene J. Oldenburg, age 84, of Janesville, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Friday, January 24, 2019, after a massive heart attack. Darlene was born November 26, 1934 in Chicago to the late Gladys Stevens and Walter Fulton. She was raised by her mother and beloved step-father, Harry Sanborn.
On April 24, 1954, she was married to Walter Oldenburg.
Along with her twinkly hazel eyes, infectious laugh and smile, “blonded hair” as she used to put it, and youthful disposition, Darlene always seemed decades younger than she actually was. She loved dancing with her friends, and did so right up to her last few months. She was warm, had a good sense of humor, and occasionally displayed a streak of mischievousness (she redefined the word “unique”). She was always thinking of others, whether celebrating birthdays or Christmas, visiting people in the hospital, or inviting folks over to chat (this is what she valued most: people’s time). She always bragged about her sons, daughter, grandkids and great grandkids, and many times said she had obtained her greatest desire in life: raising four healthy children. She was an excellent cook, a circus clown at one time, a secretary, and much more; but most of all, she was a loving mom and grandmother. She is now home with her Savior, Jesus Christ, whom she and her friend, Rosie, began worshipping in Beloit as teenagers. Scripture says that everyone will know you are a disciple by how you love one another (John 13:35). Darlene Oldenburg was surely love incarnate.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Thomas) Alwin-Popp; by her 3 sons, Bryan Oldenburg, Daniel (Joan) Oldenburg, and Matthew (Barbra) Oldenburg; her 7 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren, whom she adored to the end. Besides her parents and step-father, she was preceded in death by 3 sons who died in infancy.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, 612 N. Randall Ave., with Rev. James Johnson officiating. Memorial visitation will take place from 1:00 until 2:00 P.M. on Saturday at the CHURCH.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    First Lutheran Church
    610 N. Randall Ave.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53546
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 2:00pm
    First Lutheran Church
    610 N. Randall Ave.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53546
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Jim Johnson
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    First Lutheran Church
    610 N. Randall Ave.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53546
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Marcia (Gower) Woelfel

Posted at 08:42pm
Sending along our deepest sympathies and prayers of comfort on the passing of your Mom. You don't know me, however, my brother, Gordy Gower, was a classmate of your Mom's and used to hang out at our house when they were growing up. I noticed the picture of your Mom, Lori Katte and her daughter. I joined them for lunch a couple of years ago in Janesville at the Park City Restaurant (?)...your mom asked to come to our house and see "the hill" again and take a picture. How special was that time spent together. So glad that we fulfilled your Mom's wish. May the memories you all shared together sustain you in the days ahead.

Nancy Oldenburg Boehler & Diane Oldenburg Sutton

Posted at 01:48pm
Our memories of Aunt Darlene will be her wonderful laugh, positive attitude, her kindness towards us and the pin curls in our hair she always did when we stayed with her as little girls. May her joy continue as she dances with her Savior in heaven.
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Posted at 01:00pm
May you know God's peace and love as you remember your Mom this day and she continues her life dancing with Jesus. Nancy & Diane Oldenburg
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Posted at 11:29am
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Marilyn Shockley

Posted at 10:41am
We offer sincere sympathies to all of Darlene's family and friends. As old school mates we enjoyed her happy attitude and friendly
conversations. Recent years we enjoyed visiting with her and watching her have a good time dancing at a local establishment. She was never at a loss for friends. God be with all who will miss her..... til we meet again.
Marilyn and Ken Shockley

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