Darlene E. Bauske, Fargo passed away Sunday, September 2, 2012 at her home under the care of her loving family and Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Darlene Ethlyn Ann Schultz was born in 1943 in Lisbon, North Dakota, to Hans and Esther Schultz. Darlene was the youngest of four children, joining brother Virgil, and sisters Janice and Virgie. Darlene attended school in Sheldon, North Dakota, until she moved to Fargo in the 5th grade, following the death of her father. Darlene graduated from Fargo Central High School. While she was still in high school, she worked at the Ritz Café as a waitress, and met a particularly good looking young man, her future husband, Don Bauske.

After High School, Darlene attended Interstate Business College, and obtained her certificate in Accounting. Darlene married Don Bauske in 1963 at Olivet Lutheran Church in Fargo. Darlene and Don welcomed two children into their lives, Raymond and LaDonna.

Darlene worked at St. John’s Hospital, Fargo Paper Company, and then for many years at Dakota Hospital (later Merticare) in the billing department. Shortly before she retired, Darlene successfully fought breast cancer; however, as a result of the battle, was later diagnosed with Leukemia, which she fought valiantly and with grace. Darlene was a blessing as a sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend, and leaves a legacy of kindness, hard work, self reliance and optimism for better things to come.

Darlene was preceded in death by her father, mother, and sister, Virgie. Darlene is survived by her husband, Donald Bauske; son, Raymond (wife Connie Cleveland); daughter, LaDonna Wilm (husband, Terry Wilm); grandchildren, Mitch Bauske, Claire Bauske, Matt Bauske, Nicholas Wilm, Nathan Wilm, and Lucas Wilm; sister, Janice Gustafson; and brother, Virgil Schultz, all of Fargo.

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  1. Fargo ND
    I was so sorry to read the passing of Darlene.

    I read the obituary after the memorial service and we feel badly that we did not attend.

    She was a fun lady and what a smile.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    Shirley & Jim Kondelis

  2. Fargo ND
    Don and Family,

    We are so saddened to hear of Darlene’s passing. Our families had some good times together.

    It is so difficult to say goodbye to someone we love and hold so dear and if it were up to us, we would always keep them here with us but God has reasons of His own. Right now, your arms are empty, and your hearts are filled with tears and grief, for those of you who shared your days with Darlene are now finding those days too brief. Yet if only we could heaven see, you know she’s happy there. So trust her to God’s care and know that some day again you will hold her to your hearts when you reach Heaven’s shore.

    You have our love, our prayers and our deepest sympathies. Darlene will be greatly missed by her family and friends. May beautiful memories sustain you and may God be with you to help and guide all of you through this difficult time and in the days to come. God bless you and know that we are thinking of you here in Lake Havasu, AZ

    When tomorrow starts without me
    And I’m not there to see,
    If the sun should rise and find your eyes
    All filled with tears for me
    I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
    The way you did today,
    While thinking of the many things,
    We didn’t get to say.

    I know how much you love me,
    As much as I love you,
    And each time that you think of me,
    I know you’ll miss me too

    But when tomorrow starts without me,
    Please try to understand,
    That an angel came and called my name,
    And took me by the hand,
    And said my place was ready,
    In heaven far above,
    And that I’d have to leave behind
    All those I dearly love.

    But as I turned to walk away,
    A tear fell from my eye
    For all my life, I’d always thought,
    I didn’t want to die.
    I had so much to live for,
    so much left yet to do.
    It seemed almost impossible,
    that I was leaving you.

    I thought of all the yesterdays,
    The good ones and the bad,
    I thought of all the love we shared,
    And all the fun we had.
    If I could relive yesterday,
    Just even for a while,
    I’d say good-bye and kiss you
    And maybe see you smile.

    But then I fully realized,
    That this could never be,
    For emptiness and memories,
    Would take the place of me.
    And when I thought of worldly things
    I might miss come tomorrow,
    I thought of you, and when I did,
    My heart was filled with sorrow.

    But when I walked through heaven’s gates,
    I felt so much at home.
    When God looked down and smiled at me,
    From His great golden throne,
    He said, “This is eternity,
    And all I’ve promised you.”
    Today your life on earth is past,
    But here life starts anew.
    I promise no tomorrow,
    But today will always last,
    And since each day’s the same way
    There’s no longing for the past.

    You have been so faithful,
    So trusting and so true.
    Though there were times
    You did some things
    You knew you shouldn’t do.
    But you have been forgiven
    And now at last you’re free.
    So won’t you come and take my hand
    And share my life with me.

    So when tomorrow starts without me,
    Don’t think we’re far apart,
    For every time you think of me,
    I’m right here, in your heart.

    Author Unknown

  3. Ray & Connie & grankids,

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Mom’s are so very hard to lose! Hope your great and fun memories will eventually take away some of the sadness.

    Thinking of you & sending prayers,

    Char B

  4. Barnesville MN
    I knew Darlene from working at Dakota Hospital I worked in the Medical Records Department and we worked closely with the billers. She always had a great attitude, a friendly greeting and smile, and a sense of humor. She was truly a pleasure to work with. My deepest sympathies to Don and her family.

  5. Family of Dar—
    I worked several years with Dar at MeritCare. She was an inspiration to all of us!! We had many great times together at work and other outings.
    My prayers and thoughts go out to her entire family. She had such a kind heart and was a beautiful lady in all aspects.
    I will miss her greatly.

  6. Edmore ND
    Don and Family,
    I met Dar while working with her at Dakota. She was my mom away from mom. I am so sorry for your loss. Her laugh will be missed greatly and we will miss a very special person.

    Karla (Miller) Mack

  7. fargo ndDar will be remembered as a special lady with a gentle spirit. She always had a smile and quiet nature.
    She was my dogs “Grammy Dar”.
    I will miss her as I’m sure many others will too.

  8. Fargo ND
    I worked with Darlene at Dakota Hospital and remember her as kind and caring with a warm smile. My sympathy to all her family.

  9. Fargo ND
    Don and family, Dar and I became great friends while working together at Dakota Hospital in the business office. We both filed the same insurances so we sat side by side for many, many years. We shared lots of laughter and tears and many other good times and sad times. Dar never forgot a friend. We were the kind of friends that could connect any time and it felt like it had NOT been months and months since we last saw each other. She was a genuine, loving, caring person whose family always came first. I loved Dar and will keep her close to my heart forever. May God bless you all at this difficult time.

  10. Fargo ND
    Ray and Connie,
    We are so sorry to hear about Darlene’s death. There is nothing we can say to make your pain go away. And you’re right, Darlene has left a beautiful legacy. And let us include her children and grandchildren who were taught honest, integrity and have heart of gold! It was a previlege to know Darlene and we’ll miss her smiles!
    With love and
    Larry & Patty Olson

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