Darlene D. Jorth
Darlene D. Jorth, 87, a longtime resident of Joice and Mason City, most recently a resident at Forest Plaza Assisted Living, Forest City, passed away Monday, June 15, 2020 at the Hancock County Memorial Hospital, Britt, Iowa, under the care of MercyOne Hospice of North Iowa. A private family service is being planned for Darlene with Pastor Bill Peters officiating. Her family will gather for burial in Concordia Cemetery, rural Joice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Foodbank of Iowa, P.O. Box 1517, Des Moines, Iowa 50305, https://give.foodbankiowa.org/ge/donate; or to the KC Club, Bethany Lutheran Church, 201 Franke Street, Joice, Iowa 50446 and note “KC Night.”
Darlene Doris (Marchand) Jorth, the daughter of John and Edna (Powers) Marchand, was born Feb. 6, 1933 in Milford, the 11th of 12 children. She graduated from Milford High School.
Darlene was married to Allan Jorth, March 16, 1952 in Milford, and the couple had four children. Job opportunities caused the family to move a few times, but Iowa has always been home. Darlene and Allan’s marriage eventually dissolved, but the family was created has been a blessing. She was so proud of each generation: her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Living in Joice, Darlene always managed to keep busy, especially after her retirement from Larson Manufacturing in 1995. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and baking. Kringla was one of her specialties, and she was truly happy when she was able to share food with the people she loved. She was invaluable at Bethany Lutheran Church, where she faithfully served in a variety of ways with her church community.
In 2010, Darlene made a bold move, sold her home and moved to an apartment in Mason City. She took the change in stride and soon became the “floor mother” to the tenants in her building. And when the time came to accept more help, Darlene moved in to Forest Plaza Assisted Living, Forest City. Once again, she handled the transition with grace and ease.
She considered her family her greatest blessing.
Darlene is survived by her four children: Debbie (Randy) Schulze, Forest City; Bob Jorth, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Randy (Cindy) Jorth, Lake Mills; and Terri Inouye, Waterloo; six grandchildren: Peter (Holly) Jorth, Los Angeles, Calif.; Sylvia Jorth, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Jeff (Kari) Jorthm, Elkhorn, Neb.; Brent (Amanda) Jorth, Rock Rapids; Derek (Ali) Thompson, Decorah; and Erin (Nathan) Hall, Ames; and seven great-grandchildren: Jaxson and Carter Jorth; Lillian and Bennett Jorth; and Sydney, Elena and Drew Thompson; one sister, Mary Ann Christensen, Milford; a sister-in-law, Dee Marchand, Emmetsburg; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and 10 siblings.