In Memory of Darlene Ann Lansink

Darlene  Ann Lansink
Darlene Ann Lansink
Born: May 8, 1941
Died: September 16, 2020
Age: 79
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Darlene Ann Lansink
May 8, 1941 - September 16, 2020
From: Ida Grove, IA

Darlene Ann Lansink, age 79, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center of Storm Lake, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 3, 2020, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 2, 2020, with a Rosary Service 6:45 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are encouraged and social distancing rules apply. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

Darlene Ann (Gralapp) Lansink was the first-born child of Leslie and Lucy (Rolfes) Gralapp, born May 8, 1941, in LeMars, Iowa, where she was raised on a farm with her five siblings. She attended Gehlen Catholic School, graduating in 1959 at the top of her class. After high school, Darlene studied bookkeeping and started her career at Knoepfler Chevrolet in Sioux City.

On February 27, 1965, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in LeMars, Darlene married Donald “Don” Francis Lansink. Don, a widower with two young boys, and Darlene started their home in Battle Creek, Iowa, settling onto their own farm southeast of town where they raised their 11 children, ran the farm, and operated Lansink Body Shop together for 40 years. Don and Darlene retired into a new home in Ida Grove, designed by Darlene and built by their son Correy in 2010.

Darlene’s greatest joy was her devotion to the Catholic Church, first as a student where she won a statewide Latin competition and throughout her adult life as a dedicated member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ida Grove where she served on the Altar Society providing logistical support for CCD, funerals, fundraising, and special events and ceremonies. She volunteered bookkeeping services to Don’s Knights of Columbus Council in Danbury, Iowa for many years.

She was an ardent supporter of those who serve in our military. Darlene was very proud of her sons, Jerome and Gerard, who had served, and her son, Mickey, who continues to serve and is currently deployed to the Middle East. She contributed to military and veteran causes in every way she could – from care packages to quilts – and through her active membership in the Battle Creek American Legion Auxiliary.

Darlene’s positive spirit expressed itself in many ways: in her joy for gardening, playing word games with her children, and her love of college sports. She was a passionate fan of both Iowa State and Iowa and only when they played each other did she pick sides. With eight of her children attending Iowa State, you can guess who won out. Her appreciation of nature’s beauty was beyond measure; she thoroughly enjoyed scenic drives, from Iowa’s country roads to fulfilling her dream of traveling the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. She regrets that she was unable to visit her mother’s birthplace in Germany.

She closely followed all the milestones and happenings of her children, grandchildren, large extended family, church community, and groups of friends. Her many years of care and kindness will be dearly missed.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Lucy; son Steven Lansink; sister Diana Gralapp; brothers and sisters-in-law Nancy Gralapp, Billy Lansink, Diane Lansink, Salvador Murdocco, Judy Lansink; and mother and father-in-law, Will and Margaret Lansink.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 55 years, Don Lansink, of Ida Grove, IA; her children Vincent (Sheila) Lansink of Rimrock, AZ, Robert (Teresa) Lansink of Houston, TX, Therese (Michael) Tierney of Southlake, TX, Nancee Lansink of Denver, CO, Jerome Lansink of Oxford, IA, Gerard Lansink of Newburgh, IN, Kathryn (Chuck) Dunleavy of Salida, CO, Correy (Jennifer) Lansink of Johnston, IA, Mickey (Heather) Lansink of Norwalk, IA, and Bridgett Lansink of Chicago, IL; 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; siblings Don (Judy) Gralapp of West Bend, IA, Dennis (Sara) Gralapp of Remsen, IA, Evon Gralapp of Marcus, IA, and Eta (Jim) Chapman of Albia, IA; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to: American Legion Auxiliary, Attn:  Doris Jones, 400 Iowa St. Apt. 30, Ida Grove, IA 51445 or Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 804 N. Main St., Ida Grove, Iowa 51445.



10:30 a.m., Saturday,
October 3, 2020
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Father Richard D. Ball


Vincent Lansink
Robert Lansink
Jerome Lansink
Gerard Lansink
Correy Lansink
Mickey Lansink


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday,
October 2, 2020
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa

Rosary Service at 6:45 p.m.
Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.


"Amazing Grace"
"Battle Hymn of the Republic"
"On Eagle's Wings"
"How Great Thou Art"


Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 2:09 PM
“To the Lansink Family; We are sorry to hear about Darlene's passing. She was so nice with her letters asking about everyone. Darlene will be missed. Our condolences to all, Gerry Niehus Family”
- Gerry Niehus
Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 2:09 PM
“My brothers and sisters and I were sad to hear of Darlene's passing. I remember gatherings at their house--lots of kids to play with! Darlene was an amazing cook and canned so many foods. She was a hard worker and very frugal. She had an amazing memory and work ethic and love for the Lord. Our deepest sympathies to the Don and the Lansink family. May Darlene rest in peace.”
- Margaret H Spikes
Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 9:05 AM
“I am so very sorry to hear of Darlene's passing. We were classmates from the first grade at St. Joes in Lemars and through high school at Gehlen. We graduated together in 1959. I remember her as a very nice person. Sorry we never saw each other again. My deepest sympathy to her family. Sending love to all.”
- Sue Halter Knerl
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 9:55 AM
“So sorry to hear about Darlene. She was such a wonderful lady and such a character. She was so committed to her family and her faith. How awesome.”
- Cathy Ferguson Ballard
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“Sending sympathy to the entire Lansink family. She will be missed by many.”
- Jim and Ann Holst
Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 11:40 AM
“Our sincere sympathy to Bob and the Lansing family on your loss. ”
- Deb & Kirk Russell
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 12:35 PM
“I am sorry to hear of your loss, but I know, you are celebrating the joy your mom is feeling going home to her Lord that she loved and served so much. Your mom always amazed me and I so looked forward to her Christmas letter every year so I could catch up on the comings and goings of the family and friends she loved so much. May we each carry a bit of Darlene with us, her love of learning, of giving to others and serving God.
- Laurie Olk
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 8:57 PM
“Our sympathy to Jerome and Lansink family.
Eternal rest grant her O’Lord and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest In peace. ”
- Paul and Becky Kaefring
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 8:57 PM
“Lansinks - So sorry for your loss. Darlene was such an encourager and amazing woman/mother. My dad would refer to her as a Gold Star momma for your big family and help with BC enrollment. She was a smart woman and passed those genes on to her children, the school curve breakers. I have so many wonderful memories of your family.

- Don Ortman
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 9:48 AM
“I didn't know Darlene very well but I do know how proud she was of her family. Deepest sympathies to the entire Lansink family.”
- Kathy Gehrng
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 9:13 AM
“Our Sympathy to Darlene's family and friends R I P Darlene ”
- Wayne and Ina Mae Bliesmann
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 9:13 AM
“So sorry to hear about Darlene's passing, She was a really nice lady. I road the SRT bus with her. She will be missed. Thoughts and prayers, with you all.
- Rose M Schuldt
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 9:13 AM
“Such a wonderful neighbor & friend! We traded babysitting duties, swimming lessons, etc. She always had a great smile for people & a great outlook on life. I will always remember her!”
- Mary Jo Watson
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 9:13 AM
“My sympathy to Don and his family. She served the Lord well in many ways and was a very hard worker for her family, church and community. She will be missed. May you find comfort in your faith.”
- Margaret
Friday, September 18, 2020 at 3:19 PM
“Kathryn and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Darlene's passing. Thinking of you. I always loved a sleepover at the Lansink house. Hugs to all! Michelle Hagge”
- Michelle Hagge
Friday, September 18, 2020 at 9:03 AM
“Don and the Lansink clan. I am so sorry to hear of Darlene's passing. She is with God and all the Angels in heaven. You have my deepest sympathy.”
- Byron Hartwig
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