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Obituary for Darlene K. Stegen


Darlene K. Stegen, 78, of Genoa and Stoddard beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend passed away on February 29, 2020 in La Crosse at her daughter’s home. Darlene was surrounded by love at the time of her death, just days after celebrating her 78th birthday with family and friends. Darlene was born to Arnold and Beatrice Krause (Lamke) in La Crosse and baptized at St. Thomas Moore. She attended Catholic schools and Aquinas High School in La Crosse. She married the love of her life, La Verne Stegen on May 9, 1959. In the early years of their marriage, they lived in Iowa before returning to build a home along the Mississippi River in the Town of Bergen, Vernon County. In addition to raising 4 high-spirited children and countless animals, they owned and operated A-1 Sanitary Service for over 30 years. After 47 years of marriage, La Verne passed away, but not before the two had a chance to enjoy semi-retirement in Phoenix, Arizona and trips to Las Vegas. Darlene is survived by her son Richard (Paula Leum) Stegen of Coon Valley; daughters Jo Ann (Kevin) Kuester of Genoa and Debra (Jeff) Howe of La Crosse; daughter-in-law Diane McKenna of Green Bay; grandchildren TJ (Nicole), Amanda, Tiffany (Jason), Shane, and Jaden; great-grandchildren Brody, Danielle, Kinley, Cole, Kendelyn, Elidey, and Brennan. Brother Mike Krause; sister-in-law Doris (Duane) Triplett; brother-in-laws Sherman (Joan) Stegen and Jerry Kendhammer and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Darlene is further survived by close friends, too numerous to name anyone would be unfair because she loved her friends dearly. In addition to La Verne, Darlene was preceded in death by her son Ronald in 1986, who left a hole in the hearts of many. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and parents-in-laws Ina and Arnold Stegen; brother Bobby Krause, sister-in-laws La Vaine Dugan, Christine Krause, and Valerie Kendhammer; brother-in-law Dale Stegen and beloved grandson Shayne Martell. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Mother Mary of the Church, 2006 Weston Street, La Crosse. Father Brian Konopa will be the celebrant. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 11 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Woodruff Chapel, 4239 Mormon Coulee Road, La Crosse. Visitation will continue on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. until the Mass at the church. The family would like to acknowledge the support of Gundersen Hospice and clinic and hospital staff; coworkers at UW-La Crosse, Walmart, and WisDOT; and are especially grateful to those who provided direct care and support Molly, Terry, Jan, Shane, Patti, Kora, Theresa, and Diana. “Go now into the eternal life you so deserve to be with those who you have loved and hold dear. We will miss your laughter, sense of humor, and long conversations. You’ve hit your final 7-7-7 jackpot”