Darlene Marie Caflisch
Thursday, November 28, 1935
Date of Death:
Friday, January 25, 2019
83 years old
Darlene Marie Caflisch
Darlene (Lehnherr) Caflisch passed away on January 25th at The Waters of Mayowood where she was a resident in the memory care unit.
She is survived by her husband, George “Shorty”; and nine children, Peter (Donna), John (Lynn), Tim (Annette), Annie Quintano (Ray), Mona (Fred) Hoeft, Carol Quattlebaum, Sara Gaitan (Kent), Russ (Terry) and Phil. She leaves behind 22 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her mother, step-father and five siblings.
She was born in Rochester on November 28, 1935. She graduated from Lourdes High School and had a career at St. Marys Hospital for 25 years. She married Shorty on May 25, 1957 where together they made their home in rural Chatfield and later in SE Rochester.
Darlene took great pleasure in raising her children, particularly child number seven whom she favored, but would not publicly proclaim. Later in life, she grew into the role of the spunky (quotable) grandma, taking the next generation(s) swimming, hosting countless slumber parties, running carpool when need be, and teaching them to press flowers, paint, and properly frost a Christmas cookie. The rite of passage for every one-year-old grandchild was to have grandma put a pickle in their hand - she adored watching the faces they would make as they took a bite.
Upon retirement, she volunteered at the Rochester Medical Missions, Community Food Response, along with several elementary schools helping children learn to read.
Darlene was culinarily “gifted”; her special knack was stretching a pound of hamburger to feed 11 people and her peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches are the stuff of family legend.
She is remembered not as she was in her final days but as she had been, the Caflisch family matriarch, a master scrimper; talented sewer, quilter; supportive wife, mother and grandmother; showing unrelenting compassion for the less-fortunate; one tough cookie.
Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29th at Resurrection Catholic Church with Rev. Peter Schuster officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be held at a later date in St. Bridget’s Cemetery in Simpson, MN.
Memorials are suggested to Rochester Medical Missions. https://www.givemn.org/organization/Rochester-Medical-And-Relief-Mission-Group
The family of Darlene Marie Caflisch has received the following condolences.
Shorty, I don't remember, when I last cried so hard. Sheila told me Darlene passed away two weeks ago. I was shocked and saddened to hear this. She simply slipped through that curtain , we can't see into. I find comfort in knowing that the host of heaven is just though there with open arms. I love you both so very much. I can remember when we first met, at St. Marys central sterile supply. and our Christmas soups at Don and Sheila's. I swear that I 'll carry on that traditoin. I was by your home today I left a little something, for you, on the patio table. Let's get together soon. I 've got many pictures to give you and many tails to tell you. Love alwast Doug Gustafson 505 Ridge Road , Preston 55965
Shorty and his family, our deepest sympathy. God Bless you all.
My deepest condolences to the family. Darlene was always so kind to me and my side of the family. I still remember back in the day, when each year we all met in Rochester or Belle Fourche, to have a family reunion. Now that was a whole lot of Caflisch 's. Darlene will be missed very much by me, and I'll have all of you in my thoughts and prayers . God bless you all. Stephen J. Caflisch
I am thankful and blessed for the chance to know and spend time with Darlene! My heartfelt prayers for her family...a strong and loving family ???
Pete and Donna,
Many times I visited with your Mom in the halls of Saint Marys as she went about her work. When I look back that was a long time ago.
My thoughts and prayers.
So sorry to hear about Darlene, Shorty. Please know that we are praying for you and your family. We were planning on attending her memorial service, but Don has just spent a few days at St. Marys and our son is concerned about us being out in the sub-zero temperatures predicted for tomorrow. If we find someone who can take us, we may still try to make it, but if we can't we will certainly be thinking about you. Please accept our condolences, and we will hope to have some coffee together in the near future. Most kind regards, Don & Avonne Bakken
my condolences for the loss of a great Lady! Darlene will always be remembered as a talented, caring person with a great sense of humor.
We are very saddened of Darlene's passing. She was a very caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend. To know Darlene and Shorty was to feel like a member of the Caflisch family. She was very proud of her children and grandchildren and spoke of them with delight. One of our last of visits with her was going to the Dairy Queen on a beautiful summer evening. We had so much fun talking and laughing with her. Our last visit with her was announcing the news of our future grandson. She was so happy for us, as she loved children. Jim remembers talking to her about peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches and made one after hearing of her passing. Darlene was always smiling and gave much of her time generously helping others. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. The world is a better place because of Darlene. May her family find peace in the fond memories they have of her. God bless Darlene Caflisch.
Donna, Pete, Katie and Sara,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.
?? From Kansas
Pete, sorry for your loss.
Just missed seeing you many times when you were working at Mn energy resources building.
I retired, bless you and your family.
Dear Caflisch Family,
My condolences for the loss of a great lady of faith who I knew only the last few years of her life as I served beside her at the Mayo Warehouse volunteering to sort leftover items from Mayo for missions. She always had such a bright smile and happy personality and serving heart. She was very proud of each and every one of her family as she told me about them and she was especially proud of the fact that they, almost all? of them served in the military at some time in their life. She showed great interest in my son as he is serving in the Air Force and she asked me about him each week when he was going through some intense training and dangerous deployments. I believe she prayed for him, and she is now reaping the rewards of her many prayers. We missed her the last year or so when she could no longer serve there. Thanks for sharing her with us.
Blessings, Diane Witzig
Darlene will always hold a special place in my heart. We shared the love of fabric but mostly we shared the same affection of Lynn & her family. Darlene loved them without any conditions & it was easy for them to reciprocate to such a wonderful ‘Ma’.
Hold the good memories close to your hearts and we will all see each other on the other side; when it’s our turn.
No regrets. Stay strong. ? ?
Very sad to hear about Darlene's passing! She was a caring and compassionate lady especially to my mother! My sincere condolences to Shorty and family! So sorry I cannot be there but do know my prayers are with you! Jeff Huey
Our sympathy to the family and prayers for comfort and support. Peace and rest for a life well lived. Darlene was a good one. A great laugh and always a smile for me when we were together.