Darlene Ann Bechtold, 78, St. Joseph

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Darlene Ann Bechtold, 78

St. Joseph

Jan. 3, 1940-Feb. 5, 2018

Darlene Ann Bechtold, 78, of St. Joseph died Feb. 5 at St. Cloud Hospital as a result of a traumatic stroke suffered on Sunday. Her funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 12 W. Minnesota St., St. Joseph. The Rev. Jerome Tupa, OSB, will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call on Friday between 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday after 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Heritage Hall in St. Joseph.

Bechtold was very active in her church and school. She loved children, but will always be remembered for her love of her husband and her family.

Bechtold was born Jan. 3, 1940, to Peter and Agnes (Zimmer) Kosel. She married Herbert Bechtold on May 7, 1960, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph. Darlene lived in St. Joseph most of her life where she provided day-care services for 28 years for many children. Grandma Darlene was a foster grandparent at Kennedy School for 12 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and senior citizens. Darlene was a member of St. Joseph TOPS for 33 years.

Survivors include the following: her husband Herb; children, Brian Bechtold (Kirsten) Sartell; Bruce Bechtold (Pat) St. Joseph; Bradley Bechtold (Jane) Sauk Rapids; daughter-in-law Nicole Bechtold, Holdingford; grandchildren, Brianna (Al Flannigan), Spencer, Tanner (Kia Grindland), Samuel (Carrie), Mary (Blake Bellefeuille), Ted, Kate, Kelly, Amy Gans (John); great-grandchild Cameron; sister, Karen Schloemer, Baxter; and brother, Kevin Kosel, St. Joseph.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Brent Bechtold on Aug. 16, 2017, sister and in-laws Kathy Seifert and Al Seifert, and Gerald Schloemer.

Memorials are preferred.

The family would like to thank the employees at “The Club,” St. Joseph Rescue Squad, Gold Cross Ambulance and the staff at St. Cloud Hospital for the care given to Darlene. Also, the family appreciates her special friends at the St. Joseph Police Department.

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