Darlene Messerschmidt

Darlene (Archer) Messerschmidt, age 84, of Missouri Valley, IA, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Longview Nursing Home. She was born on May 7, 1931 to William and Elsie (Lang) Archer in Emerson, Iowa. She was one of 18 children. She married Orville Messerschmidt on August 12, 1951 in Logan, Iowa. They farmed around Logan and Shelby Iowa. In 1966 they moved to Missouri Valley where they raised 10 children. Darlene was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She loved to dance, sing, cook, garden and canning, crochet, sew, and spend time with her family and friends. Darlene was preceded in death by her husband Orville Messerschmidt, daughter Karen Lenz, parents William Archer and Elsie (Lang) Archer, brothers Clarence, Kilbert, Frances and Cecil Archer, sisters Creola Crum, Erma Cox, Wilma Archer and Marjorie Mathe. Darlene is survived by sons Michael (Gala) Messerschmidt of Melrose, Florida and Paul Messerschmidt of Missouri Valley, Iowa, daughters Lena (Larry) Fustos of Omaha, Nebraska, Phyllis (Ken) Holst of Council Bluffs ,Iowa, Patty Geho of Omaha, Nebraska, Connie (Richard) Shaeffer of Missouri Valley Iowa, Peggy ( Jack White) Marasco of Missouri Valley, Iowa, Janice Hoden of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Georgia (Dan) Hurd of Omaha, Nebraska, 28 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 4 sisters, Evelyn Weigelt, Ocle Sadler, Faye Selk, and Wanda Kuhlman, 4 brothers, Adrian, Fredrick, Kenneth, and Dean Archer, and many other family members and friends. A prayer service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday with visitation to follow until 8:00 p.m. at Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa. The family would like to invite everyone to a time of lunch and fellowship to St. Paul’s Church after the committal service. Memorials can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Longview Nursing Home. In Loving Memory Of Darlene Messerschmidt Born May 7, 1931 Emerson, Iowa Entered Into Rest October 14, 2015 Missouri Valley, Iowa Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2015 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Missouri Valley, Iowa Officiating Pastor Stephen Pera Organist Carole Gorham Music Selections Janice Hoden Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus) Kimberly Lenz Robinson and Beth Erickson “Mom’s Poem” Allison Beacom “On Eagles Wings” Brooklynn Robinson “Amazing Grace” Congregation “How Great Thou Art” Casket Bearers Caleb Fustos Jason Messerschmidt Jason Lenz Josh Messerschmidt Terry Geho Renee Schroeder David Marasco Shawn Hoden Melissa Holst Austin Hurd Final Resting Place Rose Hill Cemetery Missouri Valley, Iowa

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