In memory of

Darlene Owens

January 10, 1930 - October 31, 2020
Darlene Owens

Darlene Owens

Born: January 10, 1930
Died: October 31, 2020
Age: 90
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Darlene Owens, age 90 of Sac City, IA, passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at Loring Hospital in Sac City, IA.
   Rose Darlene Janssen was born on January 10, 1930, in Carroll County, IA, to parents Andrew and Etta (Finley) Janssen, one of five children.  She was baptized in the Presbyterian Church in Auburn, IA, as an infant.  She attended country school in the Lake City area through the eighth grade and graduated from Lake City High School with the Class of 1947.  Darlene then attended Drake University in Des Moines, IA, where she obtained her BA in teaching, graduating in 1959.
   On April 8, 1967, Darlene married Lineol "Bud" Owens at the Presbyterian Church in Auburn, IA.  She and Bud were members of the First Presbyterian Church in Sac City, where she was an active member. 
   Darlene started her teaching career by teaching in country schools in both Sac County and Calhoun County.  She would then teach at the Lake City Elementary School and finally was a sixth-grade teacher in the Sac City Elementary School until she retired in 1991.  Darlene loved reading a good book.  She also enjoyed sewing and hand-making rugs in her spare time.  Darlene did all of her yard work and mowing up until not that many years ago when she was no longer able to physically.  She loved being outside and gardening.  She will certainly be missed dearly by all those who knew and loved her.
   Darlene leaves behind her brother Duane (Elaine) Janssen of South English, IA; sister Jean (Warren) Kruse of Afton, IA; step children: Lance Owens of Irving, IL, Debra (Ronald) Petefish of Ashland, IL, and Cayla Owens of Hillsboro, IL; step grandchildren: Raya (James) Bogard, Shana (Doug) McClure, Dallas Petefish, and Lacey (Jeremy) Gifford; step great-grandchildren: Addyson McClure and Easton Bogard; sister-in-law Noreen Janssen; many special nieces, nephews, other extended family members and friends.
   She was preceded in death by her husband Bud Owens; parents Andrew and Etta Janssen; brother Donald Janssen and sister-in-law Lorraine Janssen; brother Dale Janssen and sister-in-law Irene Janssen; brother-in-law Roger (Sonya) Owens; nephews Steve Janssen and Rickie Janssen; and niece Staci Stone.
Prayer Service
11:00 a.m., Friday
November 6, 2020
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Reverend Missy Brown
10:30 a.m., Friday
November 6, 2020
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Oak Lawn Cemetery
Auburn, Iowa


Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 9:56 PM
“My condolences to the family. Mrs. Owens was my sixth grade teacher, and I have fond memories of her. She supported me with her encouragement and determination. She was a great lady.”
- Jennifer Roose
Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 12:50 PM
“My deepest sympathies to Mrs. Owens' family. She was my sixth grade teacher in the chicken hatchery when the new elementary school building was being built in Sac. She always had a great sense of humor and put up with a lot of shenanigans that year! In the spring, she brought in an incubator and we raised baby chicks! She had a large impact on my life and was one of inspirations of me becoming an educator myself! May she rest in peace. ”
- Allison Strain
Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:20 AM
“Darlene was my first cousin and our families enjoyed many good times growing up. In 1971 when we moved to Sac City she was Dave and Barbs teacher as they went through sixth grade. I loved her quick wit and was always fun to be around.”
- Marilyn Winkel
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 8:53 PM
“I have so many great memories of Darlene. She was my 6th grade teacher and I had to start school that year on crutches. She couldn't have been better. She also taught my dad at the country school. Later in life she came to my parent's 50th wedding anniversary party as well as coming to both their funerals. I'll never forget her kindness .”
- Suzanne Johnson
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 9:27 AM
“Mrs. Owens was my sixth grade teacher. I still remember how she would read chapter books to us during recess if we couldn't go outside. We would always beg her to read another chapter when recess was over. She usually did. When I started reading chapter books to my boys, I often thought of her. Small acts of kindness can have a huge impact on students. A great lady. But don't mess with her, by the way. Class of 1980 RULES.”
- Teri Sosalla
Monday, November 2, 2020 at 12:48 PM
“Darlene was my roommate when I began teaching business classes in Sac City in 1991 and we roomed together until I married my husband Dave. We remained good friends over the years and we would get together for lunch with other friends from the Sac City School System when I visited Iowa. She was a great friend always!
- Nadine Kelly
Monday, November 2, 2020 at 12:47 PM
“We are so very sorry for your loss. Darlene will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family.”
- Charles and Jennifer Swetland
Monday, November 2, 2020 at 12:47 PM
“My condolences to the family and close friends. Darlene was a great lady and teacher. ”
- George Bartlett
Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 3:38 PM
“My sympathy to Darlene's family ~ she was a dedicated member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary teacher's sorority, for many, many years. I will miss her kind, down-to-earth conversations about teaching and other worldly issues.”
- Diane Schulte
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