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“I have never met such a loving,caring and awesome lady. Darlene has made me feel so wanted when i went in to see Frank and her, they have given me...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Jean Hesseling - Dubuque, IA

“Dear Uncle Frank and family, I learned about Darlene's passing from Katherine who learned it from Facebook. I am so sorry. I will remember her in my...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: June Sarte - Peachtree Corners, GA

“I am so saddened to hear about Darlene's passing. She was an amazing woman. God's Blessings to all of the family. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Dawn Johnson - McHenry, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, you were a wonderful Aunt and I have many good memories of you. ”
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Darlene J. Potter, age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:42 p.m., on Friday, April 7, 2017, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Darlene's life, funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m., on Monday, April 10, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Mark Dieter officiating. To celebrate Darlene's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Monday, April 10, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery, Zwingle, IA.

Darlene was born on March 22, 1929, in West Point, IA, daughter of Casper and Helen (Langhorst) Dieter.

Darlene was born in West Point and learned very early on, not only the responsibility and rewards of hard work, but also the joys and valuable life lessons which can only come from growing up on the family farm. She would eventually meet the love of her life, Frank Potter, and they would be united in marriage on September 22, 1948, at St. Mary's Church in Vinton, Iowa. Their union was blessed with 68 wonderful years together, and 5 beautiful children. Darlene spent her early years in the working world as a receptionist for Dr. Frey, but she would soon discover her true purpose in life and completely devote her energies to being the best wife, mother and grandmother the world has ever seen. The family would move to Dubuque where she would continually love and support her husband, instill copious amounts of love and guidance into her children, and in time develop her skills as the gentlest of grandmother's who would leave no doubt in the hearts and minds of those whom she loved that they were beyond precious to her. In her free time, Darlene had many joyful interests which would include everything from baiting a hook on the waters edge, to effortlessly twisting her crocheting needle, to creating magic at her sewing machine, and of course, a delightfully competitive game of cards with family and friends. Darlene has diligently, and purposely, left a legacy of love behind for those who knew and loved her to treasure for years and generations to come. Sadly, our hearts ache today with an unquenchable sorrow, but we know that Darlene's 88 years here were abundantly full, and that gratefully we will see her again one day, along with the rest of our family who've been called home already.

Those left to cherish Darlene's memory include

her loving husband,
Frank Potter, Dubuque, IA;

3 daughters,
Peggy (Dave) Schuster, Zwingle, IA,
Kathy (Ron) Arensdorf, Dubuque, IA
and Tracy (Dan) Laughlin, Andrew, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Barb (Mark Hogan) Stone-Potter, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Carrie (Randy) Gelh, Jennifer (Bill) Hellman, Dan (Stacy) Schuster, Brenda Burkart, Stacy Shares, Sean (Ashley Frederick) Laughlin, Cohl Laughlin, Brianna Laughlin, Josh (Dawn) Potter, Jay Potter and Matt Vogt;

and 14 great grandchildren.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Mary Ann Potter; a son, James Potter; 2 granddaughters, Melissa Schuster and Kristen Vogt; 2 grandsons, Scott Arensdorf and Jared Potter; a sister, Delores (George) Shultz; and a brother, Don (Colleen) Dieter.

A Darlene J. Potter memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Darlene's family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to Deb Arensdorf, Jessie Vossberg, along with the nurses and staff of Eagle Pointe Place, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the compassionate and loving care they provided to Darlene and her family.