Darlene Janet Begich
07/12/1935 - 12/13/2020
Darlene Janet Begich, 85, died on December 13, 2020 in Virginia.
She was born July 12, 1935 to Finnish and Swedish immigrants Simbart and Fanny (Wirtanen) Mattson in Togo, MN. She attended elementary school in Togo and was a graduate of Alango High School. Following her graduation, she attended Valley City, ND and Black Hills Teacher’s College where she earned a certificate to teach in rural North Dakota schools. She taught grades 1– 3 in rural Mott, ND for 2 years. She moved to Virginia in 1956 and worked at the East Range Clinic. She retired in July 1999 with 42 years and 10 months of employment. In 1967 she was united in marriage to Louis Begich. They made their home in Virginia to this date.
Survivors include her brother, Ronald (Heidi Marie) Mattson of Paynesville, MN; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Deb Manninen.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; brothers, Rodney and Robert Mattson; sisters, Shirley Wirkkula and Marjory DeMillo; nieces, Vicki Wirkkula and Deise Patzer; and nephew, Louis DeMillo Jr.
At Darlene’s request, there will be no service. Inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.