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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.

4 thoughts on “Darlene Janet Begich”

  1. Timothy DeMillo says:

    My Aunty Dolly was the kindest, positive and jolly person in our family of families. I’ll miss you forever Aunty!

  2. Mark and Holly DeMillo says:

    Our loss is Heaven’s gain. You now have more company and room than you could ever imagine. I know it made you uncomfortable to hear it but, I love you Aunty.

  3. Jim Vitali says:

    Inside of a week I have lost two friends. Willard Aho and now Darlene. Both of them worked with me at the East Range Clinic. So, during the ten years I was there, I saw them daily. Both were very instrumental in making this medical provider a well-known and admired institution on the Range. Darlene knew her responsibilities well and we could count on her to be on top of everything. May she Rest in Eternal Peace and may Perpetual light shine on her, her husband and Willard.

  4. Dave Klander says:

    Sorry to have learned about Darlene’s passing. We haven’t crossed paths since she retired. She was unbelievably efficient in her position at East Range Clinic.We marveled on how well she could keep track of everything while she was there. Marveled even more how it took many to do her job when she left.She was always fun to talk to when I stopped in her office. God bless you.

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