Darlene “Dar” Sylvia Sleeper-Schreyer, age 78, passed away on the morning of September 4, 2020, at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana as a result of a heart attack the previous week.
Darlene Sylvia Dunford was born in Rochester, Minnesota on December 11, 1941 just four days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She was the sixth child of Floyd and Gertrude (Adams) Dunford.
When Dar was young, her family lived on the Mayo Wood property. Her dad was an employee of the Mayo’s. They grew up playing with the Mayo children and had many fond memories of the Mayo family.
When Darlene was 13, she met James Sleeper. They were married when she was 16. They had 4 children, Pam in 1958, Scott in 1959, Penny in 1962 and Kyle in 1967.
Jim and Darlene spent many years traveling, playing music and recording records. They divorced in 1972.
She married Thomas Schreyer in 1983. They enjoyed traveling and spending time with all the kids and grandkids from both sides.
Darlene’s hobbies included her love of sewing, her flower beds and feeding the birds. She especially loved cardinals. She doted on her kids, grandkids and great grandkids. She loved her family and loved their visits and calls. She loved to talk about Jesus and was looking forward to meeting him.
Darlene finished her life at Valley View Home, where she had many friends, especially Tamee Hall.
She is survived by her children, Pam (Bill) Marks of Glasgow, Scott (Julie) Sleeper of Coon Rapids MN, and Penny Sleeper of Glasgow; her sisters, Dede Marquardt, Bessie (Herb) Zimmer and Ginny (Dan) Winter of MN; and a brother Walt (Carol) Dunford of WI. She leaves behind 10 grandchildren, Joshua (Jodi) Marks, Kristi Marks (Rick), Adam (Tory) Marks, Sara (Nick) Augustin, Nick Anderson, Megan Bechel, Chris Bechel, John (Stephanie) Durfee, Tim Sleeper and Rachel Sleeper. She also leaves 9 great-grandchildren, Ariel Marks, Gabbie Marks, Jeremy Marks, Meranda Bechel, Jordan Bechel, Addie Durfee, Gwen Sleeper, Milo Marks, Olive Marks, Theo Marks and Indie Marks.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother George, her sister Donna, her youngest child, Kyle, and two brothers-in-law Marvin Marquardt and Victor Marquardt.
A funeral service for Darlene will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at the Bell Mortuary Chapel in Glasgow, Montana. A luncheon at Bell Mortuary will follow the service.