Darlene Myrna Kallias, 81, longtime Minot resident, died Monday, April 15, 2013, in Trinity Hospital in Minot with her family at her side.
Darlene was born Dec. 31, 1931, on the family farm near Palermo, the daughter of Arvid and Hulda (Halvorson) Johnson. She was raised on the family farm in Palermo Township of Mountrail County and educated at rural schools near her home. She moved with her family to Minot at the age of 11 and continued her education. She also helped at her mother's cafe over the next four years.
Darlene was united in marriage to John Kallias on May 8, 1949, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minot. After their marriage, Darlene helped in the raising of her brother and sister for a period of time. Darlene and John would make their home in Minot, where they purchased their first house and would raise their six children.
The family moved to Williston and lived there from May 1961 to September 1964. Due to a fire at John's employment with the GTA facility, the family would be returning to Minot. In the fall of 1964, ground breaking took place for a new business. They became the new owners of Magic City Hatchery in south Minot. Darlene managed all aspects of the business office plus working side by side with Johnny in the hatchery operation. They operated the business for 34 years until the sale of the hatchery in 1997. John passed away on Aug. 18, 2012.
Darlene was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, the Mother's Club and a former member of the Women of the Moose. She also was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins. She crocheted and embroidered many, many beautiful and colorful items over the years, giving many as gifts to her family. She liked to read, enjoyed traveling and spent many hours cooking and baking her specialties for her family. Darlene and John enjoyed gardening followed by mother's fall canning with her daughters.
Darlene's loving family includes: children, Larry (Debbie) Kallias, of Minot, Gary Kallias, of Phoenix, Vicky (Don) Davison, of Minot, and Cheryl Borstad, of Minot; sons-in-law, Gary Wunderlich, of Minot, Wayne Borstad, of Minot; grandchildren, Brett (Jodi Ziegelman) Kallias, Alyssa (Jason) Proper, Heather and Erica Wunderlich, Amy (Ralf) Glowna, Cory (Elisabeth) Davison, Stacy (Josh) Christner, Tyler Borstad, Andrea (Darryl) Cross; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley Zeller, of Roseville, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Jan Johnson, of Ulm, Mont., Leona Kallias, of Minot, Gloria Kallias, of Minot; stepsisters, Janice Brown, of Williston, Phyllis Fink, of Plentywood, Mont.; stepbrother, Steven (Corrine) Johnson, of Trenton; and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, John Allen Kallias, daughter, Kathy JoAnn Wunderlich; brothers, Eugene Johnson and Rick Johnson.
Celebration of Life service: Monday, April 22, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Sunday, April 21, from noon to 5 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials are preferred to Metigoshe Ministries, Bottineau, Bethany Lutheran Church, or Trinity Hospice, both Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).