Darlene Grace Edna MarjamaaDarlene Grace Edna Marjamaa, 73, of Laporte, MN, went home to see her savior on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 in Bemidji, MN.
She was born on June 6, 1939 in Gackle, ND, the sixth child of Emil and Edna (Bakkila) Koski. When Darlene was four years old, her family moved to rural Menahga, MN. Following graduation from Sebeka high school, she attended St. Cloud State University and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Health. She married Calvin Marjamaa in August of 1960. They moved to Minneapolis, where Darlene worked at the U of M while Cal finished his Civil Engineering degree. Darlene was a teacher when they lived in Winona, MN, where they started a family. They returned to the Twin Cities for a few years, then moved to East Grand Forks, MN in 1967, where Darlene stayed busy with her children, volunteer work and substitute teaching. She was very active at the YMCA and United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, where she was on the church board and helped found the United Day Care program. Darlene was a board member of the EGF Performing Arts Council, the Grand Forks Homes Board, American Association of University Women and other groups. In 2000, Darlene and Cal moved to their current location on Lake Kabekona, near Laporte, MN. She was involved with Kabekona Lake Association for several years and was active at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker. Inspired by her lifelong love of learning, Darlene and family enjoyed traveling the world and discovering new cultures. In 2009, Darlene overcame severe West Nile Virus, and relearned to walk again after months in a coma. She is admired by many for her courage.