The Free Press, Mankato, MN


August 2, 2013

Darlene D. Ristau-Walther

—   Darlene D. Ristau-Walther, age 82, of Janesville, died on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System - Janesville.

 Memorial services will be held on Monday, August 5th at 2:00 P.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Janesville with Rev. Dr. Larry Griffin, officiating. Interment will be in Woodville Cemetery, Waseca.

 Darlene's family will greet and visit with friends on Monday afternoon from 12:00 P.M. until the 2:00 P.M. service at church. Arnoldt-McRaith Funeral Home & Crematory of Janesville is handling arrangements.

 Darlene Dorothy was born on March 16, 1931, to Donald and Florence (Kratt) Remund in Morristown, Minnesota. She graduated in 1949 from Waseca Central High School. On October 8, 1949 she was united in marriage to Raymond "Bud" Ristau at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Waseca. After their marriage, Darlene and Bud lived and worked on the family farm in Iosco Township, Waseca County where they raised their family. She was a homemaker and farmwife until Bud's death in 1987. She was then employed by Waseca Schools as a baker and also worked at the Eagles Club in Waseca. On December 27, 1996 she was united in marriage to Curtis Walther at Trinity Lutheran Church in Janesville and then moved to Janesville. At that time, Darlene knew few people in Janesville and because Curt loved golfing, she decided that working at the Janesville Golf Course would keep her active and meet people in and around the community.  She worked there until 2012. She loved working on Thursday's when the senior men golfed and enjoyed baking for them. They looked forward to the treats she would make for them and often she returned home with empty pans! She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and playing Bridge and Euchre. Darlene loved spending time with her family and delighted in her grandchildren and great-children. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Janesville and a longtime member of the Waseca Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3753 Ladies Auxiliary.

 She is survived by her husband Curtis of Janesville; daughter, Vicki (Dennis) Neidt of Waseca; son, Richard Ristau and special friend Tracey Fenske of Janesville; grandchildren, Michael (Heidi) Neidt of Mankato, and Julie Neidt of Waseca; great grandchildren, Zoey and Alexander Neidt of Mankato; brother, Keith (Lauri) Remund of Waseca; step-children, step-grandchildren, and step-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

 Darlene was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Raymond "Bud" Ristau.

 For online condolences please visit


Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Erwin and Mertice Martin

      A Celebration of Life will be held for both Erwin and Mertice Martin on April 21, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Emerald Township, Blue Earth, MN.  Erwin died December 31, 2003 and Mertice died November 20, 2013.

    April 16, 2014

  • Evelyn Linde 041614 - O.JPG Lillian E. Mason-Busby

      Lillian E. Mason-Busby, 95, Mankato, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at Laurels Peak Rehabilitation Center.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Janette Faye LeRoss

      Janette Faye LeRoss, 58 of Le Sueur, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014 with her beloved children by her side.

    April 16, 2014

  • Evelyn S. Brauch

     Evelyn S. Brauch, 102, of Good Thunder, died on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Mapleton Community Home

    April 16, 2014

  • Mark Nelson 041614 - O.jpg Mark Olaf Nelson

      Mark Olaf Nelson, 61, son of Merle and MaryAnn (Dahle) Nelson, died Saturday, April 5, 2014 from complications of diabetes while away in Emmett, Idaho.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Raymond Ehlers 041514 - O.jpg Raymond G. Ehlers

      Raymond G. Ehlers, age 82, of Winnebago, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at St Lukes Care Center in Blue Earth.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Habel A Hiller 041514 - O.jpg Mabel A. Hiller

      Mabel A. Hiller, age 90, of Morristown died on April 12, 2014 at Oaklawn Health Care Center, Mankato.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • henry kewatt_0001.jpg Henry Kewatt

      Long time Cleveland resident Henry Kewatt died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Hillcrest Health Care in Mankato after battling with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy for 5 years.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gerrit Hoogenraad

      Gerrit Hoogenraad, 67 of Albert Lea, MN, died Saturday April 12, 2014 at St Johns Lutheran Home in Albert Lea, MN.

    April 15, 2014

  • Janette LeRoss 041514 - O.jpg Janette Faye LeRoss

      Janette Faye LeRoss, age 58 of Le Sueur, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014 with her beloved children by her side.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo