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Darlene Claire Dayton

February 22, 2021 | 12 comments

Darlene Claire Dayton, 78, of La Crosse, WI, passed away on February 21, 2021.

She was born on December 29, 1942 to Dallas and Corinne Olson. She married Robert Dayton on August 22, 1970 at English Lutheran Church in La Crosse, WI.

Darlene was an active member of English Lutheran Church and spent many years teaching the 2 year old Sunday School class. She was also an active member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 52, serving as treasurer and scholarship chair until the time of her illness.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; daughter, Susan (Brian) Schall; son, Michael Dayton, and granddaughter, Raven Dayton. She is also survived by her aunt Shirley (Bud) Rogge and many cousins who were like siblings.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Dallas and Corinne Olson.

The family would like to thank Gundersen Hospice Staff.

A service will be held on Friday, February 26th at 10 a.m. at Coulee Region Cremation Group at 133 Mason St, Onalaska, WI 54650. Pastor Becky Goche will officiate. There will be a visitation from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.

To view Darlene’s tribute video, click here.






  1. Rick Komperud & Family

    Feb 2021
    Our condolences for Darlene’s entire family, she will be missed and remembered. Darlene always had a smile and warm welcomes at family events.

  2. Laurie Strand

    So sorry to hear this, Sue. She must have been a wonderful person and mom to raise a caring friend and teacher like you. Knowing you I’m sure she felt your love. I discovered she was married to your dad at my home church one year before my wedding. Wonder if I had met her as I was growing up there.

  3. Bonnie Antony

    Darlene was a special roommate & great friend. She will always remember my birthday & anniversary. Will miss her at our get together in the summer. Our prayers to Bob & Family. Bonnie & LaVerne Antony.

    • Ralph & Patty Dayton

      Uncle Bob, Susan, Mike, & Raven ~ We are so very sorry for the passing of Aunt Darlene. She was truly an angel on earth, caring for family, friends, and the community with her whole heart. Her light may be gone from our lives but it now shines down from above. She was one of the most wonderful, giving people ever. May her legacy live on in her family and friends.
      Ralph, Patty & Betty Dayton

  4. Carrie Sue Lelli

    Dearest Darlene, Thank u for the childhood memories to last a lifetime! I know u will be perched up on a cloud nearby watching your beautiful family every moment of every day smiling down knowing what a great job u did! You truly are thee best Mother on Earth! Not only for your own children or granddaughter but to ALL us kids who spent hours in your presence. We loved u so!

  5. Diane Johnson

    My deepest sympathy to Darlene’s family. She was always a pleasure to visit with at the American Legion fish and wings Fridays. She will be missed.

  6. Pat Coaty

    Prayers for the Dayton family. Darlene was the most “welcoming” person I know. She was a friend to all. I met her at the Legion. And she was my son-in-law’s Aunt (Pat Dayton) God bless!

  7. Carmen Gustafson

    Darlene’s presence and ready smile and conversation will be truly missed at ELC.

  8. Lois and Dennis Peterson

    Our sympathy to you. Darlene was a very special woman.

  9. Mary & Rod Davis

    To the Dayton Family,

    So very sorry for your loss. Darlene will be missed in our neighborhood. Always a smile and a wave!!

    May she be at peace now.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Candice Brieske and family

    My sympathy and prayers to Darlene’s family. She was a wonderful teacher to all 4 of my children in Sunday School. She was a good friend at Church, always smiling and gracious to all. She will be missed.

  11. Helen Zoellner Kelly

    To the Dayton Family,

    Darlene was always such a joyful and uplifting person with kind words for everyone. It was my privilege to know her and work with her on American Legion Post 52 projects over many years.

    Darlene will be greatly missed by so many, most of all her loving family. My deepest sympathy on your loss.


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