Official Obituary of

Darlene Mae (Fraser) VanBoening Engel

August 13, 1930 ~ February 4, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Darlene VanBoening Engel Obituary

Darlene M. (Fraser) VanBoening Engel, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at Azria Health, Blue Hill, Nebraska.  Service will be Friday, February, 10, 2023, 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Blue Hill, Nebraska with Pastor Leah Krotz officiating.  Burial will be in the Blue Hill Cemetery, Blue Hill, Nebraska.  Visitation will be on Thursday, February 9, 2023 from 1:00-8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Merten-Butler Mortuary, Blue Hill, Nebraska and one hour prior to service at the church.  A memorial has been established to be designated at a later date.  The service will be live-streamed on Merten-Butler Mortuary’s website.  To view the service, go to Darlene’s obituary and click the play button towards the bottom of the page.  Condolences may be sent to the family at  Merten-Butler Mortuary, Blue Hill, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.

Darlene was born on August 13, 1930 to Roy H. and Lucille A. (Richison) Fraser in Webster County, Nebraska.  She attended country school near Bladen and graduated from Bladen High School in 1947.  On January 30, 1948 she married Dean VanBoening at Belleville, Kansas.  Born to this union were six children.   Dean passed away on September 6, 1978.  Darlene married Chet Engel on March 6, 1982 at First St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hastings, Nebraska.  Chet passed away on January 21, 2008.  Darlene was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Blue Hill, Nebraska and St. Paul Ladies Aide.  She loved to dance, loved sewing and crafts and gardening.

Darlene is survived by three sons and spouse, Lamar (Gloria) VanBoening, Lawrence, Nebraska, Jerry (Alicia) VanBoening, Hastings, Nebraska, Lonnie (Cindy) VanBoening, Blue Hill, Nebraska; two daughters and sons-in-law, DeAnn Wieland, Omaha, Nebraska, Denise (Dan) Heguy, Golden, Colorado, Stan Wieland, Lincoln, Nebraska, Tom Schmidt, Blue Hill, Nebraska; sister, Joyce Mefford, Genoa, Nebraska; one brother and sister-in-law, Terry (Sharon) Fraser, Hastings, Nebraska; grandchildren, Tim (Crystal) Wieland, Shanie (Sven) Deepe, Laura (Todd) Himmelberg, Andrew VanBoening (Alicia Zarraga), Sandra (Dustin) Clonch, Christine (Ty) Shearman, Jennifer (Josh) Berns, Todd (Tami) Frazier, Casey VanBoening, Joshua (Tara) Nicolarsen, Nicholas (Brittany) Heguy, Peyton (Tyler) Konen, Jared Schmidt; great grandchildren, Kennedy (Grant) Frederickson, Zoey Wieland, Harlie Himmelberg, Brody Himmelberg, Jordan (Stephen) McConnell, Garrett Frazier, Markki (Michael) Dahl, Calvin Clonch, Henry Clonch, Elsie Clonch, Miles Shearman, Adalee Berns, Gregg Nicolarsen; great-great grandchild, Brystol Dahl.  Darlene is preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; daughter, Brooke Schmidt; son-in-law, Gregg Nicolarsen; brother-in-law, Don Mefford; grandson, Tyler Wieland.   

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February 9, 2023

1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Merten-Butler Mortuary
501 W. Gage St.
Blue Hill, NE 68930

Funeral Service
February 10, 2023

10:30 AM
St. Paul Lutheran Church
310 West Gage Street
Blue Hill, NE 68930


A Memorial Has Been Established To Be Designated At A Later Date.


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