Mabel “Darlene” Schwend, 72, of Bridger, entered eternity whole and complete surrounded by the love and presence of her family. She was there when her children took their first breath and they were by her side as she breathed her last at 11:27pm on Friday, August 12, 2022 at St. Vincent Healthcare.
Darlene was a lifelong resident of Bridger. She was born in Billings on March 16, 1950 to Elmer and Betty Bent. She married her high school sweetheart, Lonnie Schwend, on January 25, 1969. This 36-year marriage produced three beautiful children: Wes, Stephanie and Cathy.
Darlene graduated from Bridger High School in 1968. During her middle and high school years, she excelled as a cheerleader, played the flute, and was the lead drum major for the BHS marching band. Sharing a love of horses with her father, Elmer, she was also involved with 4-H and the O-Mok-See Saddle Club in Bridger. Darlene and her mother, Betty, shared their Eastern Star membership as they attended meetings together.
Darlene was a very hard worker at all stages of her life and she took pride in every job she had. Whilst raising her young family and being present for all of their many functions and needs, she worked as a sales clerk at Wagner’s Market in Bridger, as a beet dump shed lady for Western Sugar in Bridger and sold Avon and House of Lloyd Toys for an extended period.
Later in life, when her children were older, she decided to pursue her own education. She was a proud graduate of Denver Business College at Billings. While in college, she worked part-time as a clerk at Brockel’s Chocolates in Billings while continuing to support her children through their high school and college careers. She used her business degree in a variety of jobs, including managing the Lonesome Spur Guest Ranch, a clerk at Catherine’s clothing store, a school secretary at the Belfry School, managing the Town and Country delicatessen in Bridger, and most recently as a secretary at the Office of the Carbon County Conservation District in Joliet and served as secretary on the Orchard Canal Board for Carbon County.
Those who knew Darlene over the years knew her as someone who always put others and their needs ahead of themselves. She would always have enough food for everyone to join in a delicious meal at Haus Schwend. She opened her home to anyone staying over a night (or more) and everyone was assured of feeling welcome and well fed during their stay.
She loved her family very much, but her grandchildren were definitely the cream of the crop. Her life revolved around her. If one of them needed something, he could count on her. Each of them had a special place in her heart. She would do almost anything for and with them. Just ask her.
Activities that Darlene enjoyed usually revolved around her family. She was always there to support and cheer on her family in whatever they attended. She was her #1 cheerleader! Her other hobbies over the years have included sewing, pottery, gardening, cooking, baking, playing the piano, solving sudoku puzzles, playing solitaire on her laptop, and buying various things on Facebook.
Darlene will be missed beyond words by all who knew and loved her. We take comfort in knowing that she is with Jesus, her Lord and Savior, and knows no more pain or suffering.
Survivors include their son Wes (Tara) Schwend; daughter Stephanie (Hank) Scarber; grandchildren Stetson, Shaniah and Seannah Schwend, Jessica (Haaken) Syvrud, Clifford Scarber, Savvy and Saige Weimer; great-granddaughter Elsie June Syrud; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends. She also had a very special fur baby and companion, Daisey.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Betty Bent; brother Dean Bent and little brother Robert Bent; daughter Cathy Weimer; niece Jodi Tuell; Father and mother-in-law Bill and Mary Schwend.
A celebration of life and burial will be held at 2pm on Friday 9 September at Belfry Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Belfry School.
Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published by Michelotti Sawyer’s Mortuary & Crematory on August 16, 2022.