Darlene Virginia Rae (Melander) Slotness

May 6, 1934 ~ December 31, 2020 (age 86)


Darlene Virginia Rae Slotness of Duluth, MN passed away peacefully on December 31, 2020 at the age of 86.

Dar was born in Duluth, MN to Ray and Elsie Melander and graduated from Denfeld High School.  She attended college at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she first saw Gordon Slotness at his locker, and she told her friend “I’m going to marry that guy.”  Dar graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. Dar and Gordy were married on August 18, 1956, and she left teaching P.E. to raise their three children. Later, she pursued a Master’s degree in Counseling and was a counselor at 2001, a youth chemical dependency facility, until her retirement.

Dar was a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for many years and was a member of First Lutheran Church.

Her family and friends remember her as a strong, feisty, and outgoing woman with a large, close-knit group of friends. She was often found out on the ski hill, camping with family, or sailing Lake Superior aboard the Puffin. She was an avid golfer, and never missed an opportunity to cheer on (yell at) the Minnesota Vikings.  She enjoyed planning parties for the Barkers Island “F Dock” and hosting family gatherings where all enjoyed her delicious homemade recipes. 

Dar was a gifted knitter and, over her lifetime, knit over a thousand stunning sweaters, many of which are still worn today. Although each and every sweater is unique, they all carry a common label inside: Made especially for you by Darlene Slotness. This label is her legacy of love, stitched by hand, passed on to those she loved.

She is preceded in death by her parents Ray and Elsie Melander. She is survived by her husband Gordon Slotness; children Suzan (Mark) Johnson, Mark Slotness, and Mike Slotness; brother, Don (Bonnie) Melander; grandchildren Steph (Zac Bentz) Slotness-Johnson-Bentz, Neil Slotness, Nichole Hagadorn, Shane (Asmaa Elkeurti) Johnson, Stephanie (Casey) Dearhamer, Pauline (Brandon) Forsythe, and Eirik Slotness; great-grandchildren Addison, Kaden, Maddyson, Jack, Josephine, Nickoli, and James. She will also be missed by her nephews Gary and Scott Melander and their mother, Harriet Besser as well as her nieces Kari Torvi and Lynn Odegaard and their mother Dee Slotness.

Memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. Second St., Duluth. To send an online condolence, please visit  Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth, 218-727-3555


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Memorial Service
July 27, 2021

11:00 AM
Dougherty Funeral Home
600 E 2nd Street
Duluth, MN 55805

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