Darlene M. Anderson

February 27, 1927 - February 23, 2021

Darlene M. Anderson


Darlene M. (Sunden) Anderson, 93, of Belvidere, Illinois passed away from congestive heart failure early Tuesday morning, February 23, 2021 at Javon Bea Mercyhealth Hospital in Rockford, Illinois.  Darlene was born February 27, 1927 in rural Boone County, the daughter of David and Amy (Carlson) Sunden.  Darlene attended Davis Road School, a one-room schoolhouse in southern Boone County, until beginning her freshman year in high school at Belvidere High School where she graduated in 1945.

Darlene married Floyd R. Anderson August 21, 1948.  Floyd and Darlene raised their three boys in Belvidere, Illinois, and they enjoyed many years together on Rock Lake in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.  Darlene worked at Highland Hospital, Ipsen Industries, and Boone State Bank.  She made her spiritual home at the Evangelical Mission Covenant Church in Belvidere, Illinois where she played the piano and organ for over 70 years.  It was through her music that Darlene found the most joy in praising her Lord and Savior.   Other meaningful joys in her life were  watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren play in their sporting events, visiting family and friends and her church family. 

 Darlene is survived by her children Mark R. (Kathi) Anderson of Roscoe, Illinois, Stuart R. (Mary) Anderson of Rockford, Illinois, and Brad R. (Diane) Anderson of Belvidere, Illinois; her grandchildren, Leslie, Marci, Bret, Reid, Corey, Emily, Megan, Brooke, Molly, Kelsey, Matt and Shannon, her 25 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law David (Sandy) Anderson of Rockford, Illinois, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Darlene was predeceased in death by her parents, husband, brother David Sunden and sister Edna (Sunden) Anderson.

A walk through visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m.  Monday, March 1, 2021, at Evangelical Covenant Church, 220 E Harrison St, Belvidere, IL 61008. Funeral services will be private. Rev. Scott Nellis will officiate. Private burial at Belvidere Cemetery. Memorials in her honor can be made to the church.

The family wishes to extend their special and heartfelt thanks to Mary Harbison and Ruth Axmark who went above and beyond in their care for Darlene which allowed her to remain in her home nearly until her death. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL.  To share a memory, please visit    

Service Schedule

Monday, March 1, 2021
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Evangelical Covenant Church

220 East Harrison
Belvidere, IL 61008

(815) 547-6471

A walk through visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday, March 1, 2021, at Evangelical Covenant Church, 220 E Harrison St, Belvidere, IL 61008.

Funeral services will be private.

Belvidere Cemetery

Private burial at Belvidere Cemetery.

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Stu, So very sorry to hear about your Mom passing. She was a wonderful person and I enjoyed working with her at Ipsen. My sympathy to you and your brother’s.

Suzi Henneberry 2021-03-22T16:15:19

I had the pleasure of meeting Darlene last summer as the delivery driver for OBrien Pharmacy. Although her health declined in the last few months, she never lost her gracious manners, dignity, and sharp wit. Whenever I brought medications, she spoke with pride about her large family. It was obvious she was well loved. I send sincere condolences to all who cared for her.

Debra Phillips 2021-03-03T08:37:12

I was sorry to hear about Darlene’s passing. My sympathy to Brad, Mark and Stu. All great guys and no finer example of their Mom’s wonderful legacy.

Clint Morris 2021-02-28T13:27:20

Aunt Darlene was such a wonderful lady. She loved her family very much. May all your memories fill your hearts during this time. We pray you are able to keep her wonderful spirit of life alive and love her love for others. Aunt Darlene will be greatly missed by many. Rest In Peace

Melissa & Tom Pabich 2021-02-26T10:15:59

Mark, Stuart, Brad and families: We will be remembering you all in prayer during this time of mourning. It is a beautiful photo of your mother that you chose, that is how I remember her. When I came home to Belvidere, I always enjoyed her selections on the organ during the church services. I will miss hearing her music.
Darla (Carlson) Seaward

Darla Seaward 2021-02-26T09:45:26

Mark, Stu and Brad…. I want to tell you how very sad I was to read about your Mother. Sending prayers of comfort to all of you.
Darlene will always have a special place in my heart. We all had so much fun on Boone Street.

Lisa (Konsdorf) Johnson 2021-02-25T18:19:19

Deepest condolences to the Anderson family. We were neighbors for so long on Boone Street and have very nice memories of Darlene, Floyd and the boys! Rest In Peace, Darlene.

Lynne Konsdorf Ernster 2021-02-25T18:02:58


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