Darlene 'Dot' Gordon — Red Wing

Darlene "Dot" Adelle Gordon, 86, of Red Wing, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Dec. 27, 1928, in LaMoure, N.D., to Stanley and Ruby (Gyldenvand) Wankel, and graduated from LaMoure High School. She went on to attend Concordia College in Moorhead. On Oct. 24, 1948, she was united in marriage to Donald Gordon in LaMoure, and they moved to Red Wing in 1960. Though Dot never worked outside the home, she was a caregiver and helper for many friends and family throughout the years. Donald died Jan. 19, 1992.

She was a member of United Lutheran Church, where she was active in women's circles, the altar guild and had been a Sunday school teacher. She also belonged to Chapter P of PEO. She enjoyed gardening — especially flower gardening, playing cards, dancing, reading, and was an accomplished musician playing both the organ and piano. She married Virgil Burfeind on Dec. 20, 2001. They enjoyed wintering in Arizona. She was known to cook a good plate of lutefisk for family members that would eat it. Her family will remember her love of decorating, especially at Christmas time, and the warm, welcoming environment she created.

She is survived by her husband, Virgil Burfeind of Red Wing; three children, Donene Gordon and Stan (Ann) Gordon both of Red Wing and Tim (Gail) Gordon of Plymouth; eight grandchildren, Stephanie (Jeff), Mac (Nicki), Ben (Kristen), Paul, Rebecca, Kelsey (James), Sam and Alison; four great-grandchildren; stepson, Keith (Marcia) Burfeind of Kimball; stepgrandchildren, Jamie (Randy), Kelly, and Jon (Sara); her Sandness family including her stepbrothers and sisters and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald and stepbrothers and sisters.

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at United Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Karl Rydholm officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials are preferred to Mayo Clinic Red Wing Hospice or United Lutheran Church. Arrangements are by Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to the family at