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Rochelle Varnum

April 24, 1968-Aug. 7, 2009

Rochelle M. Varnum, 41, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, August 7, 2009 in her home.

Rochelle Marie Austin was born to John and Elsie (Barnhill) Austin on April 24, 1968 in Auburn, Calif. She was raised and educated in Auburn, Calif., and moved to Detroit Lakes in 2008.

Surviving Rochelle are her children, Amy Wynhoff, Tyler Varnum and Carly Smith, all of Detroit Lakes, Bobby Smith of Kansas, Ronny Smith of California, Donny Smith of Kansas and Katy Smith of California; four grandchildren; her mother, Elsie Penacho of Central Point, Ore.; and her brother, Matthew Austin of Auburn, Calif.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14 at the Christian Fellowship Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Tim Rice and Rev. Dave Seaberg officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to services on Friday. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. Memories of Rochelle may be shared online at