Darlene Margaret (Hollerbach) Henry, of Waverly, went home to be with her Lord, Thursday, June 30, 2016.
She was born May 20 to William and Alice Hollerbach at St. John’s Hospital in St. Paul.
Darlene was united in the sacrament of holy matrimony to Robert (Bob) Henry, and their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Dawn Marie and Michelle Lea.
Darlene’s life was centered around her family. She raised her daughters and watched her grandchildren when they were young. She and Bob would have all four of their grandchildren over on Saturday evenings for sleepovers and root beer floats after Saturday mass and dinner at Red’s Café or Waverly Café.
Darlene and Bob also enjoyed fishing with their family, especially at Rock Lake.
Darlene enjoyed “antiquing,” gardening, and was an amazing cook, especially known for her holiday feasts, chicken and dumplings, and homemade soups. She reveled in the holidays, and anyone who visited her house around Christmas could attest to the Christmas wonderland she created every year.
Darlene was a spiritual and giving person. She became involved with the Red Cross during high school and again later in life, volunteering for over four decades. Darlene was also involved with the United Fund for over 25 years, served as a member of the Queens Committee of Waverly for 16 years, was a weather spotter for the National Weather Service for over 25 years, an election judge for Waverly, and helped maintain the flower garden in front of the city hall for years.
As a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, Darlene was an active member of the adoration chapel since its inception, including writing the weekly adoration article for the church bulletin.
Darlene and Bob were known for their kindness and helping people. They were also lovers and rescuers of animals, including a special cat, CC, that Bob rescued from a fire. Darlene nursed CC back to health and was a member of the family for 20 years.
Darlene often helped Bob and the rest of the Waverly Fire Department during large fires by bringing food and water. There was no limit to the kindness and generosity of Darlene and Bob, they were faithful servants of God, their family and their community.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; her parents, William and Alice; a brother, LeRoy Hollerbach; a sister Rosemary (Hollerbach) Erdman; and a great-grandson, Andrew Kittock.
She is survived by her daughters, Dawn Marie Kittock and her husband Patrick; and Michelle Lea Streich and her husband, Richard; her four grandchildren and their spouses, Stephanie (Keith) Salvatore; Brian (Nicole) Kittock; Amanda (Aaron) Buzard; and Rachael (Chris) Hardie; her great-grandchildren, Payton, Grace and Jackson Kittock, and Eli and Theo Buzard; a brother, Russel Hollerbach; as well as her faithful companion dog, Jack, and her great-grandpuppy, Marco.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, July 8 at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary in Waverly.
Visitation was Thursday, July 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Center in Waverly, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., and continued Friday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. in the Parish Center prior to Mass. Interment was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Waverly.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.