Darlene E. M. Sweeney
Darlene E. M. Sweeney, age 85, passed away suddenly on Monday, June 16, 2014, at Four Winds Manor. She was born on Nov. 25, 1928, in Madison, the daughter of Albert and Martha (Vethe) Grove. Darlene grew up in rural Columbia County and later moved to Madison. She graduated from Madison East High School in 1946 and married John “Phil” Sweeney on Aug. 11, 1951, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Throughout her years, Darlene worked at Celon, Allure Salon as a hairdresser, as well as Wings Inn and Midway Motor Lodge. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, crossword puzzles and bingo.
Darlene is survived by her daughter, Deb Sweeney; son, Dave (Beth) Sweeney; two grandchildren, Jonathan and Jennifer; sister-in-law, Pat (Don) Maier; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John “Phil”; two sons, Dean and Dale; two brothers, Harold and Edwin; and three sisters, Alvera, Carolyn and Bernice.
Funeral Services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 11 a.m., on Monday, June 23, 2014. Burial will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitations will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, 2014, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday.
A special thank you to the staff at Four Winds Manor for their care and support. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
“When I am gone, release me, let me go. You have so many things to see and do. You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears. Be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love. You can only guess how much you gave me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown, but now it’s time I traveled on alone. So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must, then let your grief be comforted by trust it’s only a while that we must part, so bless the memories within your heart. I won’t be far away, for life goes on. So if you need me, call and I will hear. Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near. And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear all of my love around you soft and clear. And then, when you must come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a smile and welcome home.”
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