Darline Ruth (Kilcoyne) Rowe

Darline Ruth (Kilcoyne) Rowe

MADISON-Darline Ruth (Kilcoyne) Rowe, age 87, passed away on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.

She was born on Nov. 5, 1929, in Shullsburg, the daughter of George and Ruth (Howard) Kilcoyne. At an early age, Darline’s family moved to Darlington where she attended Holy Rosary Catholic School and was confirmed by Monsignor Bernard Doyle. She then attended Darlington High School and graduated with the class of 1947. On Jan. 3, 1948, she was united in marriage to Robert Willard Rowe Jr. at the Holy Rosary Church. They farmed in Wiota for several years and then moved to Madison in 1953. She was a stay-at-home mother with their two children for their first several years.

Bob and Darline were both active at Marquette Schools as room parents and Girl and Boy Scout Leaders. Darline went to work at Yosts doing alterations, and ultimately her own alteration business at home. She was also employed at Madison Central University School for the last two years it was open and those students were her pride and joy. The love of her life, Bob died of cancer on Sept. 11, 1992. Her family and the best neighbors helped her through many crisis.

Darline is survived by her children, Mary (Jerry) McCullick and Dennis (Connie) Rowe; grandchildren, Peggy, Julie, Kristy (Don), Melody (Shawn), Jaime and Devin; 11 great-grandchildren, Alisha, Buford, Alexandria, Betsy, Marybeth, Taylor, Aaron, Nickolas, Hayley, Hunter and Amelia; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Gerald and Billie.

Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Burial will be at Blooming Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 2017, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday.

Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive
(608) 221-5420