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“Dear Tim and Dave -I just now heard of your mother's death and am so so sorry that I didn't know in time to attend her funeral. I am so very sorry...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Maureen Jones - Granger, In, IN

“So elegant,cheers kid she would say always brought a smile and a great story about those grandchildren thank you ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Christine wisniewski - south bend, IN

“Farewell my Friend. Darlene was always a wonderful person and friend. We worked together for many years at Fleetwood Credit. I saw Dar at least 4...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Dahms - North Liberty, IN

“Our sympathy to Dale and Darlene's family. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Mike & Sandy VandenBossche - FL

“We are thinking and praying for all of Darlene's family. We lived next to her on Coquillard and she was the sweetest, kindest neighbor. She often...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Liz Bomkamp - South bend, IN

“As neighbors, we always enjoyed seeing her smile and laughter. She demonstrated her generosity often with our children. Praying for God's comfort...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Carl Hetler - South Bend, IN

“Darlene was lovely and classy. I'm glad she has been such a wonderful Gradma to my niece Emily. Condolences and prayers to the family, so sorry for...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Teresa Messenger - BrooKline, MO

“My prayers and thoughts go out to the families of Dar. We went to grade school and high school together. Even though we live in different states we...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“With sympathy to all of Darlene's family and friends. Darlene will be missed by everyone who knew her ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Carole Gurney - South Bend, IN


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“With our deepest sympathy to all of the Hoovers. You're in our thoughts and prayers. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Nancy Coleman - Granger, IN


Darlene M. Hoover 83, passed away quietly in her home Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Darlene was born in South Bend, Indiana on July 12, 1933.

Darlene married Dale E. Hoover on April 30, 1955, who preceded her in death on May 8, 1998. Also preceded in death by Louis Walkowiak (Uncle Lefty), and her nephew, Kirk Walkowiak. Her parents, Louis & Lucille Walkowiak.

Darlene was survived by her two sons, Tim (Tawnn) and David (Brooke), and her grandchildren, Gabrielle, Tyler, Emily, Catherine, Brendan, Anni (Jared) and her sister-in-law, Gloria Walkowiak.

Native of South Bend, she attended Holy Cross grade school and St. Joseph academy. Darlene and Dale began their life's adventure in Edinburgh, Scotland. Darlene retired from St. Joe County Auditor's office in 2013 after more than 15 years. Active in the community with St. Joe County Auditor's retiree club, St. Anthony's luncheon club, St. Hedwig Golden Clusters senior group, St. Cashmir Harvest House, St. Stanislaus Harvest House, St. John's senior group, St. Stan's senior group, her bridge club, The Girls Club and The Pastels Club. She truly enjoyed traveling with Southfield travel group. Darlene was a devoted Catholic and active parishioner with St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

With her strength, acceptance and whimsical class, she was an inspiration and role model to her children, grandchildren and everyone she met. Best known as a social butterfly and the life of the party with both friends and family. She was truly one of a kind. Darlene cherished every moment with her family and lifelong friends.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 pm Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Dr., South Bend, Indiana. Rosary at 3:00 pm.
3545 N. Bendix Dr., South Bend, Indiana. Rosary at 3:00 pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 2114 East Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, Indiana; visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. with the Mass being celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Darlene's honor to St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church in South Bend. Online condolences may be left at www.kaniewski.com.

Funeral Home
Kaniewski Funeral Homes, Inc.
3545 N. Bendix Dr. South Bend, IN 46628
Tel. (574) 277-4444

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