Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home

90 Weathersfield Ave, Altamonte Springs, FL


Darlene "Umie" Zurney

April 21, 1937August 23, 2020

Darlene “Umie” Zurney, 83, passed away peacefully on August 23, 2020. She was born on April 21, 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio to Theodore and Beatrice Zamrazil.

Umie was a loving, giving and compassionate person. She was a woman of great faith and attended Journey Christian Church. Her family was her greatest treasure and many of them were fortunate to receive crocheted Afghans and baby blankets courtesy of Umie, all they had to do was pick their yarn. She spent over 25 years working as a crossing guard, something that she loved, always taking time to talk to the children and would even bake for them.

Meeting her at the gates in Heaven are her parents, husband of 42 years, Fred and brother, David.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Lynne (Larry), Lorri (Jon) and Gayle; beloved grandchildren, Brian, Danny and Kristin “Niki”; 5 great grandchildren, as well as Amanda, Barrett, Lauren and Josh, her special extended grandchildren.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Janet Renton

September 5, 2020

I met Darlene through my sister, Jamie Patchin. While I didn’t see Darlene often she would say hello when I called Jamie or she would stop by when I was there visiting from Michigan. So glad we were able to go out for lunch on our last visit to Florida. She was a beautiful lady who talked often of her children and grandkids and always had a smile and hug for you. My visits won’t be the same. I loved her and will miss seeing her. My heartfelt sympathy to her daughters and their families.

JoJo Sturm

August 27, 2020

Darlene was such a wonderful, fun loving person. Seminole County Sheriff's Office was truly blessed when she and her beloved Fred came to us requesting to become a School Crossing Guard back in 1997 . She really loved all the little children she crossed. She gave them a lot of love over the years. She wiped many tears and boo boo's and gave them kind words so they would go off to school with happiness in their hearts. We will miss her cheery voice and great smile. Heaven has a new beautiful angel and we called her "Darlene".
Love and prayers to her family that she dearly loved.
Supervisor JoJo Sturm

Nancy Coffman

August 26, 2020

I am so saddened to learn of the passing of a very special lady my family knew as "Umie". We became friends when we moved to the same neighborhood as her daughter, Lynne. My son played with Umie's grandsons, Brian and Danny. We also hailed from the same great state of Ohio; so we had an immediate bond. That was some 30 years ago.

The kids are grown with children of their own, but we all have fond memories of Umie. How thankful I am that I was able to see her a few months ago at Lynne's home, just by accident (or was it?). Umie gave me a hug and it felt like old times.

Our love and prayers are with Umie's precious family.

The Coffman's (Nancy, Michael, Joshua, and Ashley)

Didi Schenker

August 26, 2020

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Darlene, my dear friend of many years. Fond memories of our friendship and the many hours spent together with her family and mine, will forever remain in my heart.
Sincere condolences to your extended families grieving the immeasurable loss of Darlene.
May you rest in peace, the Schenkers.

Jamie Patchin

August 26, 2020

I met Darlene walking my dog- she was a crossing guard at the time. She told me she may not be on her corner the following morning because it was the anniversary of her union with her beloved Fred- I said “if you are here , I would love to take you for coffee”-she was there- and our friendship began. She loved to tell me all about her grandkids and great grandkids, and got so excited telling me about the next project she would be making for one of them. She was a perfectionist when it came to her crocheting and needlepoint. The stockings she made for each of her grands were beautiful! She introduced me to her friend Nancy (love her for that) and we met nearly every wk for lunch. Little Saigon was one of her favorites! She loved our beach trips and tea time at The Grand Floridian, or just hanging out in her pool on Sat. afternoons. I loved her and called her my “FL Mom”. I’m gonna miss seeing her but will always cherish the time we had together. May she Rest In Peace .

Tony Cory

August 26, 2020

Growing up, Darlene was like a second mother to me. I was very blessed to work with Darlene at AMF Altamonte Lanes for many years. I became very close to both Fred and Darlene. They were both very special to me and helped me become the person I am today. I still remember bowling together, going to dinner together or occasionally they would invite me over for dinner at their home. Darlene was a very special woman; she loved her husband more than anything and it was beautiful to see. I am saddened that I didn't get to say goodbye...rest in peace, Darlene...

Nancy Colachicco

August 26, 2020

I will surely miss you my friend! Remembering all the fun times we shared over the years ~ Our weekly lunches, trips to New Smyrna Beach, Amelia Island, Biloxi, Naples .... the Festival of Trees and Disney's Candlelight Processional. I will hold all of those memories close to my heart. Until I see you again...xo

Debby Gerth

August 25, 2020

She is and will always be so precious to me. I can't wait until I get to see her, Grandma and Grandpa, and my dad, and Uncle Fred all together again. I'll never make knedlich like her or Grandma Z. but I'm going to sure keep trying the rest of my life.

Maybe even in heaven I'll finally enjoy eating the clams and crabs one of those clam bake days.

Debi Damas

August 24, 2020

I have such memories of your Mom when you lived next to us on Cato St. May she rest in peace.


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