OBITUARY

Darlene P. Walter

September 17, 1939November 7, 2018
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Darlene P. Walter, 79, of Davenport, IA passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, November 12, 2018 in the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. She will be laid to rest on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Kankakee Memorial Gardens, Kankakee, IL. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.

Darlene was born on September 17, 1939 to David and Stella (Nimic) Abernathy in Chicago, IL. She was united in marriage to Cleon Thomas Walter on June 13, 1957 in Kankakee, IL. He passed away on February 2, 2018. Darlene had a heart of gold. She was very involved with her grandchildren and ran a daycare for many years. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking and baking, watching game shows, seek and find puzzle books and especially camping. She and Cleon loved to ride around the campgrounds on their matching mopeds with their matching jackets on.

Those left to honor her memory include her daughters, Mary (Tom) Cargill, Cheryl (Dean) Levetzow and Peggy (Rick) Simpson; son, Leon Walter; 18 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Lois Walter.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband of 60 years, Cleon.

  • FAMILY

  • David Abernathy, Father
  • Stella (Nimic) Abernathy, Mother
  • Cleon Thomas Walter, Husband
  • Mary (Tom) Cargill, Daughter
  • Cheryl (Dean) Levetzow, Daughter
  • Peggy (Rick) Simpson, Daughter
  • Leon Walter, Son
  • Lois Walter, Sister-in-law
  • Also left to cherish her memory are eighteen grandchildren and thirty eight great-grandchildren.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Troy Walter
  • Robert Walter
  • Leon Walter
  • Devlin Levetzow
  • Tim Cargill
  • Darin Levetzow
  • DONATIONS

  • The Family

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 12, 2018
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Darlene P. Walter

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Shirley Stewart

November 9, 2018

Our condolences to the Walter family. We are saddened to hear of the passing of Darlene. I always enjoyed our chats while I did her hair. She was such a nice person. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Biography

      Darlene P. Walter was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Darlene will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

       She was the daughter of David & Stella (Nimic) Abernathy. Darlene grew up in Chicago, Illinois.

      Darlene was raised with She had four siblings. She had two brothers and two sisters. Darlene was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      On June 13, 1957 Darlene exchanged wedding vows with Cleon Thomas Walter at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Kankakee, Illinois. Empathic and loyal, Darlene was committed to making her new family happy.

      Darlene worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Darlene was blessed with She has four children, daughters: Mary, Cheryl and Peggy and a son, Leon.

      Fortunately, Darlene enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Darlene worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was a cook. She was employed for 17 years at St. Luke's, now Genesis East Hospital working the early morning shift. Darlene always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Darlene enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She loved doing word search puzzle books. She was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Darlene found pleasure in sports. Recreational sports included bowling, camping and riding around on mopeds at camp with her her dad. Darlene was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she had the chance to do so.

      Darlene’s faith was important to her. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

      Darlene enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included Hawaii, Lake of the Ozarks, staying in a cabin and her home away from home, Woodhaven Lakes.

      Darlene was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was "Lady" a miniature Sheltie. They were best friends for 15 years. After Lady passed away, she got another dog named Kisses, it was a Bichon.

      When Darlene’s retirement finally arrived in 2001, she was well prepared. In retirement, she found new pleasure in her Grandma's Daycare. She loved watching her grandkids of course with Dad there too. They did everything together. Even in retirement, Darlene continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. Darlene was active in her new community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her.

      Darlene passed away on November 7, 2018 at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. She had back surgery, then got multiple infections. She is survived by her children: Mary, Leon, Cheryl and Peggy. Services were held at The Runge Mortuary. Darlene was laid to rest in Kankakee Memorial Gardens in Kankakee, Illinois. Mom an Dad were married on the 13th of June so they always did something special on the 13th of every month. I'm so happy to mention that we were able to lay mom to rest beside Dad on the 13th of the month!

      Simply stated, Darlene was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Darlene leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Darlene P. Walter.