Darlene Jean Newell

June 14, 1932September 18, 2021

PEKIN ~ Darlene Jean Newell, 89, of Pekin, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, September 18, 2021 at her home.

Darlene was born June 14, 1932 in Peoria to Daniel W. and Dorothy E. (Bohlander) Tromler. She married the love of her life, Harold Newell on June 14, 1948 in Peoria. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Gary Newell; one daughter, Bonnie Penkal; and one sister, Donna Frye.

Surviving are one son, Joseph Newell of Pekin; five grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Darlene founded the Deer Creek Public Library and worked there for 30 years, retiring in 1986.

She was a Girl Scout Leader and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Deer Creek Women’s Club. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, crossword puzzles, cooking and collecting dolls.

A gathering celebrating Darlene’s life will be at a later date.

Her graveside service will be held at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Deer Creek Public Library, 205 East 1st Avenue, Deer Creek, IL 61733.

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Carlene Mathis-Kull

October 9, 2021

As the founder of Deer Creek District Library, Darlene did important work for the community. She blessed Deer Creek with an institution of knowledge, respectful of all, regardless of financial resources. It was an honor to follow in her footsteps. Her family must be proud.

Melissa Egli

September 21, 2021

Darlene is my grandma. One of my favorite memories of her was the summer I spent in Texas with her. She was always such a stylish lady. We would get all dressed up every Sunday and go to church. Of course she would put about a gallon of perfume on and never let you crack the window. I smile when I think of that summer. Thank you grandma for all the happy memories. I ❤️ you

Fran Graber

September 20, 2021

When I was a very young girl, we lived near Darlene, who was my aunt. I have very fond memories of her during those years. She was very kind to me and my sister.