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Darlene Gambotz

January 29, 1935April 13, 2021
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Darlene Gambotz was born on January 29, 1935 and passed away on April 13, 2021 and is under the care of Mount Auburn Funeral Home.

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Darlene Gambotz

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Dominic Nuccio

May 2, 2021

My dear and treasured sister Darlene recently passed away, quietly. She lived a diverse, long and engaging life. I have fond memories of her and my siblings growing up as youngsters, including Edward (“Junior” or “Hijo as my mom called him), Alan (“Toosie’) and later Shirley. After having graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago she was an accomplished artist and photographer. She gifted me many years ago a pastel portrait of myself, which hangs in my house as a tribute to her skills and great talents. She leaves behind an exceptional portfolio of photographs and paintings. Dar ("Cookie" as my mom affectionately called her!) also played piano, which inspired me as a youngster to follow her talents. She later in life was a vet and loved animals to no end! Animals were her passion for decades. We all grew up with dogs in our lives. She left behind her beloved companion “Missy”, who crossed the rainbow bridge just days after "Cookie" left us. I’m not going to eulogize her in this space and list her many, many accomplishments, but know that I greatly loved and respected my sister. She was an intelligent and caring person, with firm religious beliefs. One to whom any in the family could go to for accurate and honest advice. She cared considerably for our younger sister, Shirley with whom she took responsibility after our parents passed. She traveled greatly in her younger years – and loved “road trips.” One of which I will always remember so fondly. Cross country in a van to California – before GPS and cell phones!!! She had a sense of humour with an air of responsibility. Her demeanour always prompted respect from everyone in the family – including her many friends. She is sadly and fondly missed as she is now on her final road trip! May her memory be blessed and always be with us. R.I.P. Descanse en paz querida hermana.

Theresa Hopping

April 30, 2021

In loving memory of a special Nana!

Nana, we really miss you
Now you’re no longer here
When we’re thinking of you
Sometimes we shed a tear.

We will always treasure you
You were so gentle and so kind
Your love lives on within our hearts
Memories of you in our minds.

Life goes on from day to day
But sometimes it is out of place
We would give almost anything
To once more see your smiling face.

You were such a blessing
So thoughtful and so true
We feel eternally grateful
To have had a Nana like you.


We love and miss you so much Nana! You will always be on our hearts !

Carlos Villalobos

April 30, 2021

“Fast forward”

You hold me in your arms
I can’t speak yet
But I feel your love

Fast forward

You babysit my sister and I
We go to get lunch
I get in your car, I’m excited
You always leave your pennies in the cup holder
You know I love counting them

Fast forward

I’m grown
My memories are fond
Life has had its ups and downs
You’re always there though

Fast forward

I graduate high school
You’re so proud of me

Fast forward

I work now
You’re proud of me
I get promoted
You’re proud of me
I get my “big boss” position as you would say it
You’re proud of me

Fast forward

Work consumes most of my time
You’re still proud of me
I see you less
You’re still proud of me

Fast forward

A pandemic
Who would have known?
We talk, we text
But we can’t be close
I can’t hug you
I can’t give you a kiss

Fast forward

Things don’t seem right
I know they aren’t
You stay strong for us
You say it’s okay, to comfort us
After all, we are you’re babies

Fast forward

You’re home
We got you home Nana
It’s our turn to comfort you
You have strong babies

Fast forward

I hold you in my arms
You can’t speak
But I know you feel my love..

Joyce Gallagher

April 29, 2021

I am a friend of Darlene's from the Lay Missionaries of Charity. She and I would often speak about her work in the nursing homes. She was so kind and compassionate to everyone and I will miss her but I know she is happy at Home in Heaven.

Carl Stockman lmc

April 28, 2021

My name is Carl and I am the leader of the Chicago group of lay missionaries of charity for the last 5 years. I will Always remember our dear Darlene as a most loving and faithful lady who loved to meet with us and attend Holy hours with all the missionary of charity Sisters.
She was always willing to help in anyway and loved Jesus , St.Mother Teresa and Our Blessed Mother's Rosary......
And Always the Novenas..........
Pray for us dear Sister 🙏
Until we meet again ❤

Stephen Winter

April 26, 2021

Dear Tina and Family,

My dearest condolences on this, an incalculable loss of an extraordinary human being.

Dar was the best of the best and a formative and indelible part of my early life. She is deeply missed and will be warmly remembered.

Love,

Stephen

FROM THE FAMILY

Childhood Memories

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Cookie at 7 on a pony.

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College days.

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Cookie loves being a Marine.

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Childhood Memories

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Cookie at 7 on a pony.

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College days.

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Cookie loves being a Marine.

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Pro-bowling Patches

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Tae Kwan Do

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Martial Arts Patches

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Karate

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Tribune article, September 20, 1966

FROM THE FAMILY

Darlene, Donald, and Mary, 1965

Biography

Darlene was truly a woman who lived life to the fullest. When life gave her lemons, she made lemonade.

She never let her gender dictate what she could or couldn't do. She joined the Marines at age 18. She went to University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana on the GI Bill and earned a DVM degree, becoming a Veterinarian. She was a Pro Bowler and a 5th Degree Black Belt in Judo, Karate and Tae Kwon Do; but her proudest moments were when she married and became a Mom to Mary and Bobby. Life was beautiful!

Then her life drastically changed when a monkey bite gave her Hepatitis B in the early 70's. Her bad luck continued when she was bitten by a tick on a vacation and contracted Rocky Mountain spotted fever. After 14 months of rehab, she went on to study Astrology and Metaphysics. She was on disability and could never work with animals again. Then her beloved grandmother passed away.

In her grief and as therapy, Darlene turned to Photography and the Arts. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute with a BFA and went on to a Post Baccalaureate. She won many awards for her Photography, Printmaking and Art, but she missed Medicine.

Darlene then became a CNA and cared for Alzheimer's patients for the next 20 years. At the same time, she joined the Lay Missionaries of Charity, Mother Theresa's order. She had always been deeply religious, which gave her the strength to carry on despite adversity. At the end of her life she completed her last Novena for Divine Mercy.

Darlene will be missed by not just her family, but also the many people she's helped financially and emotionally over the years. She has earned her wings and is surely in heaven now.