Darlene Ann Marrazzo
(nee Paulson) died on March 29, 2017, at her home surrounded by family.
Darlene was born on Oct. 8, 1934, in Madison to
Henry and Agnes Paulson (nee Endres). She was a proud graduate of the
University of Wisconsin-Madison. She married Gennaro “Gene” on Jan.
31, 1959. Gene and Darlene built a life together in Waukesha and raised
four children: Jean Ann Marrazzo-Powers (Bill), Marcia Hempel (Bill),
Julie Marrazzo, and David Marrazzo. In addition, she was a grandmother
to Scott and Sam and great-grandmother to Kieran and Lonah.
Darlene had a positive
impact on so many lives and was involved in numerous activities. She was
a fulltime mom to her children and in later years became the
Children’s Outreach coordinator at Schwartz’s Bookstore. Darlene
volunteered at Grey Mare Nursery School, Blair Elementary School,
Hawthorne Elementary’s library, taught catechism classes at St.
William’s Parish, and
sat on the United Way Board. Darlene was an avid reader. She belonged to
a book club and participated in intergenerational book discussions at
West High School. Darlene was also a member of several bridge groups and
enjoyed spending time with those neighborhood friends. In spite of her
challenge with dementia, Darlene was our teacher and in her dying she
continued to teach us all compassion, understanding, love and respect.
Her innate wisdom was ever present and we are all thankful to have had her as the center of
our family for so long.
We especially want to
thank caregivers from Home Helpers who have been with us all on this
journey since early fall.
Their tenderness and
support cannot be matched.
Special hugs to Lisa,
Dave, Kristin, Melissa, Courtney, Paige, Ali, Lori and Nikki.
Darlene is further
survived by two brothers, Donald (Ione) and Gerald (Mary), and their
families who all live in Madison; a sister and brother in-law, Rita and
Jim Komarec and their family in Kenosha, as well as loving nieces,
nephews, cousins, step-grandchildren and friends from all across the
state and country.
instructions, the Marrazzo family will host a private celebration to
“remember her as she was and to tell stories, laugh and have fun,”
sometime in the near future.
Memorials can be made
to: Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha, Inc., 217 Wisconsin Ave.,
Suite B16, Waukesha, WI 53186.
Cesarz, Charapata &
Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving
the family. For further information, please call 2625426609. For the
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