Helen R. Darling, 96, of Decatur, IN passed away on the Assumption of Mary and her husband Robert’s 96th birthday, Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Northwoods Village in Ft. Wayne. She was born in Ft. Wayne, IN, on July 12, 1922, the daughter of the late Frank E. and Eleanora G. (Schone) Alter. On June 27, 1946, she married Robert C. Darling and after 57 years he preceded her in death on June 4, 2003.
She was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and a member of the Women of St. Mary’s. She worked most of her life raising her large family as a homemaker.
Helen is survived by 5 sons, Anthony L. (Brenda) Darling of Ft. Wayne, Steven M. Darling of Decatur, David J. Darling of Chicago, Thomas G. (Julie) Darling, and Ronald J. (Rebecca) Darling both of Decatur; 4 daughters, Sandra A. Geimer of LaOtto , Karen S. (Wayne) Porter of Decatur, Lois J. Darling of Portland, OR, and Joyce E. (Marty) Martin of Decatur; a brother, Joseph (Shirley) Alter of Ft. Wayne; 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Robert J. Darling, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters.
Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 20, 2018 at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home, with a reciting of the Holy Rosary at 3:30 p.m.
A 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, with calling 1 hour prior from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. in the St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Father Dave Ruppert will be officiating and burial will take place in Catholic Cemetery, Ft. Wayne.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School, Decatur or Heartland Hospice.
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