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Darlene L. Himmelrich
December 9, 1940 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Darlene Lorraine Himmelrich, a beloved mother, grandmother, and friend passed away Saturday, January 27, 2024, in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loved ones. Her strong will, and love for her family radiated as she held on months past her life expectancy in her battle against cancer.
Darlene was born on December 9, 1940 in Pittsburgh, PA and relocated to Cleveland, OH in the 1960s where she would then raise her three children (Eric, Sharon, and Michael Balaban). She later settled in Reynoldsburg, OH where she would go on to graduate from the Columbus State Community College with an Associate Degree in Microcomputing Technology as she entered into the early years of her 50s. Just one example of her humble perseverance that spanned over the course of her life. She retired from her career as a Technical Specialist at AT&T in 2011.
She was extremely intelligent, which was most evidently shown in her signature humor and quick wittedness. She found joy in shopping and her numerous craft based hobbies, but took the most strongly to both crochet and quilting. With a deep love for both travel and family, she often visited the major cities where parts of her family had migrated, including her favorite - Seattle, WA. Her taste for beauty often lay in Victorian period based things; she loved roses, magnolias, the color pink, and stood firmly in her taste for coffee, and foods that represented notable parts of her upbringing. Darlene had a tendency to be reserved but those lucky enough to see her light were enamored by her hilarity, kindness, and perceptiveness. The memories that could be shared are endless, and will continue to spark joy for generations to come. She was an amazing mother, grandmother, and friend. Her family will forever be so very grateful for the time they were able to spend alongside her as each of them have grown into the person they are today - so much of which is accredited to Darlene herself.
A beacon and matriarch of a small, but mighty family, whose bonds are a reflection of both the lessons and examples of love, compassion, generosity, humor and tenacity passed on by Darlene. She will be dearly missed, but her precious memory will fondly live on through those who have been left behind. She was preceded in death her Mother (Lorraine Naomi Himmlerich [Davis]), Father (George William Himmelrich), both of her elder siblings (Beverly and Earl Himmelrich) and younger sibling (Mark Himmelrich); and survived by three children (Eric, Sharon, and Michael Balaban), daughter in-law (Anuska Chorba), grandchildren (Ashley Wright, Amanda Arrowood-Lubinski, and Olivia Balaban), and soon to be grandson in-law (Zach Lubinski).
Her family will receive friends Thursday, February 1, from 5-8 p.m. at the Cotner Funeral Home, 7369 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg.