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Darlene Joyce Ernst Smolek
August 9, 1957 – August 24, 2017

Darlene J. Smolek, 60, of Tipton, passed away on August 24, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City.
A memorial service was at 1 p.m. on September 2, 2017, at Lahey and Dawson Funeral Home, Olin. A private family burial was in Olin Cemetery.
Darlene Joyce was born on August 9, 1957, in Hammond, Indiana, to James and Joyce (Lange) Ernst. She was a homemaker. Darlene enjoyed fishing, camping, hiking and traveling in the semi with James.
Those left to cherish her memories are her five children; Jeremy Smolek of Fisher, Illinois, Thomas Smolek of Muscatine, Bob (Kayla) Smolek of Clarence, Scott Smolek of Lowden, Dustin (Kristian) Smolek of Olin; five grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Ernst and Jack (Maryanne) Ernst; and her fiance James Mackey of Tipton.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Jim.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Anamosa Journal-Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, September 7, 2017

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