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Born: Feb 18, 1943

Date of Passing: May 19, 2019

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(nee RICKER)
February 18, 1943 - May 19, 2019

Surrounded by family, Darlene passed away on May 19, 2019.
Left to mourn is her husband Les, daughter Karen Komar (Troy), stepson Jeff, grandkids, Jaken and Wynn Nelson, Jami and Cory Lemon, along with numerous family, friends and cats, Patches and Smokey.
Darlene was predeceased by her mom Ernestine, Aunt and Uncle who raised her, Alice and James Ricker, along with her sister Marlene Harlock and cousin Shelly Lepine.
We would like to thank the staff in the SICU of HSC, especially Kelsey and Ben. Their compassion was immeasurable.
Flowers are graciously declined, if friends so wish, donations may be made to Craig Street Cats, 16-1421 St. James Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y9 or www.craigstreetcats/donate
Funeral service will take place May 31, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Burrin Avenue, Winnipeg. A luncheon will follow.

Arrangements entrusted to:
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 25, 2019

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Dear Darlene: Your were my first friend/neighbor in my new neighbourhood many, many years ago. Life was sweet back then. We were young. I was just recently married, living in my new home on Seven Oaks, and had a wonderful kitten named Smokey. It was a very cold winter at that time. We would reluctantly let our cat out in the morning, and to our grave concern, he did not return before we left for work. Yet every day he met us loyally at the back door with no frostbite and no signs of distress. He just looked happy to see us. This went on for many weeks, even months, when dear Darlene discovered that Smokey indeed had a home (much to her surprise!). Apparently, while we were concerned for his whereabouts, she was equally concerned he was homeless and of course neglected, and she lovingly let him in every morning into her kitty day care to spend the day. He had found his daytime home away from home and loved it. Darlene and I soon become friends. She was still suspicious that Smokey was neglected and kept a close eye on him. He soon become beloved to us both. Sooner or later, Darlene introduced me to my friends Bev and Agnes and we sort of became a foursome. We took very long walks together and bowled together and just loved to spend time together. These gals were always there for me, even after I moved far away from the neighbourhood. They were at my side with each of my four babies, when my husband passed, and when I had my knee surgery. As time passed, I saw less and less of them, but they were always in my hearts. We sadly lost Agnes a short while back and now there are just the two of us, Bev and I. I have very fond memories of my years in my little house in my West K. neighbourhood. Those were the sweet years. Our kids were young and we had the world by the tail. Time passes and little by little we forget the charm of those days. We become frail. Life seems to pass before our eyes. But one thing remains the same and that is the meaning of true friendship. You will be missed Darlene. Even your shenanigans! Love eternally, your dear friend, Donna. God Bless You and your family! - Posted by: Donna Matsyk (Friend) on: May 31, 2019

  • I met Darlene while working in the Department of Labour. She was always helpful and friendly. Darlene was always busy keeping things in order and trying her best every time. She retired about the same time and I'm sure they didn't realize what they had until she was gone. - Posted by: Laura Isbister (Former co-worker) on: May 29, 2019

  • I was so sorry to hear about Darlene's passing. She will be dearly missed. Les and Karen, please accept my sincere condolences. - Posted by: Lynne Scott (friend) on: May 25, 2019

  • My deepest sympathies to the family. Darlene was a second Mom to us. - Posted by: Tanya Kreil (Wodzicki) (Close family friend) on: May 25, 2019

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