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Darlene A. Simon

Loving daughter and sister
 Darlene A. Simon, 52, of Dracut, died Tuesday, February 2nd at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill surrounded by her loving family following a long and courageous battle with cancer.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, October 6, 1963, the daughter of William G. and Kathleen A. (Shay) Simon, she attended St. Michael Grammar School, the Immaculate Conception School and was a graduate of St. Joseph Regional High School in the Class of 1981.
 Before illness forced her retirement, Darlene was employed as a Residential Program Operations Coordinator with Community Teamwork Incorporated in Lowell for 6 years. Previously, she worked as a Secretary at Lowell General Hospital and as an Assembler with Raytheon Corporation in Lowell.
 Among her many activities, Darlene loved gardening and enjoyed spending summers at the beach. She loved taking trips with her mother to Aruba where they enjoyed many wonderful times together. She also had a great passion for her dogs "Isis" and "Nike".  Additionally, Darlene was an avid New York Yankee fan and her favorite player was Derek Jeter. Her greatest joy however was spending quality time with her family. 
 In addition to her parents, Darlene is survived by her loving brother William N. Simon of Dracut; her aunts and uncles Helen Shea of Tyngsboro, Fred and Barbara Murphy of Lowell, Roberta Collins of Dracut, David and Regina Shay of Lowell and Virginia Shay of Dracut; her great aunts and uncles Paul and Lillian Panagopoulos of Lowell, George and Jenny Panagopoulos of Dracut, Fred and Elaine Simon of Tewksbury and Ted and Elaine Panagopoulos of Pelham, NH; her cousin who was more like a sister to her, Jennifer Delossantos of Copiague, NY; her best friend Brenda Cocozziello of Hampton, NH; and many more cousins.
 Darlene is preceded in death by her uncle Richard Shay formally of Dracut, MA.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 Pawtucket ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. Her Funeral will be celebrated Saturday morning at SAINT MICHAEL CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Community Teamwork Incorporated, 155 Merrimack St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Condolences (10)
  • Brenda Cocozziello  - My deepest sympathy
    Kathy, Bill, and Billy, my deepest condolences to you all. Darlene was one of kind, she had a heart of gold and I miss her so very much. I will cherish the memories we had. God Bless Brenda
  • johnny Alvarado
    Wicked sorry for your loss,God bless her soul and may she find peace,God bless,love johnny
  • Darryl and Elaine Panagopoulos  - With Deepest Sympathies and Prayers.
    Our prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. Hugs and God comfort all of you. RIP Darlene.
  • Csaba Dorogi  - Condolences
    My deepest condolences to you Bill and the rest of your family.
  • Ron & Kathy Hubert  - Gone too soon!
    Bill and Family; So saddened to hear of Darlene's passing. Hold on to the memories to keep you strong! You are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time!
  • Delossantos Family  - Our condolences
    We were saddened to hear that our Darlene had passed. She will always have a place in our hearts. She was such an amazing aunt to Sophia and Ava, a wonderful godmother to Ava, a great cousin-in-law to me (Marvin) and a loving and special cousin and "sister" to Jennifer. We will miss her terribly but know that she will always be watching over us. Love always, Marvin, Jennifer, Sophia and Ava
  • Diane & Ed Auger
    Auntie I was Shocked and Very Sad to hear about Darlene's Passing . Words can not give you any comfort in your losing her . She was a Beautiful , Strong , Women who fought this terrible disease . I hope I can have her Courage to fight when my time comes. I remember her telling me & Kathy about how much she loved Derek Jeter and that he had the Best looking ass she ever saw. She laughed with that funny laugh saying OH Yea ! She will be missed . I know nana and Peachie was there to greet her . You and the Family are in our Prayers . Wish I could be there ; so I can hold you in my arms . Heaven got the Best now . Love you Diane
  • Kathy Harris  - condolences
    Kathy Bill & little Billy words can't express how very sorry I am Darlene was a good friend as well as cousin her smile lit up a room.God Gained another Angel.she'll be with good company .we will miss her dearly.Stay strong love u all cousin Kathy
  • Max
    Simon, Kathy, Big Bill, For some moments in life there are no words. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness I felt when I heard about Darlene passing. I have nothing but good memories of her. She treated me more like a niece than my own aunt did. She was a truly kind and beautiful soul. In the words of the great transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson: For each thorn, there's a rosebud ... For each twilight — a dawn ... For each trial — the strength to carry on ... For each storm cloud — a rainbow ... For each shadow — the sun ... For each parting — sweet memories when sorrow is done. I wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
  • Sheri Aldrich  - Heaven gained an angel
    Heaven gained an angel, at least I'd love me too see it that way. Darlene, you were so special in many different ways. You will always be in my heart. Sheri
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