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Darlene White, formerly of West Chester Darlene White, 72, of Philadelphia, died Saturday, September 15, 2012, after a brief, but intense struggle with illness. Born in Chicago, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Helen Etchingham and wife of Dr. Joseph G. White, also deceased. A longtime resident of West Chester, Darlene earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and spent her career in Chester County's Children/Youth Services helping families. She continued to help others after her retirement by contributing to several charities such as Doctors Without Borders. She was also active in the National Society for Historic Preservation. Darlene very much enjoyed travel and cultural events such as opera and musical theater. She had a keen interest in politics and was a card carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union. A voracious reader, Darlene read several books a month and particularly enjoyed mysteries. She was an expert as solving crossword puzzles and completed the New York Times crossword each week in ink. She is survived by her two children, Peter I. White (Monica) of Downingtown and Rebekah R. Kreutz (Jeffrey) of Bozeman, Mont. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Abigail and Reilly Rose Kreutz, also of Bozeman; and her brother, Kurt Etchingham (Barbara) of Oak Park, Ill. Services, followed by a luncheon, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 26, at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 212 South High Street, West Chester, following a private cremation. In lieu of flowers, Darlene would wish contributions be made to West Chester Salvation Army.

Published in The Daily Local on Sept. 23, 2012
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