Mass of Christian burial will be held for Mrs. Darlene Ann Checki Duben, 72, of Nacogdoches at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Monsignor James E. Young officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, with rosary to follow at Laird Funeral Home. Darlene Ann Checki Duben fell asleep in the Lord on the morning of Thursday, March 6, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Anthony J. Duben, who survives. She was born March 27, 1941, in Fond du Lac, Wis., the eldest child of David and Mary Seurer Checki, who had preceded her in death. Her sister, Barbara Checki Julka, also preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Anthony; and two brothers, Peter Checki of Oshkosh, Wis., and John Checki of Fond du Lac, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews and their children. Darlene earned a B.A. in history and elementary education from Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wis.; an M.A. in elementary education and supervision from the University of Iowa
in Iowa City, Iowa, and a specialist degree in school administration from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Most of her professional career had been as an elementary school teacher
in Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri. She was especially fond of music, theater, opera and ballet. She enjoyed travel, and loved animals, especially cats. She was an avid rose gardener and planted flowering plants to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. When she lived in Missouri, she monitored the spring and fall migrations of song birds on the Mississippi fly way. She was a member of Sacred Hearth Catholic Parish in Nacogdoches. Although she was childless, she was an active volunteer in pro-life services to women and children when she resided in Missouri. In her remembrance and in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Heartbeat of Nacogdoches in support of their work. The Knights of Columbus will serve as pallbearers. To convey condolences or to sign an online register please visit www.lairdfh.net.Funeral arrangements are being made by Laird Funeral Home of Nacogdoches.