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On Tuesday, August 9, 2011, Darlene J. (Wolfe) Funk, 77, of Merritt Island, lovingly known as "Nanny" passed away peacefully with loved-ones at her side. Darlene was born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania on August 26, 1933, daughter of David and Margaret Wolfe.
She was employed by the Holiday Inn and Hilton on Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach for over 35 years. Her hobbies included fishing, cooking, her pets, and thrift-shopping. Her greatest joy in life was her family.
Throughout her illness, Darlene maintained a very brave, stoic attitude on the inevitability of death; always taking comfort in the knowledge that pain and suffering were non-existent in heaven.
She is survived by her sons, Larry (Ada) Winters, Alabama, Stephen Winters, Florida; daughter, Sherry (Larry) Vanderlinden, Alaska; sister, Twila Patterson, Maryland; nephews, Steve Patterson, Florida and Dana Patterson, Maryland; grandchildren, Lisa (Carlos) Huerta, Alabama, Lynn (Randy) Little, Florida, William (Farida) Winters, Florida, Lucas Winters, Alabama, Lauren Winters, California, April Vanderlinden, Alaska, Kenny (Corinne) Winters, Florida, Logan Winters, Alabama, Lee Winters, Alabama; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Anthony, Carlos, and Lily Winters all of Alabama, Gavin Little of Florida and Danacia Winters of Florida. She is also survived by close-family friend, Jessica Figueroa, and her longest and dearest friend in the world, June Paule.
She was preceded in death by her son, William "Billy" Winters, of Merritt Island, FL.
A memorial service will be held at the Health Center of Merritt Island, 500 Crockett Blvd., Friday, August 19th at 2:00 p.m.
Island Cremations and Funeral Services
405 N. Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, FL 32952
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Aug. 18, 2011