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Darlene Buckholz

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Darlene Buckholz

Forked River - I want everyone to know that I earned my wings on January 15, 2018. I was given the gift of life 54 years ago and now it's time to give it back. I was a lucky girl who led a wonderful existence and for this I am grateful. I had a terrific mom, Elizabeth Buckholz from Forked River, who's still around and a dad, Gerard, who I was really mad at when he beat me to heaven in 2016. They spoiled me with a loving home, my own room with premium cable, and tons of family vacations throughout my lifetime. I was truly treated like a diva!

I'm also leaving behind my older brother Tom Buckholz of Jackson, who was my protector and the best big brother. He also has a wife, Thomie Buckholz, and four girls, Lyndi, Lacee, Haylee, and Kolbi who I totally adored. You know, I never missed one of their dance recitals, now that's love! I also leave behind my younger sister, Geri-Lynn Van Sant, and her husband, Buddy Van Sant of Forked River. I was always the perfect and willing playmate for her when we were kids and we always had so much fun! Her husband was my favorite brother-in-law (and my only! I won't tell him that). I also leave behind tons of friends and relatives, but I must give a special shout out to my Aunt Marilyn, who was my best "girlfriend" from the day I was born.

Aside from my contagious charm, I exceled as an athlete and received many gold medals in Special Olympics in swimming, bowling, basketball and track. I was a legend. I bragged about myself to all my friends when I attended the ARC of Ocean County.

I'm really hoping heaven has happy hours, restaurants, and stores because I really enjoyed going to them. Everyone at Caffrey's, Captain's Inn, Lacey Diner, and Lacey Shop-Rite always made a huge fuss over me every time I graced them with my presence! My Dad and I look forward to food shopping together again in heaven. It was one of our favorite things to do together. Although, I can now come clean that every time Dad and I would go food shopping we'd buy a Hershey's bar, eat it in the car, and dad would hide the wrappers in his pocket from my mom. Whew! Glad that's finally off my chest!

I'm thankful to all the people in my life and I was happy to have given so much unconditional love to all of you. I know you will all miss me, but if you want to say goodbye and tell me how great I was one final time, visitation hours will be Wednesday, January 17th from 3-7pm and again on Thursday from 9:30am until time of Celebration at 10am at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Main Street in Forked River. Interment will be at St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery in Lakewood.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the organization who dedicate themselves to helping people like me throughout the years: The Lacey Elks Lodge on 900 Beach Boulevard, Forked River, NJ.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 16, 2018
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