Darlene M. Rach, 81, Kohler, passed away late Thursday evening, September 1, 2022 at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan.
Darlene was born March 2, 1941 in New Holstein, the daughter of Gilbert “Gibby” and Matilda “Tilly” (Toman) Karls. She graduated from New Holstein High School in 1959.
On June 2, 1962, she was united in marriage with James “Jim” Rach at Holy Rosary Church in New Holstein. He preceded her in death in 2012.
She went on to work at HUI Manufacturing, Tecumseh, Kohler Company, and lastly at Bemis Manufacturing where she retired from in 2003.
Darlene was a member of St. John Evangelist Catholic Parish in Kohler, as well as the Red Hat Society and Sheboygan Elks Club. She enjoyed playing cards and Yahtzee, doing crossword puzzles, trips to the casino, reading, and above all spending time with her family. She was a great mother and grandmother. A music lover, she loved to listen and dance to polka music, especially Don Peachey and Frankie Yankovic. She was a fluent accordion player, who shared her music with her father when he was in a care facility. She was generous, helpful, supportive,
caring, strong, resilient and anyone who knew her, a bit stubborn. Most recently, her sense of humor flourished and brought great joy to those around her. Her family and friends could always tell when she had something to say or question by her sly smile and grin.
Darlene is survived by her children: Michelle (Don) MacLeod of CA and Michael (Karen) Rach of Sheboygan; grandchildren Ian MacLeod and Joshua Rach; sister Karen (Maurice) Germain of Chilton; nieces, nephews, other relatives and true lifelong friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband Jim, sister Joan (Lionel) Hellmer, her parents and in-laws Leo and Selma Rach.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 6706 Superior Ave. in Kohler. Father Jonathon Schmeckel will officiate. The family will receive visitors at the chapel on Saturday from 10:00-11:00AM. Entombment will take place at Gardens of Peace Mausoleum beside Jim.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the National Scoliosis Foundation. Darlene struggled with this disease for many years. Donations can be made at https://www.scoliosis.org/donate/ . Check Tribute Gift and enter the following information; Honoree: Darlene Rach, Email Name: Michelle, Email: IHO.Darlene@earthlink.net.
The Rach family would like to thank the staff of St. Nicholas Hospital, Sheboygan Health Services and Terrace Place for their compassionate and loving care. As well as the pastoral care that was given to Darlene during her final moments.
The Wenig Funeral Home – Sheboygan Falls (920-467-3431) is assisting the family. Please visit www.wenigfh.com for more information and online condolences.