Darlene Kay Gaul

March 25, 1950 ‒ May 27, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Simple acts of creativity, done mindfully, bring joy, restore hope and mend the soul. From the hundreds of baby clothes Darlene Gaul sewed to her imaginative work in the kitchen, her focus was clearly on using her talents to bless others. Most of those baby clothes benefited clients of Richland Pregnancy Services, and her gingerbread houses and Christmas cut-out cookies went to many friends and family. Darlene’s heart focused on others.

Darlene Gaul went to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from Lexington Court Care Center. She was 70.

Born March 25, 1950 in Mansfield to Charles H. and Leora May (Heston) Gaul, she was graduated from Lexington High School in 1968 and spent all of her life in the Lexington area. She worked as a professional seamstress sewing everything from costumes for the grandkids to tackling wedding dresses. Darlene had the gift to combine three patterns into a custom gown.

Darlene always taught primary, elementary, and high school Sunday school in whatever church she was attending, and was currently a member of Fusion Church in Lexington.

She will be remembered for the happiness of her spirit, the kindness of her heart and her constant smile. Her sense of humor could lean a bit sarcastic, and she quickly adapted scripture as an admonition or correction.

She is survived by her children Rachael (Rick) Arneson and Sarah (Brian) McCann all of Lexington and Benjamin (Jenifer) Kauffman of Newark; grandchildren Elizabeth Arneson, Seth (Umsunay) Arneson, Joshua (Riley Kemmerling) Arneson, Zoe (Tommy) Canfield, Olivia McCann, Maximus McCann, Alyssa (Haley Hamlin) Kauffman, Kaitlyn Kauffman, Hannah Kauffman and Breyland; great grandchildren Ernest, Kayden, Krislynn, Koraline and Kinley; and brothers Louis (Diana) Gaul of Mansfield, Charles (Helen) Gaul of Lexington and Rick (Tammy) Gaul of Johnstown.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law Jenny Kauffman; and sisters Phyllis Stehle and Gloria Diemer.

A future memorial service is planned. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is serving her family.

Contributions in her memory to Fusion Church or The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) may be forwarded to the funeral home: P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, 44904.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Darlene’s family, share a special memory or note of support with them online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • I’ve always loved Darlene. Even though I haven’t seen her in years she always was and will always be my best friend.
    When Cabbage Patch dolls were impossible to find and even more impossible to afford she made one for my daughter and made her Christmas.

    • Awe thanks Barb, you were always a good good friend to her!!! So kind of you to post that!!! She was always kind and generous and thinking of others!!! What a great story, so simple but meant so much to your daughter!!! God bless you and your family!!!!

  • Prayers and thoughts with the family. She was an amazing person. I will truly miss her.

    • Thank you for being there for her. She always felt comforted when you were her nurse.

  • Such a sweet lady, heart of gold, woman of God. She will be dearly missed. Love to all of you.
    The Garrett’s.

  • Darlene was a very special person. Red Ribbon Sisters was so much fun with her. Blessings to all of you. She loved you very much.

  • Darlene was a wonderful lady! I will miss her Sunday hugs. I am thankful I got to know her over the years.
    God bless you all!
    Tara Rose

  • Such a sweet woman of God. She will be missed but we celebrate her new promotion. She is dancing in Heaven with her King, Jesus.

  • I was just thinking about your family and how much I enjoyed my time there. I wish your family peace and love through this time.

    • Thank you Heather for your condolences. I remember my mom hiding the fact that she was making the cabbage patch doll for you so I didn’t tell you about it. She didn’t want me to ruin the surprise. 😊

  • Rick & Tammy and family,

    We are saddened to hear of your loss and will keep you in our prayers. May your memories of Darlene be a blessing.

    Tim & Jane Gorka

    • Thanks Tim & Jane!!! Your condolences mean a lot!!! We are thankful to Jesus that we will be together again for eternity where there will be no more pain or sorrow!!! Nothing better than that!!!
      Love you all!!!

  • My condolences to the Gaul family. MANY years ago (lol) I worked at what used to be Quick Chek in Lexington. Darlene came in once in a while and she was a very nice lady. You are all in my prayers. 🙏

  • I will always cherish the time Darlene & I spent in Home Economics class. She was a awesome seamstress in home economics class & helped me with my projects which I will never forget. One of my biggest regrets was losing contact with her after graduation but was glad to visit her at the thrift store about one year ago. Heaven is gaining a very special lady . The whole family has my deepest sympathy. 🙏🙏

  • Sending heartfelt sympathy for Darlene, I actually saw her in Wal Mart about 3 or so years ago, she was riding in a cart. We had a good chat and vowed to get together. That never happened. But keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    Your Cousin,

    Esther Reamsnider Turner
    Houston, Texas

  • So sorry to hear of Darlenes passing. I had alot of fun with Darlene while working at Joseph’s storehouse Thrift store in Lexington. She was so fun and such a nice person. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Such a wonderful woman who always had an open door for all of us kids ❤️ I have the most fond memories of spending time in her home growing up as the tagalong kid: to grandma and grandpa’s house, church, the Lexington ball fields and also always ending up at her house after the last day of school to get all of the shaving cream sprayed off with her garden hose while she laughed. I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Mother and Grandmother. You will be in my thoughts and prayers today and in the time to come.

    • Thank you for sharing the wonderful memories. She so enjoyed “helping” us hose off the shaving cream.

  • Darlene was a part of Ontario Class of 1968 in spirit. Although she graduated from Lexington in 1968 ; she was forever would be included in our class reunions.We would send invitations to her and she would make the effort to attend. She had such a wonderful smile and distinctive laugh. It was always good to see her.
    May God hold her family in the palm of his hand and give them peace.

  • To the family of Darlene: I am saddened to read of Darlene’s passing. Our loss is Heaven’s gain and I am thankful her suffering is done. Darlene and I were childhood neighbors and spent many days riding our bikes all over the neighborhood and playing with our child size dolls. Unfortunately I lost touch with her over the years but would occasionally talk with her by phone or Facebook and catch up a little. She was a fun friend, and I can still hear her awesome laugh. I know her Dad and Mom are holding her tightly now and i hope her earthly family finds comfort in knowing you too will again be with her one day. I know she will be greatly missed by her family but I hope the you can all support each other and help each other during this difficult time. R.I.P my dear friend.

  • I saw Darlene at church services a few years ago and we got to catch up on our lives. We were friends when our children were young and we all went to the Lexington church of Christ. I have great memories of her and her family. She will be missed

  • I’m so sorry to hear that Darlene has passed away. I met her a few years ago and instantly loved her. She was an excellent seamstress. She was so kind hearted and treated us like family. I’m honored to have known her. My deepest condolences to Rachel and family.

  • I will miss her very much after getting with her at Lex Court. She will always be one of my greatest friends. We had so much fun in our get together a in the present and remembering old times. All the times we spent together talking about past memories with the kids. I was upset when I couldn’t see her anymore. So I just made more phone calls until towards the end that she didn’t answer. I would really like to be included in any get together later on so I can talk to you kids. Love you all.

    • I know mom really enjoyed your visits, she always looked forward to them.

      I will make sure you are informed when we make plans for her memorial.

      Best Regards