Darlene Marie Owen

July 17, 1947 ‒ January 04, 2020

Westerville, Ohio

Darlene Marie (Brennan) Owen, 72, passed away peacefully January 4, 2020 at Mt. Carmel East surrounded by her family. Darlene adored her family including her devoted husband of 51 years, three loving children and her precious grandchildren. Darlene lived to help others. She was a devout member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, serving as a eucharistic minister as well as serving on several committees. She volunteered at W.A.R.M. and visited the sick and those in need of comfort. Her warm, friendly personality made her an instant friend to all she met, and she had a smile and twinkling eyes that could light up a room. Darlene graduated from Mother of Sorrows High School near Chicago, then married and moved to Ohio with her family. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Otterbein College, then a Master’s Degree from Mt. St. Joseph’s in Cincinnati. Darlene taught kindergarten for 27 years in the Westerville school district and loved every minute of it.

Darlene loved to swim, take walks on the beach, travel to places near and far, play euchre, eat lunch out with her friends, but mostly “Grandma Dar” loved to spoil her grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy; father Edward; and older brother, Denny. Survivors include husband, Anthony; children, Anthony Joseph Owen (Allison), Christine Michele Zepfel (Robert), and William Joseph Owen (Donielle); and beloved grandchildren, Jack, Lyssa, Sophia, Brett, Ainsley, Haylie, Maren, plus one on the way in April, as well as brother, John Brennan (Karen); and sister, Maureen Rupert (David).

Calling hours will be held from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Devore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61, (at SR 3), Sunbury.   Mass of Christian Burial, 10 am, Saturday at St. John Neumann, 9633 E. State Route 37, Sunbury.  Father Paul Noble, Celebrant.  In lieu of flowers, Darlene would love for you to donate to the Central Ohio Spina Bifida Alliance (COSBA), 7239 Upper Cambridge Way, Westerville, OH 43082 www.centralohiospinabifidaalliance.blogspot.com, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 269 Hanover Street, Hanover, MA 02339 www.bafound.org, or a Catholic Charity of your choice.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Darlene’s family.  Please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com to share a memory or condolence with her family.

  • Peace to Tony and the family during this time of sorrow and loss. It is my wish that during this period of your celebration of Darlene’s life, that your fond memories will give you comfort and peace.

    Bob Hill
    One of hundreds of Tony’s golf buddies

  • I never had a chance to meet Darlene, but heard so much about her from her son Bill. Your family was truly blessed to have such a great woman in your lives. I know she will be missed and loved by many, I’m sorry I never had a chance to meet her. May you rest in peace, and may God help your family heal and treasure her time with you.

  • Tony and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Darlene sounds like a wonderful woman who will be missed by many.

    Bruce Kibler
    A golfing buddy

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Mrs.Owen was not only my kindergarten teacher but a huge role model throughout my entire life, attending my wedding and those running into each other at stores and catching up on life. She was truly someone who had a heart of gold, she will be greatly missed.

  • Words cannot express the gratitude I have for the opportunity to be one of Darlene’s friends. She was everything good that a Christian and a person should be. She loved her God, her husband, her family, and her friends. I never remember her face without a smile unless she was showing concern for someone. I don’t remember seeing her without experiencing a warm hug of friendship. She was happy, gracious, strong, tender, fun, and full of life. She made us all better people! I am grateful for her and miss my dear friend!!
    I pray that all of you, her beloved family will find strength and comfort from God.

  • My condolences go out to Darlene’s family and friends. I knew Darlene for a very short time thru my association with a Faith Sharing group from St. John Neumann parish. Even though my time with her was short, I felt a warmth around her that made me want to be close to her. She projected a great love for her faith, family and everyone she met.
    May she Rest In Peace and May perpetual light shine on her.

  • I was so very sorry to hear of Darlene’s hospitalization and passing. She was such a truly good and friendly person. All her swimming friends miss her already, and I’ll personally miss her smile on weekday mornings at the pool and will always remember how much she loved it when we could swim outdoors in the summer.

    Kate Lewicki

  • Beautifulully said…our thoughts and prayers are with you….she was a wonderful person as her family reflects.

  • Tony, Anthony, Chrissy & Billy,
    On behalf of the entire Define Family please accept our most sincere condolences. Your Mother was a beautiful soul full of love & faith. There are so many wonderful memories of our families being together. My Mother & Father loved her so very much and now they are together again in Heaven. Find comfort in knowing how much she loved you all.

    John & Lisa (Define) Bodell
    Jeff & Tracey Define
    Greg & Tonya Define

  • Tony and family, My most heartfelt condolences for your loss. I will always remember Darlene’s sweet smile. She was a lovely person. My family and I appreciate all the hard work that Darlene and you have done over the years for Sterling Glen. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • Darlene was an amazing teacher and friend. Her love of life and infectious laugh was the highlight of many of my days! She was the embodiment of joy! I am glad to have known her.

  • Tony,

    Darlene’s cousin Linda called to let me know. You and your family are in our prayers. May your faith bring you comfort and may your memories of all that you have shared together and will yet share together warm your heart.


  • Chrissy and Family,

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Darlene was one of the kindest, sincere people I’ve ever known. Our conversations were always of celebrations, love and concerns for our beautiful, amazing children and grand-children. The pride she had was so evident. My memories will be that evertime we were together I was greeted with a warm hug and smile, followed by, “How’s your family”. I believe she was an inspiration to all who knew her. Hold onto all the memories and joy she leaves. She will be missed!

  • All three of my girls were lucky enough to have Mrs. Owen as their kindergarten teacher and she presented my oldest her HS diploma 12 years later. Everyone should be so fortunate. She was a wonderful, kind, practical, and gentle teacher. It’s good to know she loved teaching as much as we loved sharing that part of our life with her. I am certain a good percentage of Westerville feels the same. We will miss seeing her around town.

  • I just learned of Darlene’s passing and wanted to let those who loved her know that she will be deeply missed by all of her “pool buddies” at the Westerville Community Center where she brightened our days with her wonderful smile and kind, caring presence. We talked often and I never heard her say an unkind word. I take comfort knowing that she is with God and my prayers are with her family and friends. Let us honor her memory by our small acts of kindness and by making our little corner of the world brighter just as she did.