Darlene J. Bickle, age 84 of Sandwich, IL passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 7, 1938, in Geneva, IL and was the daughter of Donald R and Evelyn (McCloud) Linden.
Darlene was united in marriage on March 31, 1962, to Carl I. Bickle Sr and they spent the next 42 years happily together until his passing on January 26, 2004. Darlene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Darlene is survived by her children, Jerry (Karen) Bickle of Columbia City, IN, Cindy (Bruce) Mathew of Onalaska, WI and Carl “Chip” (Kim) Bickle Jr. of Sandwich, IL; her grandchildren, Jared and Jordan, both of Columbia City, IN and Jessica of Milford, IN, William of Somonauk, IL, Josh and Dakota of Sandwich, IL; her brother, Michael (Bette) Franzen of Bolingbrook, IL, her sisters Janet Trader of N. Fort Myers, FL and Donna (Manny) Gonzalez of Aurora, IL; her three nieces and four nephews and seven great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl I. Bickle Sr, her father, Donald Linden, her mother and much loved stepfather, Evelyn and John Franzen, her stepmom, Betty Linden, her sisters, Theresa Greene and Barbara Keasler and her grandson, Cory Michael Griffin.
Darlene began her career in 1974 as a Bookkeeper for Houston and Associates and continued as a Bookkeeper for Sikich LLP until her retirement in December of 2013. In her retirement years, she genuinely enjoyed spending the winter months with her sister and best friend, Janet Trader, in N. Fort Myers, FL. Darlene also loved and cherished her time playing cards and spending time with her family.
The family would like to thank and acknowledge the wonderful staff at Vitas Hospice, especially her nurse, Amy; comfort care nurse Tina and her aides, Courtney and Sarah and Pastor Grieves. We could not have been on this journey with our mom without their support.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Vitas Hospice 1040 4th Street, Peru, IL 61354 or Helping Hands of Cross Lutheran Church at 8609 IL-47, Yorkville, IL 60560.
A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at the Nelson Funeral Home, 1275 South Countyline Road, Sandwich, IL. Interment will be private.
Friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at the Funeral Home in Sandwich, IL. A meal will be provided by the family following the funeral service.
Arrangement by Nelson Funeral Home & Crematory, www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or (815) 786-6461.
If tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not here to see,
If the sun should rise you find your eyes all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you
And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand.