Darlene Mae Lamer née Bender

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Darlene Mae Pork Lamer née Bender, 77, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Darlene was a 1960 graduate of Punxsutawney High School and later received her cosmetology license from the Johnstown Beauty Academy. Darlene owned and operated DJ’s With Style salon in Indiana, Pa. for several years. After selling her salon, she worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Columbia, South Carolina, and then in Jacksonville, Florida. Upon retirement in 2008, she permanently relocated to Fredericksburg, Virginia, to be closer to her family.

Darlene was a Christian and member of the Pine Flats Baptist Church. She also served on the Purchase Line School Board for almost ten years. Darlene was an amazing cook and baker. She was famous for her made-from-scratch meals, Sunday night pizzas and delicious cookies, cakes and pies. Darlene also loved watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, knitting blankets, doing crosswords, dancing to Motown and country music, reading books and taking your money in Friday night poker games. Her greatest love and source of pride was her seven children, sixteen grandchildren and one great-grandson. Survivors include her children, Carla Hindle, Lesa Marcolini (Frank), Robert Berringer (Susan), Denise Draganza (Ernie), Mary Frampton (Richard), Jeannine Yanez (Patrick) and Brian Lamer; grandchildren Alex, Alanna, Dominic, Carri, Kyle, Samantha, Kasey, Lino, Genevieve, Lucy, Cooper, Josey, Emily, Michael, Gabe and Joe; great-grandson Hudson; sister Shirley Mears; and several loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Belva O. Yohe Bender; brothers Herman and Guy Tinker Bender (Norma); and sister Eleanor Pennington (Frank). Darlene’s family will celebrate her life in a private memorial. An online guestbook is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Published in The Punxsutawney Spirit from September 14 to September 16, 2019