Darlene Akers

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Darlene Akers passed away at the Guttenberg Care Center on Dec. 16, 2020.

Private family graveside services were held.

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

She was born on a farm near Garber on May 26, 1927, to Malcolm and Opal (Harris) Harbaugh. She graduated from Colesburg High School in 1944. After graduation, she worked at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids until meeting her future husband. Darlene married Harley Akers on May 23, 1953, at St. Paul’s Church in Guttenberg. Four children were born to this union.

Darlene enjoyed being around people and her job choices reflected that. She spent many years owning and operating the Corner Cafe with her mother and husband. After the restaurant business, she was a secretary at Guttenberg Community School, a job where she loved the kids and the staff.

Darlene was a huge Elvis Presley fan. She collected many Elvis souvenirs throughout the years, and thanks to her brother, Larry, and his wife, Eva, she had the joy of visiting Graceland. She never did get a drivers’ license, but did enjoy shopping, so she became an “armchair shopper” before it was cool. Another passion she had was jewelry; she wore it religiously and always had plenty of back-up.

Darlene was a member St. Paul’s Church, a member of TOPS for several years which allowed her the enjoyment of attending some of the TOPS conventions. She was also a lifelong member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Darlene especially enjoyed spending time and celebrations with her children, grandchildren, extended family and friends. After her husband passed away, she was very fortunate to be surrounded by a special group of gal pals. These ladies shared many adventures, gatherings and just plain fun. This group embraced the phrase “Live, Laugh, Love.”

She will be deeply missed by her children, Sharon (Luke) Kellner, Jim (Lynda) Akers, and Judy (Steve) Clefisch; grandchildren, Adam (Jessica) Sornchai, Alex (Kristina) Sornchai, Lexi Sornchai, Mike Kellner, Tim Kellner, Gabe (Sarah) Kellner, Jessica (Nate) Nall, Danny Akers, Melanie Akers, Nichole (Mike) Plagge, and Travis Clefisch; 11 great-grandchildren with another on the way; brother, Larry (Eva) Harbaugh; sister-in-law, Marjorie Akers; cousins; nieces; nephews and friends.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother; her husband in 1994; daughter, Susan Sornchai in 2007, and son-in-law, Peerapong Sornchai in 2020.

Darlene always enjoyed reading, and had a special love for cats. Memorials may be directed to the Guttenberg Library, the Humane Society or an organization of choice.

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