SAVANNA—Darlene Reusch, 87, lifelong resident of Savanna, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City, Iowa.
A funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savanna. Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Monday, June 10, and 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be given for St. John's Catholic Church to honor Darlene's life. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Darlene was born Jan. 6, 1932, in Savanna, in the same neighborhood that she lived her entire life, the Dane Hollow neighborhood. She attended St. John The Baptist Catholic School, then graduated from Savanna High School with the Class of 1949.
On Dec. 5, 1958, Darlene married Louis Reusch. They raised three sons, Randy, Kevin and Brian, and celebrated 15 years of marriage until Louis' passing on Jan. 1, 1974.
Most of all, Darlene loved being a mom and grandma. She treasured the time with grandchildren and enjoyed playing catch in the yard, teaching her boys how to play ball. Her friends in the Dane Hollow neighborhood also meant a great deal to her throughout life.
Darlene was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, where she tried to attend Mass every day. She made many friends as she worked tending bar at Jack's Place for over 13 years, and then O'Cannovan's Pub for over 10 years. She was appreciated for her great sense of humor and friendship. Darlene was featured with her son Brian on ESPN's "We The Fans" series in 2017.
Darlene will be dearly missed by her three sons, Randy (Norma) Reusch of Elburn, Kevin Reusch (fiancé Leilani Strauch) of Savanna, and Brian Reusch of Savanna; three grandchildren, Cody Reusch and fiancé Sember Hollis, Brennan Reusch and Patrick and MJ Reusch; two great-granddaughters, Hayden and Payton; a niece, Brenda Lambert; and a nephew, Brad Lambert.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband, Louis, and a sister, Elaine Lambert.