Darlene Kay Paquette, 72, of Dover, passed away Thursday, April 29, 2021 at home.
Mrs. Paquette was born Aug. 29, 1948 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, to the late Kermit Patterson and Janet Fields Patterson.
She moved to Dover in 1983 and had worked at Nichols Department store for several years as a department manager, then Gordons Jewelers in the Blue Hen Mall before working for Zales in the Dover Mall, retiring in 2020 after 31 years, the majority of which were as manager. Mrs. Paquette was a member of the Magnolia United Methodist Church and was a Penn State football fan. She loved to bowl and enjoyed spending time outdoors enjoying the sun.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Terry Patterson.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Roger N. Paquette Jr. of Dover; children, Carrie Straub and her husband Dylan of New Castle, Delaware, Machelle Bickel, of Dover, Scott Bickel, of Dover, Georgianna McKnight and her husband, Brian, of Osceola, Iowa, and Roger Paquette III and his wife, Jennifer, of Smyrna; sister, Kathy Hamer and her husband, Rick, of Spruce Creek, Pennsylvania; her grandchildren, Amanda, Joshua, Faith, Austin, Rachel, Gage, Jordan, Kaine, John, CarrieAnn, Andrew, Alexis, Dakota, Aimmee, Elysia, Christopher, Danielle, and Blake; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held 5 p.m., Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road (Rt.10), Dover. Friends may call one hour prior.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc., 165 Commerce Way, Suite 2, Dover, DE 19904.
Letters of condolence may be sent and guestbook signed at www.torbertfuneral.com.
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