Darlene Mae “Pork” Lamer (nee Bender), 77, of Fredericksburg, Va., peacefully passed away in her home 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 for several years. After selling her salon, she worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Columbia, S.C., and Jacksonville, Fla. Upon retirement in 2008, she permanently relocated to Fredericksburg to be closer to her family.
Darlene was a Christian and member of the Pine Flats Baptist Church. She served almost 10 years on the Purchase Line school board. Darlene was an amazing cook and baker, and 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 were her seven children, 16 grandchildren and her 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.
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