Darlene Bilger, 54, residing in Sandusky, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at home surrounded by family and friends after a lengthy illness.
Darlene was born Jan. 8, 1959, in Newark, N.J., to Anthony and Clementine (Morro) Lisa.
Darlene attended David-Bearly High School in New Jersey, and was a graduate of EHOVE. She was a para-professional and was proud of her work she did in the Perkins Schools. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Erie County Fair Board, Relay for Life, Kiwanis Handicap Softball League, Friends of East Harbor, and was a 4-H Advisor for Erie Challengers. Darlene had a tremendous sense of humor, enjoyed classic cars, camping, and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Darlene is survived by her husband of 37 years, Norm Bilger; her three daughters Lisa (Mike Metzger) Bilger of Sandusky, Danielle (Eric) Wagner of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Olivia Bilger of Sandusky; one son, Shane (Emily) Bilger of Sandusky; two grandchildren, Austin and Mason Bilger of Sandusky; two sisters, Donna (Steve) Pittenger and Diane Hand; a twin; one brother Tony (Sue) Lisa; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Darlene was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Amelia Morro and Dominica Lisa; mother and father-in-law, Norman and Leona Bilger; and her two uncles, Bo and Fred Morro.
Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Friends may also call at 9 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2211 Mills St., Sandusky, with Pastor Timothy Nilsen presiding. Burial will follow in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Those wishing to contribute to Darlene's memory may do so to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; Erie County Fair Board, PO Box 2436, Sandusky, OH 44870; Friends of East Harbor, 1169 N. Buck Road, Lakeside-Marblehead, OH 43440; or to one’s favorite charity.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.