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Lottie Darling


Lottie Shefcik Darling, age 98 of Green Pond, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, July 27, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Garfield, NJ to the late Joseph and Sofia Szefczyk. She has lived on the lake at Green Pond for the past forty years.

After graduating from Garfield High School, Lottie went to work for Bigelow Sanford Carpet Company where she met her husband, E. Wallace Darling (Wally). They were married for 66 years until Wally’s passing in 2006. Previously they lived in Teaneck, and Tenafly before moving to Green Pond. They traveled to many parts of the world and had an active social life.
Lottie was a parishioner of Saint Simon the Apostle RC Church, Green Pond, NJ, she was a member of the Green Pond Women’s Club and active in the Green Pond Yacht Club. Aside from her many artistic and design talents, and joy in renovating their homes, Lottie’s greatest love was for her family.

She was the mother of Gary Darling and his wife Jane, of Green Pond; Karen Darling Theodore and her husband George (deceased 2003) of North Caldwell, NJ; and, Donna Mead and her husband Col. Robert C. Mead of Hamden, CT. She was the cherished grandmother of five grandchildren; Suzanne Darling Dieffenbach; Debra Darling Ill; Tara Mead Joffe; Denise Mead Studebaker; and Eric Wallace Darling; and, the beloved great-grandmother of; Katya and Vladimir Dieffenbach; and, Megan, Sabrina and Ella Studebaker.

Lottie is survived by Irene Nawojczyk her sister; and O. Robert Darling, her brother-in-law and Diane Darling, her sister-in-law, many nieces and nephews who she loved, and, over the years were guests at the many parties and celebrations she hosted in her home.

Friends may visit with the family from 2-6 pm, Sunday, July 30, 2017, at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, NJ.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am on Monday, July 31, 2017, at Saint Simon the Apostle RC Church, 1010 Green Pond Road, Green Pond, NJ 07435.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Simon the Apostle RC Church, Green Pond; 1010 Green Pond Rd., Green Pond, NJ 07435; Green Pond First Aid Squad, 1 Dump Rd., Green Pond, NJ 07435; or St. Barnabas Hospice, 80 Main Street, West Orange, NJ 07502.

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So honored to have the privilege to meet and get to know such a sweet, sweet lady! She will be dearly missed by all. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Barb and Gary Logsdon

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