Pepper, Darlene

November 19, 1953 ~ April 29, 2024

PEPPER, Darlene Helen – Age 70 passed away on Monday, April 29, 2024 at her home. Beloved wife of Gerald Pepper. Loving mother of Steve, Stacey (Brian) Vanleerzem and Scott (Bridget). Special grandmother of Jeff (Emily), Jake (Leanne), Janessa (Robert), Kaley, Tika, Drew, Dray and Dylen. Cherished great-grandmother of Karter, Kolbie, Kolson, Krosby, Jack, Leni and Summer. Dear sister of Carol and Charlene. Predeceased by her mother Colette Myers (Nee Mantha) 2008. She will be missed by all who knew her. Darlene was proudly involved in Brigden Minor baseball, the women’s institution, Brigden Fire Department, Ladies Auxiliary, Brigden Fairgrounds and Cub Scouts. Special thanks to Dr. Allison Crombeen, Dr. Casandra Taylor, Dr. Janet Pope and the many medical staff from the VON and Bluewater Health Palliative Care.

Funeral Details
Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, Brigden on Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 11am to 1pm. Funeral service will be held from the funeral home on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 1:00pm.

Sympathy may be express through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or Brigden Legion Branch 635 (Cenotaph upgrade fund).

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  1. Gerry and family, my deepest condolences. Darlene will be missed by all that knew her .

  2. Stacey, Brian and Family
    I just read online this afternoon of the passing of your mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Please accept my sincere condolences to all of you at this sad time.

  3. Thoughts and prayers with Gerry and Family on your loss. I always enjoyed doing Fire Prevention with Darlene and Gerry.
    Tom & Peggy Boon

  4. To the Pepper family,
    When some of my days in Brigden were not the best, I could always count on a smile and a wave from Darlene. She was a bright spot in my days at the law office where some people were not always so kind. Her lovely smile kept me confident that things were okay. After I moved on, I missed Darlene’s smile and wave and the knowledge that there were truly good people in this world. Brigden has lost a bright light. Thank you Darlene.

  5. Dear Stacey, I was saddened to learn of your mom’s passing. I have many fond memories of “Dar” travelling with the Girls Basketball Team.

  6. She will be greatly missed and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    My condolences to the family

  7. Dear Steve, Drew and family so sorry for your loss. Big hugs go out to you guys and your family in these difficult times. Remember the good times this will help you through the tough times. Love from Jim & Sherry Snider

  8. My prayers for the Pepper family. May wonderful memories help you with your sadness.

  9. We are so sorry to hear of Darlene’s passing. Our sincerest condolences to Gerry and all the family. I always enjoyed our chats when she came into the office. She will be missed by so many.

  10. Deepest condolences to Gerry and the family in this difficult time. Darlene has left the world, but will never leave our hearts.

  11. To Gerry and family Sad to hear the bad news. Didn’t know that Darlene was sick. Nancy told us. Over the years I always felt that the Peppers were a hard luck family, now this. Cling to your family Gerry, that’s where your strength is. Cousins Michael and Linda.

  12. Gerry and family. So sorry to hear of Darlene’s passing. She had the best smile and was always ready with a comeback. I remember watching her calmly wipe up some wine, beer and whiskey that was “ spilled “ on a kitchen table and then wringing out the cloth on my head. And yes, I deserved it. We will miss her and send our condolences.

  13. Sorry to hear about Darlene’s passing Gerry and family. You have my condolences she was a great lady. Always working for the community.

  14. So very sorry to hear of Darlene’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. We still tell the story of her not getting a beverage when we were in Tennessee because she did not have any ID. It is amazing the wonderful people you meet through sports and we met her with baseball.
    Our deepest condolences to the Pepper family.

  15. I have very fond memories of Darlene. I had the pleasure of teaching her kids and therefore working with her to help them learn. She treated me as a friend rather than just a teacher and through it all the relationship worked. A huge supporter of our school and very proud of the Brigden Brave programs. I had the privilege of coaching her children and they were fantastic athletes. We understood each other and am so thankful for all that she represented in my life.
    My condolences to her family. You will miss her. Thank you God for putting Darlene Pepper into my life. A true treasure that could disagree with you but someone I learned a great deal from.
    Mr. D.

  16. So sorry to hear of Darlene’s passing, she was a wonderful lady. I always enjoyed running into her and Gerry and catching up.

  17. Gerry, Steve, Stacey, Scott and all your family, it’s so very hard I know when this happens to a family, but you know that through all the tears and pain that you are going through right now, she’s not.
    She’s looking down on you all and is very proud of her strong and loving family who grew through all her love that she gave each and everyone of you.
    I’m sending hugs to you all and I hope that she gives Todd a hug from his Mom.

  18. Condolences Pepper family Darlene always made us feel so welcomed I will always remember our time at baseball under the Pepper tree at Tecumseh park Darlene now has her angel wings looking down at us all

  19. Gerry, Steve, Drew, Stacey, Scott and the families. Our deepest & most sincere condolences to you all for the loss of your dear wife, mother , grandmother and great grandmother. She will be missed. Cherish the many wonderful memories you have made through the years. If I may – an old Irish saying – “Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, Unheard, but always near, Forever loved, forever dear.” I know she was your shining light, just remember she now shines in heaven! Rest easy Darlene. Love & Hugs – Gord & Linda O’Neil

  20. Dear uncle Jerry,
    I am grateful to have had you and Aunt Darlene take Dwayne and I into your home in Sarnia that summer in the 70s.
    You are both so kind. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray you will feel the love of your family in these sad times. God bless you and hold you close to his loving heart.

  21. Ron and I are sorry for your loss Gerry and Family. Darlene was a great lady. May wonderful memories help you all through this sad time. Our thoughts are with you all…..

  22. Our deepest condolences to Gerry and family on the loss of such a wonderful lady. We so admired her love and devotion to her family. We will definitely cherish our memories of times spent with Darlene and Gerry.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Joe, Sarah and Trevor Syer

  23. Gerry and family, I’m so sorry to read this. Deepest condolences to all of you at this time. Darlene always lifted my spirits whenever I saw her.

  24. Brian and I send our condolences to Gerry and the Pepper family at this sad time. Darlene was a lovely person and a community oriented volunteer. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

  25. My condolences to your family. Learned so much from Darlene. She was always there to help me when I needed help. I will remember those times. Love always

  26. My deepest sympathy to your family. Such a kind & friendly lady. Always looked forward to seeing her on her front porch for the Brigden Fair. My prayers are with you all at this sad time.❤️

  27. Gerrymandering and families sorry to hear of your loss Darlene was a great lady Linda japp and family

  28. Gerry and family we were sorry to hear of Darlene passing , she was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed by all. Our thoughts are with you all.

  29. My condolences to the family. ,and the memories help them threw these tough times. May the good Lord meet you at heavens gate dear Sister love Charlene &Bill

  30. Gerry, Steve, Stacey, Scott and Families
    Darlene will always be remembered as a beautiful and loving lady. Cherish all the memories and laughter of Darlene in your hearts. She will live forever within you ❤️

  31. Gerry and family
    Sincere condolences on your loss Darlene was so pleasant to be around and I enjoyed her sense of humour.She will be greatly missed.

  32. Gerry,Steven,Stacey and Scott.I am so sorry for your loss,may the memories you have help get you through this most difficult time.Know that she is at peace and pain free.May she spread her new Angel wings and fly as heaven has definitely gained another Angel.Rest In Paradise Godmother.I will always hold a special place in my heart for you.Until we meet again.Love you

  33. Gerry and family so sorry to learn of your loss. Darleen was a special lady and I so enjoyed our little visits when we ran across each other. She will be greatly missed and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this difficult time in your lives.