Darlene S. Hammond, 57, of Dunfermline, passed away at 10:13 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 at OSF Hospital in Peoria.
DUNFERMLINE — Darlene S. Hammond, 57, of Dunfermline, passed away at 10:13 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 at OSF Hospital in Peoria. She was surrounded by her family. She was born on March 10, 1962 in Beardstown, a daughter of Robert and Janet (Scheer) Hobrock. She married Robert Fitzjarrald on Aug. 8, 1981 in Beardstown. She later married Rick Hammond on July 30, 2009; he preceded her in death on July 15, 2018.
Surviving are her children, Daniel (Kara) Fitzjarrald of Canton and Amy Fitzjarrald of Houston, Texas; sisters, Diana Kaminsky of Edwardsville, Debbie (Jim) Icenogle of Beardstown and Bobbie Logsdon of Beardstown; brother, David (Beth Oeser) Hobrock of Beardstown; two grandchildren Kate and Jack Fitzjarrald; nephews, Josh (Nicole) Kaminsky of Oswego, Rob (Erica) Kaminsky of Edwardsville and Jake Logsdon of Beardstown; nieces, Jamie (Soe) Tha of Chicago, Annie Logsdon of Beardstown, Autumn Hobrock of Beardstown and Rilee Hobrock of Beardstown; and one great-niece and three great-nephews.
In addition to her husband Rick, she was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Cliff Kaminsky.
Darlene graduated from Beardstown High School in 1980. She then went on to Graham School of Nursing in Canton graduating in 1983. She recently earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and had just started classes in pursuit of her Masters of Science in Nursing. After graduation from Graham School of Nursing, she worked in the OB department at Graham Hospital until 2006. She then went on to Pekin Hospital, last serving as its Director of Obstetrics until taking time off after Rick’s passing. In March of 2019, she had just started her dream job as Perinatal Outreach Educator for OSF Hospital.
She loved to live life. She shared a passion of motorcycle drag racing with her husband Rick, she supported him as his pit crew. She had a green thumb and could grow anything. Darlene jokingly dubbed herself “the queen of everything” and lived her life as a true diva. From a young age, her family nicknamed her “Weener” and that’s a nickname she proudly embraced; this sparked her lifelong obsession with the Oscar-Mayer Wienermoblie. In the spirit of Darlene, when you see a butterfly, think of her.
It should be noted that Darlene was an organ and tissue donor. Though her family is experiencing grief, they find solace in knowing that at the same time so many other families are experiencing so much joy and relief through her donation.
A visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, with cremation to follow. Memorials can be made to OSF LifeFlight or Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network in memorial of Darlene.
To view Darlene’s DVD or to make online condolences please go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com