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Darlene De Benedetto
(February 4, 1958 - September 3, 2012)

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Darlene DeBenedetto nee Velasco Feb 4, 1958 – Sept 3, 2012 Like the butterflies she loved alighting from the backyard garden she treasured, Darlene H. DeBenedetto of Scottsdale, AZ, fluttered gently away from her beloved family and friends on Sept 3, 2012. Darlene DeBenedetto nee Velasco was born in Oelwein, Iowa on Feb 4, 1958. She grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois, where she was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and a 1976 graduate of Downers Grove North High School. With her loving husband, Salvatore De Benedetto, formerly of Aurora, Illinois, Darlene has lived and flourished in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area for 21 years. She was a member of the Living Water Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, She embraced with boundless love and energy her four stepchildren: Michael Terry DeBenedetto of St. George, Utah and Sheila Bryson, Paula and Russ Oloffson and Jennifer DeBenedetto, all of Scottsdale, and with the same love, delighted in the three grandchildren that they gave her and Sal. Darlene was a loving daughter, sister and aunt, too, and is survived by her parents Dale and Helen Velasco of Downers Grove, Illinois; her sisters Ramona and Walter Seik and Rosalie and John Meckel; her brother Vaughn and Michell Velasco and many cherished nieces and nephews. Darlene is a graduate of business management programs at Arizona State University and University of Phoenix College. She worked for Wells Fargo Bank where, as an inside consultant in learning and development, her remarkable spirit helped guide hundreds of people around the country. Visitations at Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale, AZ will be held Thursday, Sept 6, from 2:00pm to 4:00 pm and 5:00pm to 8:00 pm; Friday, Sept 7, 9:00 am to 11:00 am followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 am. Visitation will also be held Sunday and Monday 2:00 – 8:00 pm with services Tuesday at 11:00 am at Adams Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home 4343 Main St. (1 block south of Ogden) Downers Grove, Il. Interment Private. For info 630-968-1000 or


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