Darlene (Van Handel) Lopas, 83 of Post Lake, died on Oct. 10, 2021, at her home under the care of her family and Aspirus LeRoyer Hospice.
She was born Nov. 17, 1937, in Cicero, Wisconsin, daughter of Dorothy and Arthur Van Handel. She married Donald Lopas in April 1959.
Darlene and Don raised their family in Appleton and retired to Post Lake. They enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Some of her favorite activities were her weekly sheepshead and mahjong games with friends, and her crochet get-togethers. She also enjoyed going to the casino, watching the Brewers, pontoon boat rides and time with her special friend, Fritz.
Darlene and Don are survived by their children, Greg (Kim) Lopas, Kris (Tim) Rau, Doug (Katie) Lopas, Ken (Jenny) Lopas and Barney (Lori) Lopas; nine grandchildren, Scott (Jacqueline), Adam (Jesse), Skylar, Courtney (Jeremy), Logan (Kaitlyn), JT., Gunnar, Cassie and Justine; six great-grandchildren, Rowan, Rhea, Dorothy, Graham, Annalee and Walter; and her special grand dog, George.
She had one sister, Karen (Roger) Green, and one brother, Dick (Donna) Van Handel.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband, Don; son, Doug; parents, Dorothy and Arthur; her in-laws, Toni and Jerry; and a sister, Karen Green.
A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, at noon at Holy Family Catholic Church in Elcho. Rev. David Zimmerman will officiate.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to LeRoyer Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Elcho Food Pantry.
Strasser-Roller Funeral Home is assisting the family. Friends may visit online at strasserrollerfuneralhome.com.