DUNKIRK - Darlene V. Ortel, 76, a resident of the Chautauqua County Home, Dunkirk, formerly of Bartlett Hill Road, South Dayton and 1 Temple Square, Fredonia, died Wednesday, at her residence, following a short illness.
She was born in Gowanda, on Aug. 11, 1936, the daughter of the late Floyd and Adeline (Heim) Valen-tine.
Mrs. Ortel worked as a health care worker for the former JN Adam Developmental Center, Perrysburg. She was a former member of the Forestville Chapter Order of Eastern Star 247.
Survivors include three daughters: Becky Pfleuger LeBarron of South Dayton, Brenda Bentley of Rio Rancho, N.M., and Bonnie (Eugene) Wistner of New Port Richey, Fla.; and a sister, Marilyn Crowell, of South Dayton. Also surviving are four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by five brothers: Loren, Marvin, Norman, Lester and LaVerne Valentine; and by three sisters: Lenore Lucas, Byrle Hahn and Audrey Grey.
Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main St., Forestville, on Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 a.m., from the Forest-ville Wesleyan Church, Prospect Road, Forestville, with the Rev. Bruce M. Ellis, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the American Cancer Society, 101 John J. Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228-1198 or to HOSPICE Chautauqua County, Inc. 20 W. Fair-mount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750.
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