A Mass of Christian Burial for Darlene Simunek was held at 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Hot Springs, SD.
Interment was held in the Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs, SD. McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs, SD was in charge of arrangements.
Darlene was born March 4, 1936 in Gregory SD, the daughter of Martin and Anna Rezac. She attended schools in the Gregory area. While in Gregory, Darlene met Floyd Simunek, and were married on April 19, 1952, and a short time later started a family. They eventually moved to Colome where they continued to farm and ranch. Darlene and Floyd were blessed with eleven children, many of whom worked alongside them on the family farm.
After 28 years in Colome, the family moved to the Black Hills, settling in the Hot Springs area while maintaining a small ranch and garden near Buffalo Gap. Darlene also helped run a family campground and pawn shop. In addition to cooking, gardening, a cold beer, and the farm life, Darlene enjoyed music and dancing, especially if it was a good polka tune. Her heart was happiest when she had a house full of family.
Darlene Joyce Simunek, age 83, of Hot Springs, SD, passed away November 25, 2019 at Seven Sisters Assisted Living Center in Hot Springs, SD.
Darlene is survived by ten children, Belinda (Jack) Gunvordahl of Burke, SD, Steve (Carla) Simunek of Hot Springs, SD, Diane Simunek-Batai (Frank Batai) of Orlando, FL, Perry (Patty) Simunek of Gillette, WY, Sandy (George) Portz of Pierre, SD, Kelly (Diane) Simunek of Hot Springs, SD, Marcia (Mark) Kazmer of Spearfish, SD, Scott (Keri) Simunek of Hot Springs, SD, Lori Simunek Stevenson (Tim Stevenson) of Los Angeles, CA, Floyd Jr.”Chris” (Kelly M.) Simunek of Rapid City, SD; seventeen grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren, and two great-greatgrandchildren.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, husband Floyd, a daughter Tammi, a great-grandson Roper, and siblings Delores, Martin, Howard, Leland, and JoAnn.
Condolences can be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.