Darlene "Zip" Fabian, 79, of Cedar Rapids, best friend and wife to Gordon, mother of five, grandmother of six, and great-grandmother of three, quietly passed away with her family surrounding her on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, at First Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Darlene was born Feb. 3, 1938, in Joliet, Ill., to Russel Herbert and Christine Paula (Miller) Button. She earned her nickname "Zip" as a high school student. Her classmates thought they should update her maiden name, Button, to the more modern Zipper, and eventually shortened it to Zip. Darlene eloped with her beloved Gordon Richard Fabian in Aurora, Ill., on July 10, 1959. They shared 62 beautiful years together.
Darlene was a homemaker, proudly raising her five children and running her household. Her family was her greatest joy. She also enjoyed embroidery and sewing, and was the go-to person for clothing repairs among her family. She liked to keep her mind sharp by playing cards, especially bridge, and working on crossword puzzles each morning. She was a wiz at the video game "Doctor Mario."
Darlene will be deeply missed by those who loved her.
She is survived by her husband, Gordon; children, Terri (Troy) Arment, Paul (Mary) Fabian, Gary Fabian, Pamela (Matt) Harrison and Angela Fabian; grandchildren, Cassandra and Thomas Fabian, and Daniel (Carly), Gregory, Michael and Christopher Harrison; and great-grandchildren, Aiden, Nolan and Kaitlyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Joyce Gould.
Memorial donations in Darlene's name may be made to First Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be conveyed at www.cedarmemorial.com.