Darlene J. Kenny, 68, of Leavenworth, passed away, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., with her family at her side. She was born May 12, 1944, in Washington, Mo., the daughter of Thomas H. and Helen E. (Hornbuckle) Viessman.
On June 17, 1972, she married Michael Kenny in Leavenworth, he survives at the home. She is also survived by two sons, Bill Stout and John (Stacey) Kenny both of Leavenworth; three grandchildren, Bailey, Emma and Kyle; her sister, Sharon (Shawn) Scanlon; brother-in-law, Larry Thibault; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Dona Thibault.
Darlene moved to Leavenworth with her family in 1957. She attended Immaculata High School and proudly served as captain of the cheer squad in 1962.Darlene worked at Fort Leavenworth and the Veterans Administration for over three decades, retiring in 1998. In retirement Darlene worked as hard as she did during her working career. She donated countless hours to charities and to helping others. She was a member of the Lady Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Church, the Immaculata Alumni Association, the VFW Women's Auxiliary, the Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society and the Sacred Heart Altar Society. Darlene spent most of her time volunteering with her husband Mike by her side at the VFW Post 56. She cooked meals for VFW events and gave of her time freely to help and support veterans and active duty military personnel that returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Darlene was a founding member and organizer of the Leavenworth St. Patrick's Day Parade. She worked hard to make the parade better each and every year for 29 years. Darlene was very patriotic, she loved God, her family and her country. She was so proud of her father's service in the Army during WWII and her husband Mike's service in the Navy during Vietnam. Darlene was the leader of her family, she will be remembered fondly as a devoted wife, loving mom, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend. Her family mourns her passing but knows that Darlene leaves behind a legacy of giving to charity and helping those who were less fortunate than her. She touched hundreds of lives and we are all better from having known and loved her.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Leavenworth Catholic Schools (for scholarships') or LAWS (Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society).