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Darlene S. Hammond

Dunfermline- Darlene S. Hammond, 57, of Dunfermline, passed away at 10:13 PM on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at OSF Hospital in Peoria, IL. She was surrounded by her family. She was born on March 10, 1962, in Beardstown, IL, a daughter of Robert and Janet (Scheer) Hobrock. She married Robert Fitzjarrald on August 8, 1981 in Beardstown, IL. She later married Rick Hammond on July 30, 2009, he preceded her in death on July 15, 2018.

Surviving are her children, Daniel (Kara) Fitzjarrald of Canton and Amy Fitzjarrald of Houston, TX, sisters, Diana Kaminsky of Edwardsville, Debbie (Jim) Icenogle of Beardstown, Bobbie Logsdon of Beardstown, brother, David (Beth Oeser) Hobrock of Beardstown, and two grandchildren Kate and Jack Fitzjarrald; nephews, Josh (Nicole) Kaminsky of Oswego, IL, Rob (Erica) Kaminsky of Edwardsville, IL, Jake Logsdon of Beardstown; nieces, Jamie (Soe) Tha of Chicago, Annie Logsdon of Beardstown, Autumn Hobrock of Beardstown and Rilee Hobrock of Beardstown; and 1 great-niece and 3 great-nephews.

In addition to her husband Rick, she was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Cliff Kaminsky.

Darlene graduated from Beardstown High School in 1980. She then went on to Graham School of Nursing in Canton graduating in 1983. She recently earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and had just started classes in pursuit of her Masters of Science in Nursing. After graduation from Graham School of Nursing, she worked in the OB department at Graham Hospital until 2006. She then went on to Pekin Hospital, last serving as its Director of Obstetrics until taking time off after Rick’s passing. In March of 2019, she had just started her dream job as Perinatal Outreach Educator for OSF Hospital.

She loved to live life. She shared a passion of motorcycle drag racing with her husband Rick, she supported him as his pit crew. She had a green thumb and could grow anything. Darlene jokingly dubbed herself “the queen of everything” and lived her life as a true diva. From a young age, her family nicknamed her “Weener” and that’s a nickname she proudly embraced; this sparked her lifelong obsession with the Oscar-Mayer Wienermoblie. In the spirit of Darlene, when you see a butterfly, think of her.

It should be noted that Darlene was an Organ & Tissue Donor. Though her family is experiencing grief, they find solace in knowing that at the same time so many other families are experiencing so much joy and relief through her donation.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, with cremation to follow. Memorials can be made to OSF LifeFlight or Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network in memorial of Darlene. To view Darlene’s DVD or to make online condolences please go to

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  • Sheila Bell

    Reply September 11, 2019 2:44 pm

    I worked with Darlene in OB at Graham. She was not only a coworker but a good friend. Prayers for her family. She was an awesome and wonderful person. She will be missed 😢

  • Trudy C Trobaugh

    Reply September 11, 2019 3:35 pm

    I worked at Graham and always respected Darlene’s caring and giving. She was a very special nurse. My prayers are with her family.🙏🏽

  • Andrea (Wilkey) Barbknecht

    Reply September 11, 2019 3:50 pm

    I remember Darlene from her beautiful sewing projects in Cass County 4-H. I was thrilled to reconnect with her once we both realized we lived in Canton! She was a truly caring person, always with a smile and ready to help someone. She will be missed! I hope her family can find comfort in the gift of life that she’s sharing with so many others through her organ donation.

  • Fred Williams

    Reply September 11, 2019 4:40 pm

    A good neighbor alway waved at ya Heaven has gained a angel for sure !!!!

  • Joyce Behymer

    Reply September 11, 2019 5:19 pm

    I worked with Darlene at Graham Hospital. She was a great nurse and loved sharing her knowledge with others. She will be missed. Prayers for her family.

  • Mary Haynes

    Reply September 11, 2019 6:09 pm

    I worked with Darlene at pekins ob department. She always had a loving personality. She will be truly missed.

  • Mary Woodruff

    Reply September 11, 2019 7:33 pm

    So sad but the angels have gained a true angel..when I first learned I was pregnant with my daughter and being 38 and all the scary things she was there for me. Courage, comfort and good on my friend. Be with Rick and God bless you.. condolences to all of the family.

  • Tami Cook

    Reply September 12, 2019 8:23 am

    My prayers are with you. Darlene was such a terrific and loving women. She will be missed and loved always. I worked with her at Pekin Hospital.

  • Lora Roberts

    Reply September 12, 2019 9:22 am

    So sorry for your loss She was an amazing woman who gave her all in everything

  • LuAnn Miller

    Reply September 12, 2019 9:58 am

    I worked at Graham with Darlene & she was such a wonderful caring nurse. Such a sweet & giving person. She will be missed by so many. RIP Darlene. You are now free & back with Rick sharing your Happy, Loving lives together again. I feel the pain for all of your Family & hope each day gets a little easier for them…

  • Lisa Eidenmiller

    Reply September 12, 2019 10:11 am

    I worked with Darlene at Pekin Hospital. Heaven called an angel home. She was one of the nicest people I have known.

  • Julie (Brewer) Fritz

    Reply September 12, 2019 10:17 am

    Ween (as I liked to call her) was a dear friend to me going all the way back to our Freshman year of high school. Although we’ve lived in different states for over 30 years, we’ve kept in touch with phone calls, cards, emails, texts, and visits. I’ve always admired her desire to learn more and was so proud of her when she recently got her BS degree and then enrolled in an MS program. At Beardstown High School (Class of 1980), Ween’s senior year quote was “To live your life in your own way …. To reach for the goals you set for yourself …. To be the YOU that YOU want to be ….. That is Success.” Ween — you did it – you achieved Success!

  • Sherry Semonis

    Reply September 12, 2019 12:07 pm

    I worked with Darlene at Pekin Hospital. What a beautiful lady, gone to soon.

    Prayers to comfort all you, I hope your precious memories help ease the pain.

  • Rich and Bridget Pletz

    Reply September 13, 2019 1:53 pm

    We don’t know what to say that will help you go through what you are going through right now. We are deeply saddened by what happened because Darlene was a wonderful person. We were blessed enough to have both Darlene and Ricky in our lives for as long as we did. She always had a smile on her face especially when she had the wind in her hair. Take comfort in knowing that she is in a better place with the love of her life where there’s no more pain or sadness. Our condolences to your family and if you need anything please call. You will be in my prayers.
    Bridget and Rich Pletz

  • Max & Lucille Latimer

    Reply September 14, 2019 2:36 pm

    Dan and family: May your beautiful memories give you peace, comfort, and pride in all of your tomorrows. “Angels are always near to those who grieve, to whisper to them that their loved one is in the arms of God”.

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