Darlene Emilie Kouma was born June 10, 1953, in Omaha, to John A. and Emilie (Trousil) Osmera and passed away March 4, 2023, in Seward, at the age of 69 years, 8 months and 22 days.
Darlene attended Assumption Grade School and Archbishop Ryan High School in Omaha. She attended MTCC in Omaha and earned an LPN degree. She worked for Medical Personnel Pool and Homemaker’s Upjohn.
On January 10, 1976, she was united in marriage to Edward Kouma of Dwight, and to this union, one daughter, Melanie, was born. Darlene lived on the family farm until 2009, when she moved to Seward after the death of her husband. She was employed at East Butler Schools in food service for nine years before going to work at the Seward Public Schools in food service for 11 years. Darlene enjoyed gardening, reading, baking and trying new recipes. She loved being with her grandchildren, praying for people and making people smile with her jokes.
Darlene was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Dwight and later joined St. Vincent de Paul Church in Seward. She was active in the Altar Society, was an officer several times, taught and was the coordinator of the CCD program for 11 years. Darlene was one of the original adorers at Eucharistic Adoration since its beginning in October 1997. She also began reading at church in 2004.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Kouma; parents, John and Emilie Osmera; grandparents, John and Anna Trousil and John and Mary Osmera.
Survivors cherishing her memory include her daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Joel Wesely; grandchildren, Lillian, Kaitlyn, Gianna, Joseph and Isaac Wesely; brother, Eugene Osmera, Lincoln and a host of friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Dwight with interment at the church cemetery. n lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Catholic education (Pius or Aquinas Catholic Schools), Masses or to the Assumption Catholic Church Parish. Arrangements by Zabka-Perdue Funeral Home.