Darlene Nellie Lucht, 89, of Crivitz, passed away on Saturday November 11, 2023, at NewCare Convalescent Center in Crivitz, Wisconsin. Born June 28, 1934, in Fort Atkinson to the late August and Zelda Sudbrink, she graduated from Fort Atkinson High School in 1952 and later wedded her beloved John J. Lucht on September 11, 1954. Darlene was a hardworking homemaker, and she also put in time at the Fort Atkinson School Systems kitchen, showcasing her culinary skills. Later, she and her husband, John, moved to Athelstane, WI, following his retirement, where they enjoyed the beauty of the north woods. Darlene was an accomplished painter, baker and cook, known for her exceptional pies, sticky rolls and bread. Darlene found joy in lifes simple pleasures, relishing activities like sewing, rummaging, picking berries, puzzles, bunco, making snow creations and listening to music. Her love for a good book was a fond pastime. Above all, her greatest happiness came from spending quality time with family and friends. Darlenes warm smile, a comforting presence, will be missed by all who knew her. She took immense pride in her daughters, Teresa (Jeffrey) Kump, Susan (William) Johnson, and Kathy Heine. Her three grandchildren, Christie (Matthew) Draves, Tiffany (Jeffery) Hoeye, and Greg Hansen, along with four great-grandchildren, Marnie Draves, Callie Draves, Madelyn Hoeye, and Jaxson Hoeye, were a source of joy for her. She is survived by her sister, Alberta Traxler, sisters-in-law Darlene (Donald) Sudbrink, Eunice (Gerald) Sinnamon, Carole (Donald) Lucht, and Eddy (Russell) Lucht, as well as nieces, nephews, and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, John, her parents and her brother Donald Sudbrink, sister-in-law Betty (Edward) Schutten, brothers-in-law Melvin, Bernard, Arnold, Donald, Raymond, Russell and Kenneth, and her pets Herman (dog) and Ms. Kitty (cat). The family will receive family and friends from 11a.m to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, at Rhodes- Charapata in Crivitz. A memorial service will follow at 1p.m. with the Rev. Nick Johannes officiating. A special thanks to the NewCare Team and Unity Hospice (Sarah, Nicole, Lori and Kayla) for the care and compassion they provided to Darlene and her family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Unity Hospice. Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home is assisting the family, and as Darlene wished. May her memory linger as an “After Glow”; a tapestry of happy times, laughter, and bright, sunny days for those she leaves behind. “After Glow” I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one. I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing time, bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave when life is done.