Darlene M. Tuma, 87, of Ord passed away on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ord. Pastor Adam Archer will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will
be on Thursday from 5:00 to7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the Ord Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Unit. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Darlene was born June 8, 1930, at Omaha, Nebraska to Willford J. and Bertha A. (Klauschie) McCarty. She spent her childhood in Sarpy County where she attended Pleasant Hill School and graduated from Omaha South High School in 1948.
Darlene continued her education at Peru State and earned a Teaching Certificate. She taught at Twin Rivers and Elkhorn Rural Schools. In 1951, she moved with her parents to a farm near St. Paul. She taught school at Cotesfield and at a rural school south of St. Paul. While she was in the Cotesfield area, she met Ralph Tuma. The couple was united in marriage on June 6, 1953, at St. Paul, Nebraska.
Ralph and Darlene moved to Ord for a short time before moving to Omaha and in 1960, to Papillion. In 1972, they returned to Ord where they made their home and raised their family.
Darlene worked at Hested’s-Mel’s Store and as a dispatcher for the Ord Police Department. In 1981, she owned and operated a consignment store, “The Attic”. Ralph passed away on September 23, 2015, and
Darlene continued to make her home in Ord.
Darlene was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and TOPS Club. She loved to sew and read. Her most recent hobby was jigsaw puzzles.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Lori Tuma and Gary and Darla Tuma all of Ord; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Elaine and Roger Saul of Wayne, and Diane and Gerald Snow of Lincoln; eleven grandchildren; one expectant great-grandchild; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard McCarty of Dover, Delaware, William and Linda McCarty of Blackhawk, South Dakota and Donald and Heidi McCarty of St. Paul; and a sister-in-law, Lyla McCarty of Amarillo, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph; and an infant brother.