Darlene was the daughter of Paul Zarifis and Edna (Foust) Zarifis Hagg, both of whom are deceased. She is survived by her brother Michael (Karen) Zarifis, her sons Greg Zarifis and Niklos Zarifis, her grandson Brian Zarifis, her nephew Alex Zarifis and her nieces Hayley Zarifis and Taylor Zarifis.
Darlene was a life-long resident of the Westside of Indianapolis. She graduated from Northwest High School in 1968. She worked at Steak n’ Shake in various capacities for over 30 years, before working at Meijer for another 25 years.
She was an avid reader and had no real limits on the topics that would interest her. She also enjoyed watching movies of all genres although her favorites were science fiction, westerns, adventures and of course the classics. She also enjoyed watching the news to keep up on current events. She never missed an opportunity to watch her favorite cooking shows, as well as any programs on the topics DIY projects and home improvements. She liked to cook and loved to experiment with new recipes and try new foods. She also had a passion for word and math puzzles.
Darlene was a very nostalgic person and would share stories about the past. She wasn’t shy about talking about trips and vacations that she went on in her youth to visit with family. She was committed to her family, not just her immediate family but extended family as well. For several years, she was the driving force in organizing family reunions.
Darlene was a kind-hearted and relatively soft-spoken person. However, she was extremely strong willed and would always make her own decisions for herself. She was a devote Evangelical whose faith was absolutely unquestionable, she took that faith with her everywhere she but never pushed it upon others.
It’s been said that a person is measured by the memories that they leave upon others. Darlene definitely left a mark on those around her.