Darlene Ackerman, 82, of Sonora, died on May 25, 2019, in Sonora after a long illness.

Born in Altadena on Aug. 1, 1936, Darlene was the first child of Mary Jane Bailey and Daniel Cuckler. After graduating from Pacific Grove High School, she moved to Salinas, where, in February 1956, she married Gerald Ackerman.

Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to Atascadero. While her four children were growing up, Darlene was very involved in school activities, working as the school librarian, serving on the PTA, and volunteering as room mother. Darlene was active at St. Williams Catholic Church, serving on the Altar Society, as well as teaching second grade religious education classes for many years.

In 1972, after moving back to Salinas, Darlene began her career at JCPenney, working there from 1974 to 1998. She and Gerry joined the Salinas Bowmen Archery Club, and she served as secretary of this group for three years.

In 1998, Darlene and Gerry retired to a lake view property on Lake Don Pedro, where she had time to quilt, paint, read, and socialize with her friends in the local Red Hat Society and Don Pedro Quilting Group. Darlene moved to Sonora after Gerry’s death in 2009. They were married for 53 years.

Darlene enjoyed all types of creative activities. She was a very sociable person, hosting family celebrations, and planning trips and outings with family and friends. She will always be remembered for the many handmade gifts she presented loved ones.

Darlene is survived by her daughters Beth Tognetti of Campbell and Cathy (Joe) McPherson of Sonora; sons Steve (Bev) Ackerman and Doug (Inez) Ackerman, both of Salinas; grandchildren Chris Tognetti of Campbell, Sean McPherson of Buckeye, Arizona, Shannon McPherson of Sonora, Jeff, Holly and Laura Ackerman of Salinas, Ashley (Ackerman) Green and Farah Ackerman of Salinas; great grandchildren Aiden Ackerman, Penelope McPherson, Titus Green and Jace and Jack McPherson.

Darlene was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Ackerman, and half-brothers Ronald Cuckler and Ronald Bean.

A private celebration of life will be held at the Tuolumne County Museum in Sonora.