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Darlene "Dar" M. Smith Richardson

Darlene "Dar" M. Smith Richardson
  • February 13, 1938 - November 24, 2019
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana

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“Dar was truly a wonderful, caring, loving individual who literally saved me after my husbands sudden unexpected death; she understood grief and those...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: A friend

“May God give you strength in this time of grief and fond memories ofDarlene Kanney Smith Richardson, CCHS Alumni Class of 1955.The Alumni of CCHS...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: CCHS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION - IN

“Such a caring, sharing woman - Rest in the PEACE you shared - ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Cal Thiele - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dar was a friend of my aunt (Belle Washburn) and I came to know her after my younger brother died unexpectedly. She was very helpful to me at such a...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Laura Hile - Indianapolis, IN

“My deepest condolences to the family. I will miss Dar desperately. I will miss our impromptu lunches at Casa's and how you shed the light of wisdom...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Tamara Koontz - Fort Wayne, IN


Darlene "Dar" Smith Richardson, 81, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019. A native of LaPorte, Indiana and raised in Columbia City, Dar had been a resident of Fort Wayne for over 60 years. She was a Grief and Loss counselor and considered to be an expert in her field, and developed, implemented and facilitated support groups for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Dar trained volunteers in Hospice programs, bereavement programs, Stephen Ministries and others, as well as guest lectured throughout the country on the subject of grief and loss. She also received numerous awards and accolades for her work, both as a professional and as a volunteer. Dar served on the not-for-profit boards of Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Positive Resource Connection, Fort Wayne Rescue Mission Ministries and others.

Dar is survived by her two sons, Michael J. Suever of California and Patrick A. (Lisa) Suever of St. Joe, Indiana; daughters, Anne Hudson of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Beth Smith of Fenton, Michigan; six grandchildren; and brother, Lawrence Smith of LaPorte, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Thomas J. Richardson and Donald F. Wood; and sister, Kay Lehman.

Memorial service will be on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church (611 W Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802) with visitation in the church lounge beginning at 1:00 pm until the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Positive Resource Connection.