WINCHENDON – Darlene F. (Sawyer) Carter, 68, of 36 Tolman Road, died peacefully Sunday morning, February 16, 2020 in Heywood Hospital, Gardner.
She was born in Winchendon on October 31, 1951, daughter of the late Maurice J. and June A. (Ackert) Sawyer and was a lifelong resident of Winchendon. Darlene was a 1969 graduate of Murdock High School.
Darlene worked for over 25 years in the Winchendon public school system as a teacher’s assistant until her retirement. She greatly enjoyed watching the Hallmark channel and shopping. In her earlier years, she owned and rode her own motorcycle. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family, friends and grandchildren.
Her husband of 42 years, Robert C. Carter, died in 2012. She leaves a daughter, Brenda L. Wilder and her husband James of Winchendon; five grandchildren, Krista Pennell, Jacob Carter, Brielle Heath, James Robert Wilder and Brynn Wilder; two brothers, Wayne A. Sawyer and his wife Pattie of Winchendon, Chris A. Sawyer and his wife Linda of Winchendon; a sister, Wendy J. Gould of Athol; a daughter in law Vanessa L. Pennell of Winchendon and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Robert S. “Rob” Carter and a brother, Ronald J. Sawyer.
Calling hours will be held Friday, February 21, 2020 from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon.
A funeral service will follow at 7 P.M. Friday in the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Winchendon Fire Department, 405 Central Street, Winchendon, MA 01475.