Sister Darlene Schwarte, CHM, 78, died March 17 at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, Johnston.
She was born Sept. 15, 1937, in Earling, Iowa, to Joseph and Helen Ratigan Schwarte. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1956 and professed vows in 1959. Sr. Schwarte received her AA from Ottumwa Heights College-Ottumwa, and a teaching certificate from Marycrest College-Davenport. She taught elementary school at St. Pius X, Des Moines; Sacred Heart, West Des Moines; St. Mary, Oskaloosa; was a teacher aide at St. Pius X, Rock Island, Ill.; St. Pius X, Des Moines; and a para-professional at St. Patrick, Missouri Valley, Iowa, and St. Edward, Houston, Texas.
From 1983 until her retirement in 2010, she was engaged in food service at Humility of Mary Center-Davenport. She had previously assisted with food service at the former Ottumwa Heights College and motherhouse in Ottumwa.
Her funeral was held March 22 at Our Lady of Peace Chapel at Bishop Drumm. A memorial Mass was celebrated March 23 at the Humility of Mary Center-Davenport. Interment was at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Ottumwa.
Memorials may be made to the Congregation of the Humility of Mary.