Akwesasne – Mrs. Darlene C. (Bero) Oakes, 66, of 437 Wade LaFrance Memorial Road, unexpectedly passed away on Friday, April 19, 2013 at Tsiionkwanonhso:te after a short illness.
Darlene was born May 4, 1946 in Massena, the daughter of Richard Herne and Ruth Bero White. She graduated from Salmon River Central School. On June 6, 1964, she married Herbert Oakes at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Jacobs, officiating.
Darlene was a homemaker, who devoted her life to her grandchildren,especially her great granddaughter, Kinsley, enjoyed making holiday dinners, going to the Bingo Palace, and flower gardening. Darlene was a kind hearted person, who would do anything for anyone and was always a giving person.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Herbie; her granddaughter, Courtney Oakes and her partner, Justin Thompson, of Akwesasne; her grandson, Skyler Gill of Montreal; her great granddaughter, Kinsley Thompson; a chosen daughter, Claudine Tarbell of Massena; her mother, Ruth White of Akwesasne; her father, Richard Herne, also of Akwesasne; her brothers, Edward Herne and his partner, Tina Lazore, Ricky Herne, Timothy Herne and his companion, Jackie Herne, and Ray Herne, all of Akwesasne; her sisters, Lorene Herne, Sandra Benedict-Wilkenson and her husband, Bruce, Kathy Herne, all of Akwesasne.
She is also survived her aunt, Nancy Arquette of Akwesasne; her in-laws, Linda Oakes, Marshall Oakes, William and Rose Oakes, Patti and Abe Phillips, Caroline Oakes, Daniel Oakes, Chester Oakes, Andrea Oakes and Joe Bonaparte; her god-child, Tashawna Francis and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She was predeceased her son, Ryan David Oakes on June 22, 1999; her adopted parents, Andrew and Charlotte Bero, her grandparents, Joseph and Harriet Sawatis Herne.
Friends may call at the Akwesasne Homemakers, starting Sunday at 5:00 PM until Tuesday at 10:00 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11:00 AM at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Jerome Pastores, celebrating. Cremation will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Akwesasne Cancer Support Group.
Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where memories and condolences may be shared online at www.donaldsonfh.com.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015, Watertown, NY
Funeral Homes Listings
Bossuot-Lundy Funeral Home, Carthage
Calarco, D.L. Funeral Home, Watertown
Costello Funeral Service, Alexandria Bay
Cummings Funeral Service
Frederick Bros Funeral Home, Theresa
Hart & Bruce Funeral Home, Watertown
Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter
Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown
Cleveland Funeral Home, Watertown
Cleveland Funeral Home,,Cape Vincent
Becker-Cleveland Funeral Home, Chaumont
Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home, Carthage
T.R. Jetty Funeral Home, Clayton
Piddock Funeral Home, Adams
Adirondack Funeral Home, Croghan
Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville
Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan
Scanlon Funeral Home, Harrisville
Sundquist Funeral Home, Lowville
St. Lawrence County
IslandView Funeral Services, Morristown
Hammill Funeral Home, Winthrop
Buck Funeral Home, Norwood
Fox-McLellan Funeral Home, Ogdensburg
French Funeral Home, Gouverneur
Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur
Allen-Nichols Funeral Home, Ogdensburg
Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg
Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton
O'Leary Funeral Home, Canton
Allen-Denesha Funeral Home, De Kalb Junction
French Funeral Home Inc., Gouverneur
French Funeral Home Inc., Edwards
French Funeral Home Inc., Star Lake