Darlene M. "DeeDee" Weber-Foley
Feb 7th 2009
Darlene M. (DeeDee) Weber-Foley, 41, of Coldwater died Saturday, February 7, 2009 at her home. The funeral service will be held on Friday, February 13, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Union City High School Gymnasium with Pastor David Pierce of the First Baptist Church officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2009 from 4 - 9:00 p.m. at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater and again, prior to the service, on Friday at the Union City High School Gymnasium beginning at 12 noon until the time of the service. Dar was born August 4, 1967 in Coldwater to Dale and Marilyn (May) Weber. She married Thomas Foley on May 28, 1994 in Union City. Dar was a lifelong resident of Branch County. She received her BA from Michigan State University in 1989 and her Masters from Western MI University in the late 1990's. Dar was a teacher in Fairland, Indiana for one year and has been teaching in the Union City School District for the last 18 years, currently teaching second grade. She was a member of the Union City Congregational Church, the Coldwater Recreation softball and volleyball teams, and the Kalamazoo Soccer Zone Soccer Team. She has coached AYSO Soccer, Union City track, and middle and high school boys/girls basketball. She was an avid, disciplined runner which led to her participation in two marathon races in Chicago. Dar's first kindergarten class are seniors this year; she was excited and looking forward to presenting diplomas to her students. Mrs. Foley was a compassionate teacher, coach, mentor, teammate, hero, advocate for children's welfare and special needs students. She was an awesome, special, unique teacher who touched many several hundred lives in her teaching career, leaving a lasting, lifetime impression. Dar is survived by her husband, Tom; her son, Heath; her mother, Marilyn and John Shiery of Coldwater; her brothers, Dr. Larry (Jill) Granger of Ft. Collins, CO, David Weber of Bronson, Timothy Granger of Union City, Brian (Sylvia) Weber of Tekonsha; her sisters, LaDonna (Jack) Smith of Howell, Susan (Greg) Rubley of Coldwater, Lynne (Bob) Rudy of Mendon, Brenda (Bill) Christy of Layton, UT, Marla (Russ) Rurka of Allen; stepbrothers and sisters, Tim (Joyce) Shiery, Terry (Diane) Shiery, Susan (Dennis) Herman, Sandra Jo (Brian) Keplinger all of Coldwater; grandmother, Esther Hite of Coldwater; mother and father-in-law, Susan and Mike Helm of Coldwater; grandmother and grandfather-in-law, Florence and the late Wier Ewers of Coldwater; father and mother-in-law, Steve and Tara Foley of Shorewood, IL; brothers-in-law, Jon (Rachael) Foley of Coldwater, Travis Foley of Colorado, Tyler (Jeanette) Foley of Hawaii, Matt (Shannon) Helm of Arizona, Mary Mitchell of Ypsilanti; and many, many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews including one very special niece Amber, to whom Dar donated a kidney in 2005. Knowing this is a special comfort as we know Dar continues to be with us. She was preceded in death by her father Dale Weber Memorials may be directed to The Dar Foley Scholarship Fund.