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Darlene Marie Daxenbichler Kraft
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Darlene Marie Daxenbichler Kraft, age 80, of Dahlonega, GA, passed away Friday, May 24, 2013.

Darlene was born and raised in Peoria, IL, spent a number of years in West Palm Beach, FL, and the last 35 years in Lumpkin County where she co-founded Forrest Hills Mountain Resort in 1978. She was an outstanding member of Kiwanis and was Kiwanian of the year in 2005. She was a wonderful mother, a poet, a saxophone player during the big band era, and had a quick wit about her. Ms. Kraft was of the Catholic Faith.

Darlene was the daughter of the late Felix and Irma Koeppel Daxenbichler, and was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Joanna Kraft.

She is survived by son, Stephen Kraft, Washington State; daughter, Denise Roberson, Dahlonega, GA; son, David Kraft, Dahlonega, GA; daughter, Michele Kraft-DeBlois, Dawsonville, GA; brothers, Bob and Melvin Daxenbichler, Peoria, IL; sister, Phyllis Jean Daxenbichler, Peoria, IL; and extended family, Frank and Joan Kraft, The Villages, FL. Five grandchildren and 1 great grandchild also survive.

A funeral mass for Darlene is scheduled for 11 AM Monday, May 27, 2013 at St. Lukes Catholic Church in Dahlonega, GA.

Father Neil Dhabliwala will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 PM until 9 PM Sunday, May 26, 2013 at Banister Funeral Home in Dahlonega.

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to the Dawson County Kiwanis Club, Po Box 159

Dawsonville, GA 30534.

Online condolences may be made at

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega is in charge of the arrangements.