November 10, 1941 ~ January 26, 2021

Born in: , California
Resided in: Fremont, California

Darlene Oliveira passed away peacefully on January 26, 2021 with her beloved daughters by her side after a courageous battle with cancer.  In 1941, she was born to William and Helen Rose, who started The Flower Shop that is still located in Fremont.  Darlene was raised in Fremont and was a graduate of Washington High School’s class of 1959.  Upon graduation, she went to work for the Fremont Unified School District as the Secretary to the Head of Personnel, Phil Brazil.  It was there that she met the love of her life, Dennis Oliveira.  Fremont being such a small place at the time, Darlene and Dennis’ grandparents lived across the street from each other, so they had known each other since childhood.

Dennis and Darlene were married in April of 1967 at Holy Spirit Church in Fremont.  Darlene loved her family more than anything and always made sure her family always came first.  She and Dennis always prioritized education for their girls, instilling the importance of giving to others, integrity, and kindness in everything they did.  She will be remembered as a charitable person, frequently baking goodies to deliver to homeless shelters and ordering extra of everything to donate to those in need.  Darlene prided herself on being organized and being the “Chief Mom Officer” to her family.  She was a feisty woman who will be remembered as someone that always took a stand for what was she believed in.  She was a woman of incredible faith, conviction, integrity, and philanthropy.

Darlene is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 45 years, Dennis, and her parents William and Helen Rose.  Darlene leaves behind two adoring daughters, Dana Garaventa and her husband John of Napa; daughter Dawn Oliveira-Maxfield and her husband, Dana; and two granddaughters who were the light of her life, Serena and Gianna Garaventa.

Burial will be private.  The family requests donations to Stanford Cancer Center, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or the charity of your choice.


Memories Timeline


  1. Darlene was one of my first friends at Washington Union High School. We were both in the class of 1959. Such a sweet person. We saw each other a few times at the Niles Girls lunches. She and Dennis were both my classmates and such nice people.

  2. I started 1st grade with Darlene and Dennis; she was my maid of honor at our wedding.
    We have touched basis occasionally through the years meeting for lunch once in a while.
    My love to her family; now she is with Dennis.
    Madeline Briar

    • Thank you to you and Hal. Mom spoke if you as well from high school and of course, your girls lunches. Thank you for reaching out.

  3. Darlene was a kind, generous and thoughtful person whom I was grateful to have as a friend. My son John married Darlene’s kind, generous and thoughtful daughter Dana, and we shared many family gatherings together over the years. She was such a sweet Grandma to Serena and Gianna and I will miss that special bond with her. May her memory be a blessing to her family and to all of us who knew her.

  4. CandleDear Darlene,

    Thank you (to you and Dennis) for making me feel like part of your family for the last 27 years. I have many great memories of spending time at your house-high school sleepovers with Dawn, chatting with you about life, eating whatever yummy treat you had in the kitchen, and Christmas Eve visits. You are a very special lady who is loved by so many. I will miss you lots.

  5. CandleDana, your mom was such a sweet lady. I love the phrase, “chief mom officer”, that was my first impression of her. I hope your memories of her continue to fill your soul.

    • Thanks my dear friend, both my parents loved you and loved our college stories! Mom was so glad you were part of our wedding also. Xoxo

  6. CandleDear Dana and Dawn
    May the Memory of her always brighten your Hearts . She was a special lady and we have so many wonderful memories of her. So glad she became a part of our family. Your Mom and Dad have a special place in our hearts. Love Doreen,Tom, Tammy, John and Cody 😍❤️

    • Thank you Doreen, you know my parents adored the Costa and Perry clans so dearly. Thank you to you, John, Tammy, Cody and Tom for all your love. ❤️

  7. CandleDarlene and I exercised many months together in a Fall Prevention exercise class. We always had adjacent seats in the back row. Our house was on her walking route. The class missed her when classes went virtual. When we get back to exercising in person, it will not be the same without our conversations and her cheerful and beautifully dressed person next to me!


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