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.