Karen A. Darbenzio, 62, of Dunmore, died Thursday morning at home surrounded by her loving family. She lost her battle fighting esophageal cancer. She is survived by her husband, Dino. The couple celebrated 34 years of marriage on June 22nd. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine Zaccagnino Mele and was a 1974 graduate of Dunmore High School. She was a member of SS Anthony and Rocco Parish and Immaculate Conception Church. She was the co- owner of Jonsal Corporation and served as its treasurer and previously worked for Mele Construction. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, godmother and friend and had much joy and pride for her family. She loved spending time in her yard and hosting and entertaining her family and friends. She enjoyed spending time on her boat at Lake Wallenpaupack and traveling. She also enjoyed Tuesday nights at the Honky Tonk with her friends and classmates listening to her favorite band, Flashback. Karen was the matriarch of the family. Her values, impact and strong-will will be felt by her family and friends for eternity. Also surviving are daughters; Desiree Fabri and husband Brian, Lakeville, Mia Darbenzio and partner Krista Kulp , Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Step-daughter, Davina Darbenzio Sims and husband Mark, Warrior Run. A grandson; Bryson Fabri and step-grandchildren; Ethan and Paisley Sims. Sisters; Angela Scarantino and husband Stephen, Dunmore and Beverly Mele Occulto , Clarks Summit. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, Serena Fabri. The funeral will be Monday from the Carlucci-Golden-Desantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore with Mass at 9:30am in St. Rocco’s Church, Kurtz St., Dunmore. Interment; Dunmore Cemetery Friends may call Sunday from 3-7pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Caring for Karen, c/o Desiree Fabri, 103 Poplar St. Lakeville, Pa 18438.
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