Obituary: Darlene Mae Davies

April 7, 1938 ~ June 27, 2020

Darlene Mae Davies, 82 of Washington Island, Wisconsin, died on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Darlene was born in April of 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Louis and Ella Anselmini. Darlene grew up in Chicago and graduated from Lake View High School. She met her husband, John, through a mutual friend and the two were united in marriage on October 17, 1959. She and her husband lived and raised their three sons in Highland Park, Illinois and were members of St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church.  Darlene earned her certificate to become a paralegal through Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. She was hired by the Cook County Department of Corrections as the head of their law library and established all of the libraries for the jail.  Darlene was then offered a job to manage the law library of former Cook County State’s Attorney and Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley.

In 1997, Darlene and John retired to Washington Island, where they and their three sons had built a vacation/retirement home.  Darlene and John became members of Trinity Lutheran Church.  Darlene enjoyed her time volunteering at the Twice Around Shop and was a member of Washington Island Women’s Club. She loved to travel, both domestically and internationally. She also enjoyed cooking and celebrating her Italian heritage. Every March 19, she would host and prepare dishes at Trinity Lutheran Church for St. Joseph’s Table, a traditional memorial meal to honor St. Joseph (the patron Saint of Italy, among other countries).

Darlene is survived by her husband, John; sons, Andrew (Maria Lia), Gordon (True) and James (Juliet); grandchildren, Paige, Alex and Robert (step); younger brothers, Richard and Jerry; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to honor Darlene’s life will be held at a date and time to be determined.

Casperson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Sister Bay is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Darlene may be shared with her family through her tribute page at