Darlene K. Ahlers, 73, of Worthington, passed away at her home Tuesday morning, Feb. 5, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She made a valiant attempt at fighting her cancer.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held at a later date. The Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, is assisting the family.

Darlene Kay (Tobin) Ahlers was born June 7, 1945 in Worthington, daughter of Alfred and Alma (Klein) Tobin. On April 4, 1964 she was united in marriage to Carey Ahlers of Farley, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington.

She had a great love for euchre and would say “I’m here to play.” Darlene enjoyed the casino’s, scratch offs and bingo, but most of all her family. Her personality was greater than life and her smile would light up a room. She worked at Ertl’s most of her life and created a special group of friends that played cards and dice. She also enjoyed spending time “junking” with her son Carey Ahlers Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Carey Ahlers, of Worthington; five children, Carey (Deana) Ahlers Jr., of Worthington, Curt (Angie) Ahlers and Crystal (Rick) Thompson, both of Marion, Carmen (& friend, Rod Friedlein) of Dyersville and Cher (Craig) Brimeyer, of Farley; 12 grandchildren, Ashley, Courtney, Dean, Josh, Jesse, Nicole, Tiffany, Tyler, Alivia, Brandon, Brooke and Ellie; 10 great-grandchildren, Ariah, Bentley, Oliver, Selena, Mia, Jackson, Kennedy, Jaylinn, Rayne and Ivy Rose. There are two step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her loving sister, Margie Althoff, of Manchester and her special friend and step sister, Jayne Ostwinkle, and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Gladys (Robert) Jaeger, DelRose (Ernie) Ostwinkle and Shirley (Gilbert) Rave; brothers, Sylvester and Alfred Jr. (Anna Mae) Tobin; sisters-in-law, Marcille (Laverne) Pins and Janice Geers; her brothers-in-law and Clarence Althoff, Lawrence (Mary) Ahlers.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and visiting nurses and everyone for their prayers, food and cards. A special thank you to Julie Ostwinkle for her loving care and support given to our family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com