VERONA, Italy - Lynette Darlington DePaoli, 62, formerly of Ada, passed away from a rare from of cancer, at 9:15 p.m., on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Verona, Italy.
She was born Nov. 12, 1950, in Plattsburgh, N.Y., the daughter of the late Dr. Oscar G. and Miriam W. Darlington. She was also preceded in death by her grandparents, her great-aunt, an aunt and uncle and a nephew, Tirentus Hutson.
Lynette was a 1969 graduate of Ada High School and was an art major at Ohio Northern University where her father was Dean of Liberal Arts. Her junior year of college, she studied in Italy, where she met and fell in love with Paolo DePaoli. They were married Aug. 25, 1974, in the English Chapel at Ohio Northern.
Lynette and Paolo made their home in Verona, moving to Montorio a few years after their son Leonardo was born in 1990.
Lynette was an accomplished artist, having her own potters wheel, studio, and shop, first in Verona and then attached to their home in Montorio. She had an amazing gift of molding the clay and mixing the colors for glazes to create many beautiful pieces of pottery. She won numerous awards for her talent and was commissioned to create many special pieces for businesses and individuals.
Lynette was creative, vibrant, and beautiful. She lived life to its fullest and will be deeply missed by family and friends.
In addition to her husband and son, she is also survived by eight siblings, Helen (Frank) Scalzi, of Lima; Dawn (Jim) Tallman, of Warren; Mahlon (Dayle Nickerson) Darlington, of Ames, Iowa; Phoebe (Jim) Reed, of Lima; Gerbert (Linda) Darlington, of Elida; Eunice (Tom) Hutson, of Wellington; Emily-Jane (Robert) Hoover, of Bend, Ore.; and Bernice (James) Brady, of Saugerties, N.Y.; 16 nieces and nephews, James M. Tallman, Dr. Jonathan (Zelda) Tallman, Tenaya (Todd Stregiel) Darlington, Andre Darlington, Angela (Mike) Lubbers, Ben (Jessica) Burnett, Jacob Reed, Rachel Reed, Sean (Jeni) Darlington, Aaron (Monica) Darlington, Mary Elizabeth (Chris) Ulmo, Stephanie Stuart, Miranda (Jay) Weber, Abigail Singer, Sarah Marcol, and Nathanael Brady; 16 great-nieces and nephews; cousins, and many many friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Montorio, Italy. Tenaya and Todd represented the American families. There will be a family service held in Ohio over the Memorial Day weekend.