LIBERTY  — Darleen Evelyn Van Duysen, 78, passed away peacefully at Waldo County Hospital Nov. 8, 2020, after a long illness of COPD and then catching COVID-19.

She was born Oct. 27, 1942, to Edward and Dorothy Rousch in Glen Ridge, N.J. She moved to Maine in 1961 and married Theodore Van Duysen July 1, 1962. She worked doing piecework at home for Waldo Shoe and briefly worked at Sylvania in Waldoboro.

She and Ted opened their own business, Liberty Video, for about 10 years. Then they both worked at the concession stand in the pits at Wiscasset Raceway for Dave and Sandra St Clair. Ted loved running the grill, while she loved waiting on the customers at the stand’s window.

Darleen was an early member of the Liberty Fire & Ambulance Department. She and Ted worked tirelessly on the Liberty AmVet Food Pantry, putting up 75 to 100 boxes of food and supplies every month.

Darleen was an absolute joy to be around and was one of the most caring people you would ever meet. She had a wonderful sense of humor. Family and close friends were the most important things in her life. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, fishing, family barbecues, playing with her great-grandchildren and especially playing the slot machines.

She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Theodore Van Duysen; her parents, Edward and Dorothy Rousch; her in-laws, Arthur and Rosalie Van Duysen; and her sister, Joyce Prendergast.

She is survived by her daughter, Audree, and husband Peter Sayward of Appleton; her son, Wayne Van Duysen of Liberty; her son by another mother, Doug Dood of Sidney; grandson Kurtis Van Duysen and granddaughter Stacey James and her husband, Bill, all of Liberty; five great-grandchildren, Lilli, Kurtis Jr. (KJ), Evelyn, Martin and Noah; niece Kyle Pierce and husband Scott of Weeks Mills; longtime family friends Phyllis and Earle Albert and their kids; several nieces and nephews; and last but not least, her faithful buddy dog, Diesel.

A special thank-you to Dr. Steven Wilson, the Waldo County Oncology Department, the whole staff at Waldo County General Hospital and the EMTs on the Liberty Ambulance. Special thank-you to Cheryl, her nurse, who was there with her in her last hours when we couldn’t be there because of COVID.

No services will be held at this time. A private celebration of life for Ted and Darleen will be held with family and friends in the late summer.

Arrangements are with Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at ripostafh.com.

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