Darlene  Pillers


Darlene Frances (Knop) Pillers, 85, of The Villages, Florida, and formerly of Effingham, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, at Lake Harris Health Care Center in Leesburg, Florida.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on June 29 at First Presbyterian Church in Effingham. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to either the Salvation Army or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Darlene was born on November 28, 1933, in Randolph County, Illinois, the youngest child of Charles and Caroline (Mahan) Knop. She graduated from Sparta Township High School. On March 23, 1951, she married Robert Harvey Pillers, and he preceded her in death on August 6, 2009.

She was a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church in Effingham, and a member of Hope United Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers, Florida.

Darlene loved playing tennis, bridge, and especially, golf, and was the ladies club champion at both the Sparta and Effingham Country Clubs for many years.

She is survived by her three children: Robert E. (LouAnne) of Kendallville, IN, John (Pam) of Lodi, CA, and Dena Kay (Drew) Hayes of The Villages, FL; seven grandchildren - Kacey (Chris) Bennett of Westminster, CO, Dr. Amanda (Andy) Dick of Seymour, IN, Melissa Hayes of Norfolk, VA, Jared (Amy) Hayes of Summerville, SC, Lindsey (Brent) Stevenson of Indian Hills, CO, Dr Sara (Scott) Danesi of Sleepy Hollow, IL, and Rob (Courtney) Pillers of Avilla, IN. She is also survived by ten great-grandchildren: Ireland Bennett, Jack and Sloan Stevenson, Claire and Chloe Pillers, Sullivan, Elin, and Finn Dick, and Alex and Louis Hayes, and sisters-in-law Betty Frazier of Sparta, IL and Sandy Pillers of Baldwin, IL, and niece, Betty Clark of The Villages, FL.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Ray, Vernon, Ralph, and Harold Knop, and sister Laverne Bixby.
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Phyllis Bomas
Jun 22, 2019
I am so saddened by Darlene's untimely death. She was a lovely and gracious person and was so missed when she left The Vines. May she rest in peace.
Esther McMahon may the good Lord bless and keep you.pray for us.
Jun 18, 2019
Always shared her many talents and time freely.
Orie and Ann Alessio
Jun 17, 2019
We were deeply saddened by the news of Darlene's death. We were neighbors/friends and got to know Darlene here at the Vines. She was a wonderful lady and golfer and that's how we got to experience her wonderful talent and her great humor.
Our deepest sympathy to Darlene's family.

Jun 17, 2019
I have fond memories of playing both golf and bridge with Darlene at the Estero Country Club. She was a warm and generous person and always greeted everyone with a big smile.
May she rest in peace knowing she made the world a better place by being part of it.
Bradley & Nina Keller
Jun 17, 2019
Darlene was a gratious lady who we met through golf and socially at ECC. She made us some really wonderful cart seat covers as well. Our condolences to her family.
Susan Cameron
Jun 17, 2019
Darlene was a special person.....so fun to be around and a great athlete. She was good at everything she did. I have many purses and my golf cart seat cover which will remind me forever of that gracious lady. I miss her.
Sandi & Wally Edgar
Jun 17, 2019
Darlene and I go back to the 90's when we sat around the pool in Fairway Bend and she was learning Bridge. We had alot of fun times back then......

Was so sorry to hear she was moving to be near family but it was the best for her. Never really met any of the children but we share in your sorrow as she was one Special Lady. Bob was special too!
Pat Hawkins
Jun 17, 2019
Darlene always was willing to help in any way she could. . Thursday bridge will not be the same without her. She will be missed! May she Rest In Peace.
Dave and Nancy Loomis
Jun 17, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. I loved her spunk. After losing the sight in her eye, she went right back on the golf course, laughed about her terrible putting but her competitive spirit wouldn’t have it. She worked so hard and was soon putting like her ole self. We all missed her at the Vines when she left this spring. Rest In Peace my friend.
Beth Wardlaw
Jun 17, 2019
I only had the privilege of knowing Darlene for a short time but she was a beautiful lady inside and out. Sorry for you loss and prayers for wonderful memories.
Dan and Pat Sawyer
Jun 17, 2019
Will miss a great gal who always lit up the party. Shewill bemissed. By all who knew her,,e
Joyce Camara
Jun 17, 2019
She will be missed. It is hard for me to contemplate how she went downhill so quickley. My sympathy to her family.
Kirby & Sandie Floyd
Jun 12, 2019
Bob, John, Dena and Drew as well, Sandie and I were sad to hear of the passing of your mother. While we actually never met her, we could always tell by the stories you would tell how great a matriarch of the family she was. She lived a long wonderful life and if you three "kids" of hers are any indication of the job she did raising you then she obviously did a great job. Remember her well and keep living the good life.
Betty Blind and Loren Clark
Jun 11, 2019
Our hearts go out to you and we are so sorry for your loss. Betty and Darlene were like sisters all their lives. It is hard to believe she will no longer be checking on us and dropping by to visit. Darlene was always thoughtful and supportive even as she bore the pain of her own losses. It was our honor and privilege to have had Darlene in our lives. We will never forget her. You have our deepest sympathy.
Marilyn Rigby
Jun 11, 2019
I have the most wonderful memory of Darlen when I was in a 4 some playing golf and she blew me away with hitting a driver off the fairway. She was a striking , beautiful lady , and I will always remember telling her how impressed I was with her talent ...her response....” It helps to close you eyes”. I will miss her very much.
Jane Jirsa
Jun 11, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to all the Pillers/ Hayes families. Darlene was a talented, athletic, funny, and faithbased person. I will miss my friend
Gloria Beck
Jun 11, 2019
Your mom was a very special lady and will be remembered here at The Vines.
tom & Carolyn Traub
Jun 11, 2019
Sorry for the loss of your mother, she was a great