Darlene Calleja

Obituary for Darlene Calleja

Darlene Calleja (65) passed peacefully from this world Friday, Dec 9, 2016 surrounded by love in Tampa, Florida, at Lifepath Hospice Melech House after her third battle with cancer.

Born April 7, 1951 Darlene grew up in Seattle, Washington where she graduated from Annie Wright School. She soon moved to Tampa Florida and graduated from University of Tampa. She graduated with her Masters degree in 1983 from University of South Florida in Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling. She was a Social Worker at Florida Department of Children and Families – Child Protective Services and Training. She was a Mature Adult Counselor at University of South Florida Department of Aging and Mental Health. She also maintained a private practice for many years in Tampa Florida. In her later years she worked at Boardwalk Apartments (Temple Terrace, FL), continuing her legacy of counseling young people even while she worked.

She is preceded in death by her parents, August Gobel (1990) and her mother Josephine M. Gobel (1999); and leaves behind many good friends who will never forget her. She leaves behind in good hands her beloved dachshund Chloe, or Chloe Bug.

Cremation takes place at Brandon Cremation and Funeral services.

Celebration of Life in January to be announced; donations in lieu of flowers can go to Lifepath Hospice Melech House 1150 N. 53rd St. Temple Terrace FL 33617

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