BurkheadMarch 13, 1944-May 2, 2013

Darlene A. Burkhead was born on March 13, 1944, in Portland, Oregon to Enos and Helen (Mattfolk) Kucera.

She died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland on May 2, 2013, at the age of 69.

Darlene attended and graduated from St. Helens High School in 1963. She went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree from PSU.

She married Dean Burkhead and they moved to Montana in 1976. They later divorced and she moved back to St. Helens in 2005.

She managed a group home for developmental delayed adults as well as worked at CCMH and Riverside.

She is survived by her sister, Linda Timmins of St. Helens; brother, Richard Kucera of Scappoose; niece, Stacey Timmins of Beaverton; and nephew, Michael McManigal of St. Helens. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Loretta McManigal.

A Celebration of Life was held May 9 at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Columbia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 503-397-1154.

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