If you grew up in Pleasanton during the 1970's and 80's and you played youth sports, you knew "Mrs. Wiese."
Darleen and her husband Paul had two kids, Chuck and Kevin, but all the kids in the town were like her own, especially when they took to the field.
It was those memories that made for a very sad moment when I heard Darlene had passed away on July 29th at her home in Michigan after suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). But at the same time, a smile surfaced as the memories of Mrs. Wiese and how she made people laugh came flooding back.
One thing was for sure: spend any time with Darlene Wiese and you were guaranteed to have smile on your face and a belly that hurt from laughing. She also carried her passion for life into supporting kids playing youth sports in Pleasanton.
"It wasn't only our kids she supported," said Paul, over the phone from Michigan. "Everyone she knew she wanted to support. She also volunteered for everything."
The Wiese's moved to Pleasanton in 1969 and stayed for 40 years before heading back east. My parents happened to be good friends with the Wiese's, so growing up I was lucky enough to be around the family. Darlene would indeed volunteer for numerous things relating to local youth sports, and she would go out of her way to support the local teams, especially soccer.
I can recall countless times when I was on the field and we could hear Mrs. Wiese yelling support. I was never on a team with Chuck or Kevin as I was older.
It was an era when people did that, support each other, a far cry from so many today who seem so self-consumed. Even the word "volunteer" has practically gone away; people want to write a check
rather than spend time helping.
People today would be shocked at the time our parents put in to our lives, dedicating the majority of their time to making our time as youth athletes as good as possible. It's what made Pleasanton great and is something that is painfully missing these days. Darlene was right in the middle of the core group of people that always put the kids first and for that, a legion of us owe our thanks.
To say Darlene lived life to the fullest would be a severe understatement, but to be honest, as someone who was growing up at the time, she showed us a way to live and have fun doing it. Make no mistake, when Paul and Darlene showed up, the party and laughter began.
Living life with a zest is something many of us have carried with us and it was parents like Darlene and Paul that helped us see that you can have fun on a daily basis.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Paul, Chuck and Kevin. In talking with Paul a short time after Darlene passed, we actually did laugh some when talking about her. Paul pointed out it was unbelievable how many calls and e-mails he had received from people offering condolences.
I wasn't surprised one bit. Darlene certainly was a memorable person and for that she will always be remembered. R.I.P Mrs. Wiese.
High School Sports Starting
It's that time of year for prep sports to get going for the teams from Amador Valley and Foothill. We want to make sure we get all the scores and highlights from your games.
Please make sure to have a team representative e-mail in your week's results by each Sunday to me at firstname.lastname@example.org/ If you have any pictures from the week's events, send those as well. We just ask that you send along the name of the individual who took the photo.