Darren M. Paquin

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Darren M. Paquin

June 14, 1941 - December 12, 2018

Darren M. Paquin Darren M. Paquin, 77, Elwood, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital.
Darren was born on June 14, 1941, in Michigan City, Indiana, to the late William and Evelyn (Dadlow) Weber.
Darren married Gordon Paquin on Aug. 20, 1966. They have shared 52 years of marriage together.
Darren loved high school and became well known as a singer in Michigan City. Once she even sang a duet with Bobby Vinton. Her perky cuteness and singing talent earned her first runner-up in the Miss LaPorte County contest. Darren graduated from Issac C. Elston High School, then went on to attend Ball State University where she earned her bachelor's degree in teaching. While at college she was nominated as a Homecoming Queen candidate. Darren obtained her master's degree in education from Indiana University.
She was an outstanding English teacher and mentor to many students throughout her 32 years of teaching, making an impact on thousands of students. She began student teaching at Middletown High School, then was a teacher at Shenandoah High School, Crown Point High School and Lowell High School, and Justice Middle School in Marion.
Darren and Gordon moved to Elwood in 1980, and she began her last leg of her teaching career at Elwood Community High School in 1982, where she would end her teaching career in 2003. She taught English, advanced composition, speech and yearbook. Her advanced composition class allowed students to earn dual credit for high school and college credit at Indiana University. In the years of Project XL in Indiana, she regularly had state finalists in the speech category. One year Darren had three of the top 10 finalists, an almost unheard of occurrence. Darren had a state champion one year, an accomplishment she was very proud of.
Darren was equally outstanding as a friend, spouse, loving mother and devoted grandmother and great-grandmother.
Darren's will to live was evident. She was strong and a true fighter as she battled through receiving a pacemaker, an AICD (defibrillator), and two heart transplants, being the first patient in Indiana to receive two hearts, and would eventually receive a kidney transplant from a former student. Through the generosity of selfless organ donation, Darren was gifted with an additional 26 years of life after receiving her first transplant in 1992.
Darren supported the community by serving on the YMCA board, was a former member of Tri Kappa Sorority, was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Elwood Community Teachers Association.
Darren loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandson. She enjoyed entertaining, loved traveling, was passionate about her pet boxers. Darren's infectious personality, welcoming smile and zest for life are but a few of her traits for which she will be remembered.
She will be missed by many, many people!
Darren is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Gordon Paquin of Elwood; daughter, Dawn Paquin of Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin; son, Derek and wife Holly Paquin of Fishers; granddaughter, Loren Swearingen-Schmidt; grandson, Collin Paquin; granddaughter, Addison Paquin; great-grandson, Liam Schmidt; brother, William and wife Kathy Weber of Michigan City; and many nieces and nephews.
Celebration of life honoring Darren will be held on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at Dunnichay Funeral Home, 1113 S. Anderson St., Elwood, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Gary Bohall officiating.
Visitation for family and friends will be Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, 2 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the American Heart Association or the Indiana Donor Network.
Online condolences can be given at www.dunnichayfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 14, 2018
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11 posts

Autumn Williams Shenk
Dec 17, 2018
I am saddened to hear of Mrs Paquins passing . I had her as a student teacher at Middletown High School in 8 th grade. I also had Mr Paquin in ,10 th grade. I was happy to have Mrs Paquin once again for Senior year English. She was loved by all. She was also pregnant that year and I remember our class giving her a baby shower! Sh will surely be missed by all who loved her.
Mike Kirkpatrick
Dec 16, 2018
I am deeply sorry for your loss. The class of 65 of MHS in deed have many memories with you and Darren. I know that you and I have many memories together and I will always cherish our friendship. The Cossacks get together for lunch and share what is going on in our lives every once in awhile. We all remember you and would love for you to join us some time. I am only one student of many You and Darren touch our lives, but I will always cherish those moments.
Ken Murray
Dec 16, 2018
Coach Gordy,
My heart is heavy to hear of your loss. She’s traded up.
God Bless
Sandy Carter Evans
Dec 16, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all.
Steve Sheets
Dec 16, 2018
I am so verry sorry to hear of the passing of Darren. I remember her and Gordon from Middletown High School and Shenandoah. Even though they were my teachers and coaches, we became very good friends. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Love you all!!
Steve Barr
Dec 15, 2018
I was a student in Darren's first 8th grade English class.
My condolences to Coach Gordy and the entire family.
Linda Personette
Dec 15, 2018
It is with great sadness that I wright this. Darren was a good friend and great Mom, wife, and grandmother and great grandmother——- She loved her family and she had an infectious personality. She had the ability to make people feel that they were important. Darren you were important to us and you will truly be missed.
Ron Munden
Dec 15, 2018
Dear Coach, My heart is so saddened hearing of your loss. My goodness, such a sweet lady! You are always in my thoughts and prayers....
Mark Price
Dec 15, 2018
I'm sorry to hear of Darren's passing. She was a very nice and talented person that made a difference in a lot of young peoples lives.
Sue Luellen
Dec 15, 2018
What a sorrowful day for everyone who knew Darren. My heart is truly broken. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family
Dec 14, 2018