Memorial Services for Darlene "Pug" Sargent-Kapustka, age 83, of Broken Bow, will be Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m., at the First Christian Church in Broken Bow, with the Rev. Seth Bates and the Rev. Larry DeMoss officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at the New Helena Cemetery. A register book may be signed Tuesday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 6-7 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow. Memorials are suggested the the New Helena Cemetery Fund or the Good Samaritan Hospice Broken Bow Branch.
Darlene "Pug" was born Sept. 5, 1928, at home in Palisade, to parents Ray and Lily (Troxel) Colson. Darlene attended elementary school in Canyon City, Colo. until 2nd grade, when her family moved back to Hayes County, where she attended and was an "Aggie" at the Nebraska School of Agriculture. After graduation in 1946, Darlene taught school in Hayes County.
In June 1947, she married Charles Sargent, Jr, and taught school at Custer Center, near Broken Bow in 1947-1948. Most of her married life was spent on the Ross-Sargent family homestead near Victoria Springs. This marriage was blessed with six children; Eddie Sargent of Ingleside, Texas, Debbie Myers of Broken Bow, Bonnie (Tom) Mayo of Anselmo, Cindy (Charles) Wagner of Fremont, Jody Sargent of Pheonix, Ariz., and Waxi (formerly Tammy) Sargent of Hastings. In 1995, Pug married Richard "Dick" Kapustka of Broken Bow and gained loving stepchildren Gary and Kay Kupustka of Omaha. She was a life-long member of the New Helena Country Club, and a Red Hatter. She loved hosting large family gatherings through the years. She also enjoyed pinochle club and playing cards.
Along with her six children, Darlene is survived by 14 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and three step great-grandchildren. She is also survived by special friend Vaughn Lyne, and her brother Les Colson.
She is preceded in death by her four sisters and two brothers, and husband Richard Kapustka in 2002.
For several years Pug worked as a nurses aid at the Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow with her cohorts, Norma Fink and Arlene Schmidt. After her children were grown, she attended college and received her LPN, graduating with high honors while being the oldest student in her class. She worked at the Veteran's Home in Grand Island for four years, and at JMMMC in Broken Bow. Pug always loved helping people and making people laugh.
She passed away December 3, 2011, at her home in Broken Bow, after a lingering battle with leukemia.