Darla Jean Kitchen

July 26, 1961 – April 1, 2023


Darla Jean Kitchen, age 61 of Essington, PA, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2023, at Taylor Hospital in the presence of family.  Darla was the daughter of the late Salvatore April, Jr., and Patricia Baynes April.

Darla was raised in Chester, PA.  She graduated from Chester High School in 1979.  She attended Delaware County Community College as a working mother in the 1990s.  Her last professional position was in the claims department at State Farm Insurance.  In her later years, Darla had taken an interest in law and had plans to pursue a degree.

Darla enjoyed spending time with her family and loved them dearly.  She enjoyed long walks, spring flowers, watching classic movies, visiting flea markets, collecting antiques, and playing with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Darla is preceded in death by her son, Brett Kitchen, and her brothers, Salvatore “Sal” April, III., and Thomas April.  She is survived by her loving husband, Daniel Kitchen, Sr., children, Daniel (Rebecca) Kitchen, Jr., April Kitchen, Kevin Kitchen, Kyle Kitchen, sister Nancy Lotman, grandchildren, Danny, Nickolas, Christopher, Bryson, and Rhys.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Visitation from 10am to 11am on Monday, April 10, 2023, at Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, Norwood, PA. Life Celebration to follow Visitation.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Darla’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (https://alzfdn.org/support-us/donate/)

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