The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 15, 2008

Darlene Lynn Mahle

MAHLE – Darlene Lynn, 46, a human resources executive with two leading telecommunications trade associations for more than 20 years in the Washington area, died of cancer March 13, 2008, at her home in Arlington, Va. Ms. Mahle, a native of Patton, moved to Washington in 1979 at the age of 17 after graduating from Cambria Heights High School. Her business career started in 1980 with the United States Independent Telephone Association, now U.S. Telecom, in payroll/benefits administration and bookkeeping. She was promoted to manager of human resources – a position she held until 1994. Following accounting and human resources positions with both the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors in Washington and Stratton Oakmont in Bethesda, Md., she joined the Telecommunications Industry Association in 1997. Her service at TIA as director of human resources included supervision of the information technology and office service teams, until she resigned for health reasons four years ago. Ms. Mahle was a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and she served on the board of the INOVA Employee Assistance Program. She was honored with the Human Resources Shaker & Mover Award during her career. Her husband of 27 years, Rick Mahle, died of cancer last year on March 10. He was a superintendent for Glass Construction, working as a builder and master craftsman. “Darlene loved people and treated everyone as though they were part of her special family circle,” said her father, Jim Semelsberger of Patton and Jensen Beach, Fla. Those of us closest to her called her “Momma Mahle” because of her generosity for everyone, especially her boys, Dezal and Barney. She is preceded in death by her mother, Norbie Semelsberger. Survivors in addition to her father, include numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends may call on Monday, March 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 22203, where funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday with interment to follow at Dumfires Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Evercare Hospice, 8245 Boone Blvd., Suite 401, Vienna, Va. 22182.

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