CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – One of Youngstown’s darkest moments is being remembered in a magazine because of a dollhouse.
It is the dollhouse that Sonny Litch and his wife Darlene were working on in 1981 before Sonny, a reserve Mahoning County Sheriff’s deputy, was ambushed and murdered while transporting a prisoner in October of that year.
From the kitchen table of her Campbell home, Darlene Litch proudly read the article that she wrote in the most recent issue of Dollhouse Miniatures magazine about that very dollhouse.
“My husband had bought our daughter an unfinished Colonial mansion-style doll house, which we were working on when he was tragically killed in the line of duty. The dollhouse is still in my pool house but has remained unfinished to this day,” she said.
Immediately after Sonny’s death, Darlene stayed away from dollhouses and miniatures. Then, 15 years ago, she made it her passion.
“Around here, I’m known as the miniature lady,” she said.
She flipped through a scrapbook filled with the 200 dollhouses she has made — some sold, some gifted. One of her favorites is a beauty shop ordered by the customer of a hairdresser.
Darlene also makes fairy gardens and miniature Christmas trees.
Darlene said emotions have been holding her back from finishing the dollhouse that she and Sonny started. She said she is unsure if she will ever finish it.
“We were just so happy working on it. Then, for that to happen, it just really ruined a lot of things for me. But now I’m back into it, so who knows maybe I will,” she said.