Darlene Helen (Donnelan) Mikowski, age 77, of Lansing, MI, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was born on January 13, 1946. Darlene is survived by her children, Barbara Cairns, Bonnie (Bob) Cairns, Richard (Cindy) Mikowski and Amy (Tom) Wojack; her grandchildren, Nic Clark (Jessica), Kyle Clark (Claire), Derek Mikowski (Jenelle), Elizabeth, Drew, Cameron, and Callie; and her seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her children’s father, Richard Mikowski; her mother, Ione Cherry; lifelong best friend, Ruthie; and son-in-law, David Cairns.
Darlene grew up in Yuma, Arizona, attending catholic schools, and moved to Michigan at seventeen years old when she married her former husband, Richard Mikowski. She worked for American Sunroof Corporation (known as ASC) for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren especially when she was cooking and baking for them as well as going out on Sundays with her best friend Ruthie. She loved watching Hallmark movies, judge shows, and spending the day gardening.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Steve Mattson at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 10, 2023, at Church of the Resurrection, 1505 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Her family will receive relatives and friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 9th at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m.
Morning Star (a poem written by Darlene’s daughter Bonnie Cairns)
“Scribe of two mixed up sisters born of the Morning Star
In life we are born a star and no other shines brighter or lesser to a mother.
I can’t leave this earth until I know your hearts are healed. To believe I loved 1 child above another is your worst enemy.
Each of you were born Children of the stars above. The entity of no name, religion, color of skin, no crown or royal birth, each individual each equal.
I have all my prayers answered, my children are healthy in mind, body and soul.
What more could a mother ask for?
Yes we have struggled, it’s true our journey is not fair, yet all I prayed for was good health, mind, body and soul for each of you. I thank God of no name for that blessing.”