In loving memory of

Jeanne M. Darling
May 1, 1937 - January 7, 2022

Jeanne M. Darling, of Antigo, died of a short courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday, January 7, 2022, at Aspirus Langlade Hospital. She was 84 years old. She was born on May 1, 1937, in Antigo, a daughter of Frank and Emma (Houdek) Pavlichek. She married James Darling on August 25, 1962, at St. Wencel Catholic Church in Neva. He preceded her in death on April 12, 2017.

She was a graduate of Antigo High School.

Jeanne was employed at the Langlade County Social Service Office and for the Unified School District of Antigo as a Library Clerk for 25 years. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church where she volunteered and was a member of the altar society.

Jeanne was a Girl Scout Leader. She was also an Aspirus Langlade Hospital Auxiliary member and hospital volunteer, and a member of TOPS/KOPS and the Langlade County Senior Center.

She enjoyed gardening, crafting, reading, bowling, and exhibiting antiques at the fair. She never missed an episode of Young and the Restless and she enjoyed cocktails and snacks on the pontoon boat on Upper Clear Lake. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Janelle Darling of Lakeville, Minn.; two sons, Jay (Debra) Darling of Antigo, and Jon (Kimberly) Darling of Wausau; five grandchildren, Brittany Darling of Eau Claire, Nicholas (Paige Pelky) Darling of Antigo, Bailee Darling of St. Cloud, Minn.; Brandyn and Benjamin Darling of Wausau; two great-grandchildren, Grayson Darling and Averie Darling; and a sister-in-law, Bonnie (Bob) Atkins of Sault St. Marie, Mich.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Earl (Joan) Pavlichek.

A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022, at 11 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Hoffmann officiating. Entombment will take place in Queen of Peace Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, January 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. A parish wake service will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

The funeral Mass can be viewed online at the Antigo Area Catholic Church Youtube page.

A special thank you to the staff at the Bay at Eastview Medical and Rehabilitation Center for the care they provided.


Barbara Lyon wrote on Jan 15, 2022:

"Jeanne was a wonderful person. My love of books came from her ability to suggest books I would enjoy when I was in grade school. I'm so sorry for your loss. "

Cheri Ann St Vincent wrote on Jan 14, 2022:

"I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed."

Kathleen Mott wrote on Jan 13, 2022:

"Dear Janelle, Jay, Jon and families- Lighting a candle in honor of your mom tomorrow...I wanted to let you know that shared some special times with your mom when I was a teenager. I so looked up to her! We talked about rock n roll, what was in style, school and of course, boys! I still remember when she brought your dad to meet Grandma and Grandpa. Your mom always had a special place in her heart for Nathan which meant a lot to me I'm sorry I wasn't able to spend more time with her. I will miss her. My deepest sympathies for your loss. Your cousin, Kathy"

Cindy Raith wrote on Jan 12, 2022:

"Jeanne was the best and very kind and carrying. Fun to bowl with and state tournaments. We would always have plenty to munch on,Played cards and having alot of fun. Miss her! God bless y'all Cindy Raith"

Penny Hurlbert wrote on Jan 11, 2022:

"Jay and Family, Please accept my condolences and know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Jeanne was a dear soul. Penny "

Janet (Rosio) L. Schoblaska wrote on Jan 10, 2022:

"Dear family of Jeanne, I knew Jeanne at Antigo High School where she was a Senior and I was a Sophomore. She was so much fun and I still have a black and white snapshot I took of her and a mutual friend with my kodak box camera. I know you will miss her dearly, but she is in our future. My deepest sympathy to everyone. Janet (Rosio) Schoblaska"

Pam Sohasky wrote on Jan 10, 2022:

"Our sympathy to the Darling Family, We always enjoyed your Mom and Dad. They were some of the first people we met when we moved to Antigo. Jeanne was never without a smile. She was always willing to pitch in where needed. If not at Church, the Hockey Kitchen or Optimist Club and making it fun. I am sure she is still smiling to with her Jim again. Pam and Mike Sohasky "

Sarah Olafson wrote on Jan 10, 2022:

"She was the best. I always loved her smile and willingness to help. My thoughts and prayers to the family. ~Sarah Hahn/Olafson "

Karl and Jil Schulz wrote on Jan 10, 2022:

"What a sweet, wonderful lady she was! My Dad, Phil Martiny, adored Jeanne when they worked together at Crestwood. She definitely will be missed. Our love and prayers to all of you. Karl and Jil Schulz"

Beth and Don wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"Jay, Deb and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying that your many memories give you peace at this difficult time. With deepest sympathy and many prayers, Beth "Lambert" Emerich"