Darla Catherine Hogan, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully at home Monday afternoon with her cat, Fiesta, curled at her feet and while surrounded by loving family. Darla was born Dec. 6, 1935 in Detroit, the daughter of James and Nona Horgan.
Darla graduated from St. Agnes High School in Detroit in 1953. She received her associate's degree from Marygrove college in 1955.
In 1956 she met and married Terence Patrick Hogan, the one true love of her life. They settled in Madison Heights with four of their eventual five children. In 1965 they took a skiing trip to Traverse City, bought a house and never looked back. Child number five was born in Traverse City.
Darla was an accomplished seamstress, which served her well as an associate at Stewart Zachs Fabrics for many years. All the Hogan kids were proud to wear her creations, as well as St. Francis cheerleaders and members of the homecoming court. Darla was an active member at St. Francis Parish.
Terry, Darla and the kids spent hours on the water boating, skiing and swimming. Darla also loved to downhill and cross country ski. In her spare time she loved to read, sew, garden and solve final jeopardy. Darla was also an accomplished pianist and many a holiday found the entire family around the piano for sing along.
Sadly, in 2002 Darla lost her son, Thomas John. Tom was raising three terrific kids, which Darla immediately took under her wing. We fondly told her she was "raising her second litter." We are so proud of JT, Katie and Molly and the wonderful young people they have become.
We loved our mom, our grandma, and will miss her dearly, but she is at peace in a better place with Terry, Tim and Tom and her loving mother, Nona.
Darla is survived by her devoted and loving children, Nancy Anne Throneburg and husband, Charles, of Oswego, Illinois, Martin Francis Hogan and wife, Jeanne (Curtis), of Walker, and Jennifer Marie Linder and husband, Christopher, of West Chester, Ohio. She is also survived by seven grandchildren who loved her dearly, James Terence (Joanne) Hogan, Madison Rose Throneburg, Kaitlin Maureen (Mikal) MacDonald, Tara Marie Vezina, Kaitlynn Marie Hogan and Nicholas Thomas Linder. Special recognition is given to her granddaughter and caregiver, Molly Margaret Hogan.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Terence Patrick Hogan; her loving sons, Thomas J. Hogan and Timothy J. Hogan; and her beautiful mother, Nona Horgan.
A visitation for Darla will take place from 5 to 8 p.m., with a rosary recitation at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 2 p.m., with a visitation one hour prior, on Friday, March 31, 2017 at St. Francis Catholic Church. Fr. Kenneth Stachnik will officiate. There will be a procession to Oakwood Cemetery immediately following Mass on Friday, where committal services will take place.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Hospice of Michigan, 10850 E. Traverse Highway #1155, or to Mass Intentions.
Please visit Darla's tribute page found at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share a memory with the family.
The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.
Published on March 29, 2017