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Rosemary Anna Darling (Smigiel), 69 of Grand Rapids, MI passed away Friday, January 3, 2020 of kidney failure and other health issues.


Rosemary was born in Grand Rapids, MI on December 30, 1950. She graduate from West Catholic High School, Class of 69.  She married her husband in 1975, had three children and helped raise many others.


She joins her husband Ivan ‘Ike’ Darling , mom, dad, and other loved ones in death.

She’s survived by her children Lisa (Salvador), Angie, and Ikey, and grandson Zayden.

Brother Ted (Wanda) Smigiel.

Sisters-in-laws Claudia (Kenny) Holton and Ruth (Barry) Hoestra. Brother-in-laws Bill (Viann) and Terry (Robin) Darling. And many nieces and nephews.


A remembrance will be held on Saturday, January 18 at 2 PM at Coit Church located at 600 Lafayette Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Hope to see family and friends there.


After a long battle with multiple health conditions she has gone to be with her Heavenly Father. She had a pure heart and would do anything to help others, even if it was her last. She was the happiest being around her family and friends and she loved it. A quiet person but spoke up when needed. She was an earth angel and will greatly be missed.


To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Rosemary’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Julie, nurse care manager on January 10, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Rosemary was a dear heart and she will always hold a special place in my heart. She loved her family so much and looked out for others before herself. It was an honor to be a part of her journey here on earth and it is a blessing that she is is no longer suffering and is now at peace.

  2. Cheryl Meade on January 10, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Rosemary and I shared many cups of coffee together and then we would talk for hours. I remember how much she would encourage me to do what I felt was best for me. Thank you Lord for allowing me the privilege of having a beautiful Angel to call my friend. Lisa, Angie & Ike Jr. I hope you all know how loved your mother is by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. My prayers for you all will continue.

  3. amanda arasia on January 10, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    Rosemary had one of the most kind hearts God made. here home was a home to many. She never turned anyone away. She was a mother and friend to all children not just her own. im proud to have known her and to have been apart of her family. she is one amazing soul and she is definitely loved and missed. happy to have been part of her dash… 12/30/1950 – 01/03/2020..

  4. Greg Littell on January 17, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    I spoke to Rosemary at a reunion and looked for her at the next one(s) and missed her. I remember having a nice feeling that we spoke. I keep her, her family and loved ones in my prayers.

  5. Marge on March 7, 2020 at 2:44 am

    I have thought of finding Rosemary over the years. It took some sleuthing, but here is where the search took me. She was a only a month younger than I, but a year behind me in school. We both worked at the drugstore and sometimes we walked home from school together. I remember her as frequently smiling. Sometimes that smile was crooked. I remember her laugh. She talked me into trying a pineapple milk shake. It sounded awful, but it was surprisingly delcious. When we went out together on weekends it was always fun. She would laugh in triumphant when she won at arm wrestling, and she never lost. The guys were surprised every time. Many were impressed. Rosemary just didn’t look like a powerhouse. After I graduated high school our paths devided. I never knew the adult Rosemary, but the teenager was terrific. There are people who you remember for a long time, and there are people you never forget. Rosemary, I never forgot you even if we lost touch. Rest in peace, friend.

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