Darlene A. Holappa
August 30, 1921 – March 9, 2020
Darlene A. Holappa (nee: Miller), age 98, of Dearborn Heights, passed away March 9, 2020 in Westland. Mrs. Holappa was born on August 30, 1921 in Muscatine, Iowa to John and Blanche Miller the second of their three children and only daughter. Her family moved from Iowa to Detroit for work. She met Norman Holappa at a dance, and they married on June 20, 1942. They enjoyed 53 years of marriage. They welcomed their daughter to the family in 1952. Darlene worked for Burroughs Corporation (later called Unisys) for 25 years before she retired. She enjoyed dancing and doing many types of crafts. She was always busy and productive.
Mrs. Holappa is survived by her daughter Pamela (Nick) Beldean; granddaughter, Bonnie (Paul) Tugby; grandson, Nick (Laura) Beldean; great-grandchildren Darius Tugby, Marcus Tugby, Francesca Beldean and Estella Beldean. In addition to her parents, Darlene was predeased by her husband, Norman and two brothers, Ken Miller and Maurice "Mo" Miller.
Friends may visit from 12:30 - 1:30 at the Oak Chapel at Oakland Hills Memorial Cemetery 43300 West Twelve Mile Road, Novi, Michigan 48377.
Please share memories of Darlene and condolences with the family at her online guest book.
- Visitation at the Cemetery Friday, March 13, 2020
Darlene A. Holappa
March 12, 2020
Sending my love for my aunt, and family.
Pam is like a sister to me, and know how much her love was for her mom.
I would call my aunt every week, and she said I was her sunshine and we both enjoyed our phone calls. My last visit was in September, and was happy we could be there.
When I was little, my aunty was feeding me and I didn't want to eat! So she said if you don't eat it I WILL. Well, I shoved the plate to her, and I said than you “EAT IT”. It’s been a joke, Ever since.
I love you, and will miss you.
Love from Jeff, Gail and Charley