Darlene F. Jackson

September 8, 1931April 5, 2018
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Darlene F. Jackson, 86, of Springfield, passed away on April 5, 2018 at The Regency. She was born on September 8, 1931 in Amboy, IL., to Joseph and Lenore Lang Grennan. Darlene married John Jackson on May 26, 1951 and he preceded her in death on March 25, 2008. Mrs. Jackson is survived by her three daughters: Susan Niehaus, Kathi (Sheldon) Butler and Patricia (Tom) Koehler, four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren: Matthew (Katie) Niehaus (Jade, Piper), Jeffrey (Hally) Niehaus (Madilyn, Oliver, Emily, Abigail), Teagan (Alden) Ryan (Jack) and Spencer (Haley) Koehler and many nieces and nephews. Darlene worked as an LPN, a realtor with Reavy, Grady and Crouch and as an Administrative Secretary with the State of Illinois. Some of her favorite hobbies include boating on Lake Springfield and the Ozarks, going on many Illinois River trips, golfing with the Grasshoppers and playing Bridge and Euchre. The family would like to thank the staff of Centennial Pointe and The Arbors for their loving care over the last few years. Thanks also to the staff at The Regency for their wonderful care in her final days. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00am on Monday April 9, 2018 at Church of the Little Flower, 800 Stevenson Drive. The family will meet friends from 2:00pm-4:00pm Sunday April 8 at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 Koke Mill Road. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protective League. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Susan Niehaus, Daughter
  • Kathi (Sheldon) Butler, Daughter
  • Patricia (Tim) Koehler, Daughter
  • Matthew (Katie) Niehaus, Grandson
  • Jeffrey (Hally) Niehaus, Grandson
  • Teagan (Alden) Ryan, Granddaughter
  • Spencer (Haley) Koehler, Grandson


  • Visitation Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, April 9, 2018

Darlene F. Jackson

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Kathy & Jim Alleman

April 13, 2018

We were so saddened to hear of Darlene’s passing. We treasure her friendship and sweet memories of her and John. Sending love and prayers to her family.

Maria Robinson

April 10, 2018

I was so sorry to hear about your mom's passing! Darlene was one of the first people I met when I started working at DOT in 1978. She was a joy to be around every single day. No matter what was going on, she was always positive and that sense of humor always shined. Her laugh was infectious and my work day was so much better whenever I spent a few minutes with Darlene. She loved her family very much and although I didn't meet any of you except for Teagan when she was a baby, I felt like I knew you all from the stories that Darlene told. I also played golf with her on the DOT golf league. I didn't play with her every week but when I did, it didn't matter how badly I was playing as long as I was playing with Darlene. She carried that personality EVERYWHERE!! Her best piece of advice for all of us league members was "Just remember, trees are 90% air!!"
My sympathies to all of you!! I know you all will miss her very much but now she is standing next to your father, John, and looking down on all of you with so much love!

Paula Sellars

April 8, 2018

Holding all of you close to my heart as you celebrate Darlene's life. I know she was a tremendous blessing to each of you, and I witnessed in and through Kathi the devotion to each other that your family shares. I know that Darlene is most certainly safely in the arms of her Divine, and her love and impact carries on in each of her children and grandchildren. May you all find love and comfort in each other.
Paula Sellars

Mariah Brooks

April 8, 2018

When I met Darlene (Kathi's mom) I immediately felt her love. I knew she loved and accepted me just as I was which was so important for me at that time. Her beautiful smile lit up the room. She was a brilliant star of love and light for all that knew her. Thank you Darlene for making our world a better place to live in.

Cathy Muir

April 7, 2018

Cathy Muir

April 7, 2018

It was such a joy to be greeted with that dazzling smile every day when I came to work. No one, ever, could light up a room like Darlene. She was funny and beautiful and everything sweet. I will miss her deeply. And her daughters were so devoted to her care and to her well being, it was a joy to behold.

Rest now, and don't you worry about learning the Cha-Cha anymore. I am sure you are dancing with the angels in heaven now.

Shannon Meyer

April 7, 2018

No one smiled more than Darlene. Her smile and laughter lite up the place. She will forever have special place in my heart.