(4/30/12) Darla Jane Havlicek 46, of Eagan, MN Passed Away on April 19, 2012 After living with cancer for three years.
Her positive attitude throughout her illness inspired her family, friends, colleagues and health care providers. Darla was born on July 17, 1965 in Neillsville, Wisconsin and graduated from Arcadia High School in 1983. She earned a degree in Community Health Education from UW-LaCrosse. Darla's commitment to tobacco control is respected by public health advocates across Minnesota. She served as Director of Tobacco Control for the Midwest Division of the American Cancer Society, and managed tobacco reduction programs at HealthPartners and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN. Darla's extensive travels took her to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Ireland, Scotland, England, Italy, Poland, The Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Mexico, Puerto Rico and to nearly every state in the U.S., including regular fall vacations to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Darla's love of music began with her playing the church organ as a child, progressed through polka music (let it be known, she polkad almost as well as her parents), and included an appreciation for the finer 1980s heavy metal bands. Darla is survived by her parents, Don and Dorothy Havlicek, of Merrillan, WI, her brother Don (Julie) and nieces Jessica, Samantha and Taylor of Stoughton, WI, her loving friend Mark Meier, her faithful kitty Sophie and legions of friends. She is preceded in death by grandparents Josephine and Charles Havlicek, Ruth and Irvin Taylor, aunt Shirley Condron, uncle Louis Burger and cousins Tony Havlicek and John McNeil. Thank you to the University of Minnesota Oncology and ENT departments, especially to Dr. Jha, Dr Yueh, Lucy and Charity who provided outstanding care and support. A celebration of Darla's life will be held at 11am on Friday May 4th at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Avenue in Minneapolis. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the memorial service. Scattering of ashes will occur at a later date at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Donations in Darla's honor should be made payable to the Minnesota Medical Foundation with a note specifying the Adams Head & Neck Cancer Fund.