Marlene Hayes

IRON MOUNTAIN – Marlene Frances Hayes, 75, of Iron Mountain, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

She was born Aug. 23, 1937, in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Lucille (Trevillian) and John Mikolajczyk.

Marlene was a lifelong resident of the area. She dedicated her life to helping others throughout her 25-year career at St. Vincent de Paul, volunteer work at nursing homes, and her willingness to do anything for her friends and family. Marlene enjoyed watching Michigan State University basketball, baking, working in her yard, and visiting with friends. She was a very caring and compassionate person.

She is survived by her beloved daughter, Amy Hayes Baranski of Royal Oak, Mich.; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends including the Despins, Ron and Debbie Flannery, Cathy Lehto, Mae Chartier, Jody Plonke, Rose Bubloni, Fran Orler, and her two special “grandchildren,” Danielle and Mallory Flannery.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Mikolajczyk and her sister, Patricia Ray.

Visitation will be Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.

The memorial service will follow Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Timothy E. Ekaitis will officiate.

Burial will be in the Norway Cemetery in the spring.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Marlene or leave a condolence for her family online at

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain to honor Marlene’s legacy of life.