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“Dear Family Members, my deepest condolences on the death of your brother and uncle, Fr. Darius. I wish that I could be present for the funeral but...Read More »
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Rev. Canon Darius W. Wyszynski, age 81, died on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Heartland Health Care Center, Jackson. Fr. Wyszynski served as pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka parish from 1979 until the time of his retirement in 2007. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the priests of the Lansing Diocese at St. Stanislaus Kostka Oratory on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Most Rev. Carl Mengeling, bishop emeritus of Lansing, will preside. The Rite of Committal will take place at 1:00 p.m on Thursday, February 28, 2013 in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 25, 2013 from 5 -8 pm at the J. L. Watson Funeral Chapel, 2590 Spring Arbor Road, Jackson. On Tuesday, the body of Fr. Darius will be transferred to St. Stanislaus Kostka Oratory, 608. S. Elm Street, Jackson. The Rite of Reception will take place at 1:00 p.m. followed by visitation until 8:00 p.m. at the church. A rosary will be prayed at 5:00 p.m. and the Vigil for the Deceased will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will also take place from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

Fr. Wyszynski was the eldest of four children born to Chester and Genevieve (Blum) Wyszynski in Hamtramck, Michigan on March 6, 1931. He was raised in Resurrection parish, Hamtramck, until he entered seminary training and formation with the Franciscan Friars in Pulaski, Wisconsin. He was ordained a priest on June 7, 1958 at St. Raymond Cathedral, Joliet, Illinois. After fulfilling several assignments with the Franciscan Fathers, he began serving in the Lansing Diocese as associate pastor at Immaculate Conception parish, Three Rivers, St. John, Jackson, St. Philip, Battle Creek, St. Michael, Flint, and St. Leo, Flint. On July 14, 1970, he was incardinated as a diocesan priest by the Bishop of Lansing. He was installed as pastor of St. Joseph parish, (Whittaker) Ypsilanti in November, 1971 and served there until he was transferred to St. Stanislaus Kostka on May 1, 1979, following the sudden death of Fr. Hubert Rakowski. Fr. Darius was elected by the local clergy to serve as Vicar of the Jackson Region in the
Diocese. He was also the Chaplain of St. Stan's Knights of Columbus Council #8339.

Beyond his faithful priestly service to his people, Fr. Darius was noted for his talents in the kitchen. He was a generous host and enjoyed gathering priest friends for genuine Polish cuisine. Maintenance of the parish plant and grounds received his personal attention, always wanting parishioners to be proud of their parish. He was an avid traveler, visiting Mexico, South America and Europe, especially his beloved Poland, befriending and assisting native priests who became his friends and were welcomed here.

In addition to his parish family members and priest friends, Fr. Darius is survived by one sister, Justine Ditta of Sterlings Heights and one brother, Raymond of Massachusetts. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. His parents and his brother, Chester, preceded him in death.

Those wishing to honor the memory of Fr. Wyszynski might consider a gift in his name to St. Stanislaus Kostka Oratory or the Jackson Area Catholic Charities. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home or the church.
"For your faithful, Lord, life is changed not ended." May he rest in peace.



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