Sandie Simply Says

January 12, 2009

Goodbye, Chief. You will be missed.

Filed under: General — by Sandie @ 9:04 pm

In September, I went to Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi for a TDY (temporary duty assignment…kinda like a business trip for those that don’t know).  It was there that I met Chief Master Sergeant Denise Mikolajczyk (pronounced mickel-why-check).  You know how sometimes you meet someone and they just kinda stick with you?  You may never hear from them again, but they touch your life in a way that’s hard to explain.  That’s the way Denise was.  She was smart, kind, and a wonderful person to talk to.  I hadn’t talked with her since that week in September, but I still thought of her often and the sage advice she offered.  The last time I saw her we were at the airport in Gulfport (all of us had flights leaving around the same time).  The last thing we said to each other was “See you around!”

Early this morning, I received an e-mail announcing the death of CMSgt Mikolajcyck.  No cause of death has been determined.  She collapsed while eating dinner.  A “cardiac event” is suspected.  She was 49 years old and leaves behind two sons.

Chief Induction Ceremony

Goodbye, Chief.  You will be sorely missed.



  1. I’m sorry to hear it.

    Comment by mrsbear — January 12, 2009 @ 11:32 pm |Reply

  2. I’m glad you two met. And you will … see her around … again.

    Comment by Debbie — January 13, 2009 @ 10:04 am |Reply

  3. I knew Denise as well and am very sad to see her go. She touched my life in a huge way and made an impact that will never be forgotten. Thank you for taking time to remember her.

    Comment by Maria — January 13, 2009 @ 11:57 am |Reply

  4. Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that.

    Comment by halfasgoodasyou — January 13, 2009 @ 5:41 pm |Reply

  5. I’m glad you had a chance to know her. She really was an amazing person, and I just want to say thanks for your words.

    Comment by Ben Mikolajczyk — January 13, 2009 @ 7:12 pm |Reply

  6. I knew Denise,too. I knew her and her husband at the time when their kids were babies. We were great friends for many years. She was a great person, she touched so many lives.

    Comment by Grace — January 14, 2009 @ 6:10 pm |Reply

  7. I’m still in shock and horribly upset by the news of Denise’s death. It just doesn’t seem possible that such a vital and necessary person is gone, and far too soon. Like Grace, I knew Denise in those blessed times when our children were young. As the perfect mom, Denise was such a role model for me and a great forever friend.

    I’ve been waiting for news about funeral arrangements, and I’d like to put something in the paper here (in Fort Walton Beach) because I’m sure there are many many people here who remember her and would want to know.

    Comment by Michelle McCann — January 15, 2009 @ 10:34 am |Reply

  8. I am Denise’s Mom (forever). Thank you for your comments and I would love to hear from you anytime.

    Comment by Joyce — January 26, 2009 @ 12:40 pm |Reply

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  10. This is a very sweet memorial. She must have been a wonderful woman to have made such an impression in such a short time. My condolences to all who loved and lost CMSgt Mikolajcyck.

    Comment by Shangrila — January 28, 2009 @ 3:09 am |Reply

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