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  1. There are no words to describe the pain I feel in my heart. I will miss you always! Happy heavenly birthday sister…I love you!!! Love your little sister 💖

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  2. Denise we love and miss you very much.We know you are with mom and you both will always be watching over the whole family.

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  3. Denise and I first met during the Summer Ministry Program. We were a great team along with the other participants and Sisters. A few years ago, we traveled to Metro Detroit and enjoyed our hours together.
    Thank you for sharing your gifts with us and all the children and adults you have touched. Rejoice forever in eternal peace and love, Denise.

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  4. Dear Denise,
    We had such a wonderful time at Camp Mishannock during those summer months! The Upper Dorm campers loved you! I know that you wrote to many of them for a number of years. We would laugh and laugh, complain about the heat, crab about the bugs off we would go ! You were a joy to me and to all of us. Will miss you sweet lady!
    Love,
    Stella

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  5. Denise blessed the community with her presence, care, compassion and love of her Sisters. Her times in ministry with our Sisters in St. Joseph Center were joy filled and life-giving for her. I was particularly touched by your delight in the simple things of life. As I reflect on your life, I remember how delighted you were to celebrate your Silver Jubilee in St. Louis with Robin and the other Sisters. The pictures of your time spent in Erie were filled with utter happiness and joy.

    I will miss your warm greetings in the morning as I passed by the living room on the 3rd floor and your presence in the Community gatherings in the evenings. Thank you, Denise, for sharing your gift of life in Community and for all the gifts you brought.

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  6. I loved having Denise help out with activities in St. Joseph’s Center, it seemed to give her such an amazing sense of involvement and purpose while she was there. It was always touching to see how willing to help she was with the other Sisters during activities. Denise was a great friend to me and to all who knew her, and she will be greatly missed.

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  7. Denise was always a woman of kindness and welcome. And she defined the word “approachable”. No one was ever alone if Denise was nearby.
    Our community was so blessed by her presence and her death leaves a tear in our Providence garment that lets in the chill. We will all need to pull a bit closer as we say goodbye.

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  8. I was so sad to hear of Denise passing. I had just seen her a couple weeks ago, taking her to an appointment, we laughed, chatted and caught up on what was happening in our lives. She was so happy she had made a trip to Michigan to see her family. She was enjoying life and feeling fulfilled with all the things she was doing for her fellow Sisters. I’ll miss you, rest in peace.

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  9. Denise was a loving person who loved all in her care and relationship. I believe God took her home early in life because she lived her life to the fullest. I am proud to call her my friend and sister in Divine Providence My heart goes out to her family at this time. I cannot imagine their grief. She will be missed!

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  10. Denise is our Sister, Aunt, and God Mother. I call her by her nick name Neicey. She has been my role model throughout life. Even though we have not spent a lot of time together since she went away to serve our Lord, I have treasured every phone call I received. I’m so thankful she recently took her final vacation and came to Alpena Michigan to see us. Our hearts are totally broken and our family is incomplete without her. May you now have eternal happiness. You are now flying with the Angels in Heaven. May you guide us in spirit and watch over us with Jesus at your side.
    Rest in peace our sweet Neicey.
    Love you forever.
    Chantal, Jon, Devin, Jerin, Diane and Stevie
    ALPENA MICHIGAN

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  11. The one photo of Denise in the chair in the 3rd floor TV room brings to mind all the times she warmly greeted me when I came to Providence Heights for meetings. Her hospitality was overflowing; she and I shared a love of sports and would often talk baseball during that season. She was generous with her time and always made me feel so welcome and at home. I will miss her smile and her quiet way of being with you in wonderful ways.

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  12. Denise gave her all to others whether in her ministries or helping in St. Joseph’s. I always admired the kindness and goodness that radiated from her. I will miss her tender and loving greeting as she walked down the halls of Provincial House. ❤️

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    1. Some of Denise’s family has shared that they knew her as Neicie. While we were first introduced to her as Denise, when she became a novice, Denise chose to add a middle name—that of Therese, after the French saint known as the “Little Flower “
      Therese is a saint who was characterized by doing little things extraordinarily well,
      with love and with a smile. Denise loved giving and receiving roses on the feast of Therese of Lisieux. She spent the last 25+ years growing into that middle name. Evidence of how exceptionally well she did it is seen in the photographs and comments on this blog. As she was dying, the Little Flower said that she would spend her heaven doing good on earth. Perhaps, in that too, Denise will emulate her. Sister Denise Therese, pray for us as we pray for you.

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