Denise Cecilia Noonan

June 4, 1959November 21, 2021

On November 21, 2021, Denise Cecilia Noonan passed away at the age of 62 after a hard-fought battle with brain cancer at home, surrounded by her family.

Denise was born on June 4, 1959 in Shamokin, PA to Rosaire and George Miller. She received her bachelors from Rosemont University. On March 31, 1984, she married her beloved husband, William (Bill) James Noonan, and together they raised three daughters.

Beloved Denise was many things to many people:

Denise was an educator. Starting off as a student teacher, Denise spent the duration of her career tutoring math. She was locally famous for being the math miracle worker, bringing students’ grades from D’s and F’s to A’s and B’s.

Denise was an avid athlete. She thoroughly enjoyed being a member of tennis teams and playing pickleball in the neighborhood.

Denise was a friend. For friends of 40 years or 5 minutes, Denise took care to ensure all those around her were loved, cared for, and supported. Often described as the life of the party, her infectious laughter and smile lit up a room.

Denise was a mother. She was a best friend and confidant to her three daughters, always there in whatever capacity they needed and willing to drop everything to give them love, support, and guidance.

Denise was a wife who by example taught her husband to be a better person. She was his best buddy and the love of his life.

But most of all, she was a profoundly caring individual who was loved by all who had the great fortune to know her.

Denise is survived by her husband, Bill, and her three daughters, Meghan (and Garner), Kelsey (and Rich), and Erin (and Dylan). She also leaves behind her siblings, Hank, Janice, and Lisa. Denise was preceded in death by her mother, Rosaire, and her father, George.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center ( ) that worked tirelessly to give everyone two and half wonderful years longer with Denise. Or, the Brain Tumor Network ( who provided valuable research and information throughout Denise’s journey with brain cancer.

The family would like to extend their sincerest, heartfelt gratitude to all the friends and family that have been constant sources of support throughout Denise’s battle with cancer through food, flowers, cards, well-wishes, and memorable visits.

A wake for Denise will take place Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 Southeast Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 804 High House Road, Cary, NC 27513.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Noonan family.


2 December

Funeral Service

11:00 am

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church

804 High House Road
Cary, North Carolina


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021


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Nadine and Dave Thompson

December 1, 2021

Words cannot express our sadness for you and the girls. Denise was a sweet friend and an inspiration to all who knew her. We are sorry we couldn’t be there with you to celebrate her life but we are sending our prayers for strength and comfort.

Carolyn Hidalgo

November 29, 2021

Billy and family,
There are no appropriate words to comfort at a time like this. However, may the support of friends and family lift you and provide solace at such a difficult time. I have many fond memories of Denise and so grateful to have spent some time getting to catch up with her last spring. She was a fighter and a gracious example of life lived and loved.
Blessings, Carolyn and Kevin Hidalgo

Joan & Jim Gardner

November 29, 2021

Dear Billy,

Our cherished friend, Denise, now in God’s arms, will never be forgotten. Loved by so many. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your daughters. May God bless all of you as you mourn.
“There are some who bring a light so great to the world, that even after they have gone, the light remains.”

Joan & Jim Gardner

Rosemarie DiGiorgio

November 29, 2021

Dear Bill and family,

We were so sorry to hear about Denise. Our deepest condolences to you and your family at this sad time.

Rosemarie and Dan

Charlotte Ware

November 28, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your entire family. I'm praying that you are surrounded by fond memories of your mom, as well as peace and comfort.

jim civik

November 28, 2021

I met them on a Viking Cruise a few years. They were wonderful new friends, and we shared a bunch of nice moments in a short bit of time.

Michele Dolitka

November 28, 2021

Billy and Girls:

I am so sorry to hear of Denise’s passing. I have fond memories of Denise being a lector at mass, the way she loved to sing the hymns and Billy holding her tight throughout the mass. I first met her on the tennis court , boy did she have a slice shot that hit the sideline with great accuracy. I last saw her in the fall, she gave me a long hug that I will never forget. Please know you are in my prayers .
May perpetual light shine up one her.


Victoria Thio

November 28, 2021

My daughter and Kelsey were in school together. After many years, it was wonderful to reconnect with Denise on the tennis court. I enjoyed watching Denise play as well as partnering with her. Thank you for introducing me to Georgina's Pizzeria. We miss you, Denise!
-- Victoria

Jim and Toni Hauge

November 24, 2021

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on your family's great loss.

Deb Eshraghi

November 23, 2021

Denise was such an amazing friend! Ioved playing tennis with Denise, our fun lunches, dinners and get together. She made such an impact in my life. Was so looking forward to her visit to Charleston. I miss her so much… heavens gain and our loss. I love you dear friend.. Deb