OBITUARY

Denise R. Dunphy

November 8, 1966October 9, 2020

Denise Dunphy (Marliere), born November 8, 1966 and died on October 9, 2020. She leaves behind her son, Aidan and her husband, Matthew, as well as her siblings Leslie Gilles (Pat) and Nicki Saver (Scott), and mother Diane and father Larry Marliere. They will continue to gather, share memories and strengthen bonds throughout the years. Her sisters-in-law Sarah Halvorson (Mark), Jane Kayser (Andy) and brother-in-law Patrick (Jennifer) will miss her dearly. Denise spent most of her work life at Eastview Middle School in School District U-46 where she nurtured writing and reading abilities for thousands of students over her 30 year career, and the many friends she made over the years. She was also a successful basketball coach with numerous championships over a storied career. She will miss her students, athletes, fellow educators and hope they flourish. Denise touched countless lives and will be sorely missed. Gone too soon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local animal shelters. Due to COVID19, public memorial services will not be available.

  • FAMILY

  • Aidan, Son
  • Matthew Dunphy, Husband
  • Leslie Gilles (Pat), Sister
  • Nicki Saver (Scott), Sister
  • Diane Marliere, Mother
  • Larry Marliere, Father
  • Sarah Halvorson (Mark), Sister-in-law
  • Jane Kayser (Andy), Sister-in-law
  • Patrick Dunphy (Jennifer), Brother-in-law

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Lisa White- Rose

October 17, 2020

I'm not sure I can come up with the words to truly express my sadness over the loss of my beautiful cousin. I haven't seen her in awhile and now I regret that. You were such a spirited lovely woman. I know you will be truly missed....

Love your cousin Lisa

Cindy O'Shea

October 17, 2020

Matt,
Words can not begin to express my deep sorrow over the loss of Denise. She always brightened up everyone's day with her sense of humor and easy laughter. Denise always made it a point to greet just about every student that passed her door and engaged many of them in a conversation. She would make sure to connect to all of the students in her classroom and never gave up in helping them succeed. I will always treasure last year when I had the pleasure to co-teach with her. She was one of a kind and will be dearly missed. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Cindy O'Shea

dar guyett & Donna Streit

October 17, 2020

Matt, Aiden & Family,

We are so sorry for your loss! Keeping all of you in our hearts and minds during this difficult time. Denise was our colleague for over 25 years! She influenced, encouraged and supported many young lives to go beyond what they thought they could, whether it be in the classroom or on the basketball court. Her laughter was contagious and she left people feeling at ease in her presence. She leaves a legacy of passion and unconditional love for so many.

And one last time, for Denise..."Go Bears!"

Wishing you peace, hope and strength during this difficult time.

Kristi Stillson

October 17, 2020

Dearest Matt,
I was stunned to hear the news of Denise's passing. It took a while for me to process this information.

I will remember her fondly. When Jim Baer and I were in the ED/BD room, Denise and I would share stories about our dogs being skunked. Then we would attempt to figure out ways to get rid of that odor. We would make jokes about it, even though we hated when it happened.

I had the pleasure of really getting to know her at a professional development day (September 2019), as we were seated next to each other. Her smile and laugh will remain in my mind forever.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Aiden, during this most difficult time. God bless and watch over you.

Kristi Stillson

Cheryl Mudd

October 17, 2020

Matt..There are no appropriate words. Denise was a fantastic colleague as well as a true friend. Her warmth and love for others is a legacy--not to mention the healing power of so many shared laughs. Wishing you and your family strength and love.

Lesley Hollenberg

October 17, 2020

Matt and Aiden - My deepest and most heartfelt condolences on your loss. I treasure the time spent as Denise's team member and will always remember her sense of humor, personality that could fill the entire room and below the fun, a deep sense of caring for her students and their education. May her memory be for blessings.

Rose Tenuta

October 15, 2020

Mrs Dunphy was a kind patient teacher and even more an amazing light to all who knew her. Both of my boys had the pleasure of having her as a teacher and coach and although my middle son has only had her for a few months this year she will leave a lasting impression with him. Thank you for being the amazing teacher and coach that you were. Please know you have left a profound impact on MANY young lives and we as parents are forever grateful. Our deepest condolences to your family and may you rest in eternal peace 🙏🏽

William Koeppel

October 15, 2020

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the Dunphy and Marliere families. We would like you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that the cherished memories of Denise will help assuage the pain and sadness you are feeling at this time. We always enjoyed pulling up by boat next to the Dunphy home and seeing the entire family outside enjoying themselves along the shores of the Fox River. Those memories will always be in our hearts the next time we pull to the dock. That “Big” smile of Denise’s will always be remembered.
The Koeppel’s

Sue Welu

October 14, 2020

My heart was sadden when I heard the news about Denise. She was just what her obituary said and so much more. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
I first met Denise as a young teacher as she begun her career at the alternative high school and then later at Canton Middle School. She had such a love of life and was always positive.
My heart breaks for Matt and her son, Aiden. May you find comfort in memories of her and how she touched the lives of those she met. Hold her , always, close to your hearts.
My thoughts and prayers are with Matt, Aiden and her many family members.

Debbie Heiser

October 14, 2020

Denise was an amazing co-worker. I always enjoyed stopping by to see her in the morning on my way to my classroom. She was always smiling, joking around, and I loved her outlook about things.
Sending prayers to Matt, Aidan, and her family through this difficult time.

FROM THE FAMILY

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