Denise Lynn Adams

July 2, 1953December 30, 2020

On Wednesday, December 30th, 2020, Denise Lynn Adams passed away peacefully at the age of 67.

Deni was the loving wife of 46 years to John Adams and beloved mother to Jason (Shannon) Adams, Jeff Adams, Jeremy (Autumn) Adams. Cherished daughter of William Simantel and the late Greta Adams. Precious sister of the late William “Bill” Jr. (Tricia Flint) Simantel, Scott (Valerie) Simantel, Stacey Crockatt, and Misty (Mike) Kosik. Adored grandmother to Alex Bejarano, Bailey, Cole, Caleb, Chayse, Quinn, JT, Jayden, Spencer, and Charlie Adams. Dear Aunt to many nieces and nephews. She will be missed dearly by many family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday February 6, 2021 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 5015 Lincoln Avenue, Lisle, Illinois 60532. 630-964-9392.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, only the immediate family is allowed to attend at this point in time. We will be streaming the service via Facebook Live so people can attend virtually. If COVID restrictions change, we will update this page immediately. Please check back on the day of the service for the Facebook Live link.

We will also be having a Celebration of Life Service Sunday, June 6, 2021 to celebrate the lives of Deni and her mother Greta. More details to come as we get closer to June.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition:

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition 12221 Merit Drive, Suite 1950 Dallas, Texas 75251

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Sharon Hart

January 13, 2021

I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Deni and my heart goes out to you, Jason, Jeff, and Jeremy for your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of her kindness and humor, all those years we were neighbors. She was a beautiful person, both inside, and out and what always stood out was her unconditional love for her entire family. She leaves such a wonderful legacy to her sons to pass onto their families and wonderful memories.

Sharon Hart

Brittany Matyas

January 11, 2021

Aunt Deni
It’s taking me a couple days to write something here because I’m having a hard time believing this is real. I can’t say enough how much I am going to miss you. I will forever remember all of the memories we have shared. From when I was little, sleeping over at your house. We would order pizza, watch movies, and brush each other’s hair. I think I brushed yours for about five minutes and you brushed mine for an hour. LOL OOPS. All of the family vacations together, we always had so much fun and laughed so hard. You came with me as I found my wedding dress and I’m so happy you got to be there to see that. Now my last memory with you, two weeks before you left this world. We drank wine, wrapped Christmas gifts, painted your nails, and literally talked non stop for 6 hours. I wish I could go back to that day right now, Id stay a little longer and hug you a little harder. My heart aches you are no longer with us, but I’m feeling relief that you are no longer suffering. I also want to thank you for a couple things: being such an amazing aunt, We had a special bond that I will cherish forever and miss so much. Thanks for giving me such awesome cousins, I love how close we all are and support each other through hard times. And lastly, thanks for being my moms rock. Please give Grandma a hug for me. I’ll be here trying to fill some big shoes as runner up best friend for mom.
Love Britt

Amy Beggs

January 11, 2021

When Misty and Mike married, our family was lucky enough to not just gain a sister-in-law, but her entire, loving family, with you at the forefront. We have been Blessed to know you and love you and call you family. The family gatherings were always looked forward to in order to "catch up" on what was happening in each other's corner of the world, so to speak, along with the fun and laughter, and sharing of delicious food and memories. Thank you for being so inclusive and loving. You are missed, but never far from our hearts.
Rest easy now. I know we all have another angel in heaven watching over us.

Bailey Adams

January 10, 2021

Grandma Deni,

From the moment we first met you welcomed me into the family with open arms and became the most amazing grandma I could ever ask for. You were the most warm-hearted woman I have ever met and I am beyond grateful that I got to spend so much time with you. From our weekend long visits to our week-long vacations, i will cherish every moment we shared together. Along with your beautiful heart, you were also incredibly strong and feisty. You were truly one of a kind. As much as it hurts that you are not here to make me your sloppy joes or kick my butt in Farkle, I know you will always be looking down. You fought long and hard grandma, now it’s time to get some rest.

I love and miss you!

Scott Simantel

January 8, 2021

Deni Penny Wenny,
I am writing this to you in disbelief that you are no longer with us, although I am sure you are in spirit. As our sisters already mentioned, you were the strength for all of us even though you were suffering the most. I am happy that your pain is gone but I will never get over that we can not be together again. Since childhood, we had so many good times and you have been my protector! Especially when our brother Bill, bless his soul also, would be pouncing on me and you would come to save the day every time! Your visits to Minnesota on Lake Minnetonka will never be forgotten. You loved the water so much. Being on my boat will NEVER be the same again. Just this last summer I have video of you and Misty dancing on the boat. It was so beautiful.
I love you and miss you so much already. And I will see you again in the next life, so save a seat for me!
Love your Brother,
Stotty Potty Wotty

Andy & Jacquie Anderson

January 7, 2021

Dear John
Jacquie and I are saddened to hear about deni. Our prayers are with you and your family.

A. O. Andy Anderson, CMSgt. 217th EIS (Retired)

Jessica Stevens

January 7, 2021

Aunt Deni - As I share the news of your passing, I describe you as the kindest person I’ve ever known. You’ve always been there for our family and a wonderful role model to me. I’m so lucky to have had you as my Aunt. My memories of you are abundant but a few that come to mind include sleeping over at your house where I observed you wash your dishes in the hottest of hot water before you put them in the dishwasher, getting Taco Bell after our dance rehearsals, and as adults eating Portillo after our tap class with Aunt Misty. No way will our lives be the same without you but I know you will live on in our hearts. I’ll miss you but I’m thankful you can rest now.


Paul Wehr

January 6, 2021


I find it a great privilege to have had the opportunity to meet and get to know you. Since your lovely sister, Stacey and I came together and being involved in several family functions, I know that you are loved by all whom were fortunate enough to be around you. You are greatly missed and always loved!

Stacey Crockatt

January 6, 2021

Den you were the oldest sibling that we all came to for support and understanding. You always had an ear to listen and kind words for everyone. Thank you for being there, I can’t even count the number of times you helped me.
You are the strongest, kindest woman I know. It’s so hard to believe you’re gone. I’m glad Mom got to heaven just a bit sooner than you to make sure you are ok. I’m so sad to have had to say goodbye. You will truly be missed. I love you Sis

Judy Lonteen

January 6, 2021

Deni: I am still in shock and cannot believe you are gone. I want to thank you and your family for taking us in as part of your extended family when Dad and Greta got together. You will never understand how much that meant to me. I used to hear about you guys all the time and Greta loved bragging on the great grandkids. Heaven has a very sweet Angel in you! Rest In Peace friend. Give Dad and Greta a big hug for me - until we meet again, Judy



Denise Lynn Adams was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone very special. Known as Deni to family and friends, Deni will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Deni was born on July 2, 1953 at the Navy Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. She was the daughter of William Simantel and Greta Adams. Deni grew up in Illinois, moving around a lot as a kid.

      Deni had two younger brothers, the late William (Dink) and Scott, and two younger sisters Stacey and Misty. Deni was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings loved each other very much, sharing many life experiences over the years.

      As a young girl, Deni had a number of interests. Deni was an active child who took part in dance, bowling, and Pom Poms. For Deni, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her friends. Deni had a happy high school experience, graduating from Willowbrook High School in 1971. She was also the Homecoming Queen in her Senior Year.

      Always considered a “great” friend to those she knew, Deni enjoyed many very close friends during her lifetime. After High School, she became friends with a lot of people that danced within her Aunt's dance studio - Suzanne's Studio of Dance.

       Deni was blessed with three sons - Jason, Jeff, and Jeremy. Another blessing for Deni was the gift of ten grandchildren - Alex, Bailey, Cole, Caleb, Chayse, Quinn, JT, Jayden, Spencer, and Charlie. She always put her children and grandchildren first, they were one of the greatest joys of her life. Deni was also a treasured Aunt to many nieces and nephews.

       Deni enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and most importantly be with family and friends. Favorite vacations included the beach, Cruises, Arkansas to see her dad, Arizona to see her mom, Minnesota to see her brother Scott(Val) which was usually with her sister Misty, Wisconsin Dells with all of her sons and the grandkids, and Myrtle Beach with her son Jason and his family. As you can probably tell, her family was always a focus of every vacation she took.

      Deni passed away on December 30, 2020 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville, IL. Deni fought a brave battle for 10 years against ovarian cancer, never complaining once and always having a smile on her face. She is survived by her husband John; her father William; her children Jason(Shannon), Jeff, and Jeremy(Autumn); and her grandchildren Alex, Bailey, Cole, Caleb, Chayse, Quinn, JT, Jayden, Spencer, and Charlie. Services are being held at Blake Lamb Funeral Home in Lisle, Illinois. Deni will be laid to rest in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Joliet, Illinois.

      Simply stated, Deni was a gentle and kind person. An individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives and was always there to listen and support them. Many times being described as an angel, Deni leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Denise Lynn Adams.