Helen B. Denecke

November 22, 1924July 10, 2012

Helen B. Denecke, 87, of Manahawkin, Stafford Township, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 10, with her loving family by her side. Born in Jersey City to the late Anthony and Louise Cotone, she was raised there, lived in Wood-Ridge and had lived in Manahawkin since 1975. She was a nurse, a dance teacher and worked for the Township of Stafford. Mrs. Denecke had been an active member and past president of both, the Stafford Chapter of Deborah and the Stafford Democratic Club. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Frederick C. Denecke, Sr. Surviving are her daughters, Barbara Rexford of ID, and Diane Carretta of NJ; son, Frederick C. Denecke, Jr. and his wife Ninette Denecke of PA; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many dear friends. Visitation will be at the Thos. L. Shinn Funeral Home, 10 Hilliard Dr. Manahawkin, NJ, on Sunday from 1-4PM, with a service following at 4:00PM at the same location. For online condolences visit In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Deborah Hospital Foundation, 212 Trenton Rd, Browns Mills, NJ, 08015; or the American Lung Association of NJ, 1600 Route 22 East Union NJ 07083.


  • Visitation Sunday, July 15, 2012
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 15, 2012

Helen B. Denecke

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August 21, 2012

Love you Mom & Dad. We will miss you, but you will never be forgotten.

Linda Denecke-Amadio

July 23, 2012

Barbara, Diane & Fred,
I have such wonderul memories of our childhood at your home. Your Mom & Dad had great parties. I loved watching your Mom prepare all the delicious Italian food; she made so much that it usually covered the whole dining room table. She always made sure there was enough to eat even if we stopped in to visit. The times we spent with all of you at the shore were so much fun playing in the ocean or doing acrobats in the sand. Your Dad was nice enough to pick us up at the train station so we could be there. I could go on & on.
Many memories have flooded my mind this week as I'm sure yours did also. I guess that's why we are blessed to have these keep the loved ones we have lost, alive in our hearts.
Love to all of you,
Cousin Linda

July 21, 2012

Helen volunteered for Deborah Heart and Lung Center for many years and served as a long time president.

Julie Marin

July 19, 2012

As Louise's best friend for many years, it didn't take long for me to understand that Grandma Denecke was truly an exceptionally warm, generous and loving lady. That was clear from the way she cared for Louise during her childhood in NJ, in the way she cared for Louise long distance in FL - regularly calling her to ensure Louise's high school and college studies were going well and sending care packages (which always contained her amazing cookies which she knew I adored) - and in the later years by spending time with Louise, sharing everything from family recipes to family history. It was also easy to see that Grandmother Denecke's love for Louise was mirrored by her granddaughter. Louise admired and was devoted to her. Louise, the bond with your Grandmother is something you'll have forever. You are truly fortunate to have forged such an uncommon love in your lifetime. Remember that your Grandmother loves you at this moment just as much as you love her. Nothing changes that. To the Denecke family, my heartfelt condolences to you.

Charlene Opauski

July 16, 2012

I lived across the street from helen on Charles Blvd. I remember my sisters and I having to dig her out from the snow storm of 1996. The snow drifts were so high it blocked her front door. She was a great lady and will be missed.

Skye Taylor

July 16, 2012

When I was younger I remember going crabbing and claming with grandma. It was some of the best times of my life, except when she and grandpa threatened to throw us to the sharks! :0) I loved to slurp the clams right out of the shell with grandpa, but was always happy when grandma made her famous homemade pizza (because Kyle and Nicole said that was gross)! I liked helping grandma tend to her flowers, do crafts and play penny poker (I often think she let me win!). I will miss you very much, grandma! Rest in peace.

Kyle Shelly

July 16, 2012

One of my most vivid memories of my grandma was one time when we were out in the boat on the lagoon fishing and she caught a small shark. I miss the summers at grandma and grandpa's house. Love you so much Grandma you will be missed but will forever live in my heart.

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