Denise M. (Falcone) Carpenter, age 62, of Elgin, formerly of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on June 26th, 2018

CarpenterProm date and beloved wife of John, Devoted mother of Jennifer, Joseph (Alyssa), Deanna (Anthony) Coronato. Second Mom of too many to name. Best Grandma ever to Ayden, Nino, Naiya & Nica and 5 babies waiting to play with her in heaven, among many others who also considered her a Grandma! She is the curly haired pride and joy of Joe & Josephine Falcone. Baby Sister of Carol Cieslowski & Susan DiCosola. Sister in law of Dick (& Cheri) Carpenter, Cousin of Rick (& Shelly) Salisbury. Beloved niece & cousin to the Greco family of Michigan whom she enjoyed many summers of “Street Dances,” swimming at Paw Paw lake and picking and eating fresh blackberries, peaches & concord grapes. She is an Aunt & Great Aunt to many.

Winner of the Golden Birdie at Proviso West class of 1973. Employee of the month at Sun Drugs of Hillside. Proud graduate of Selans cosmetology school of Oak Park. Her drinks of choice were black coffee and occasional rum stone sours at weddings, which always helped to get her dancing shoes on. Star bowler of Brunswick Bowling Alley of Glendale Heights from the late 80s to the early 90s. She is a friend to many and considered her friends to be her family. Always staying connected to everyone she bonded with from close friends from high school, her hospital roommate from 1979, to her coworkers from Jewel and Enesco.

She was a longtime supporter of The Addison Swim Team, head cheerleader for the Flames, Huskies, Raiders, ATHS Blazers and the Highlander’s of Driscoll Catholic and of MacMurray College. PTA treasurer and Co-Head ornament maker alongside her friend Shelly Echols for Lake Park Elementary school of Addison. Seamstress to the stars of the Franklin Park and Center Ice Arena Ice Show participants. She is known as the baby whisperer of the Midwest as she had never met a baby she couldn’t sing or lull to sleep snuggled on her chest. Original member of the Steel Magnolias (Darlinns Beauty Studio Chapter.) Nearly undefeated Scrabble strategist. Founding member of 20 years and running Bunco Babes originally of Lombard. Avid Trivial Pursuit player, and loyal customer of Aurelios Pizza.

Often found cruising in her car of the moment, which was ideally always pearl white, belting out ballads like Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath my Wings”, “The Rose” or country hits by Tim McGraw or Little Texas. She loved turning everything she possibly could into a surprise. She spent her final days at home snuggled under a blanket from her coworkers visiting with friends and family and telling us the lines of her favorite show “I Love Lucy” before the characters spoke them.

She will be missed forever and loved always.

Memorials to The Bone Marrow Foundation, 515 Madison Ave., Suite 1130, New York, NY 10022 would be appreciated.

Visitation Thursday, June 28, 3-9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard.  Funeral Friday, June 29, 10 AM at Brust Funeral Home.  Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home. Visit or call 888-629-0094 for more information.


7 Comments so far ↓

  1. Amy & Megan says:

    There are no words to express my sorrow at Denise’s passing. She embraced me in to the family, rejoiced in the first great-niece and loved us so very much. So many fond memories of her laughter, tears, words, and haircuts. She will forever be loved and missed <3

  2. Vincenzo and Maria Falcone(Enzo) says:

    So sorry to hear about Denise’s passing!Our Condolences to Joe and his family and to Carol’s and Susan’s families as well.Sending our love and prayers,to all of you.

  3. Nancy Messina says:

    Denise was a very special Lady.I am so happy to have had the opportunity to know her ,through Enesco.She spoke frequently about her Grandson,he was the light of her life. May she rest in peace.

  4. Stephanie Baker and Tom Baker says:

    Our prayers and love go out to Denise’s entire family.We have great memories with Denise at the Addison Swim Team. Lots of laughs and most of all a lots of fun.

  5. Kim Charbonneau says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear of the loss of a great mom and grandma. My condolences to Joe and the family.

  6. Ken & Jill Weber says:

    John & Family, Carol & Family, and Susan & Family:
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

  7. Meryl says:

    I am very sorry that you have suffered this loss. It is hard to know just what to say when a loved one dies. Be assured that our loving Creator is aware of your loss and pain. Through His son, Christ Jesus, he has arranged to bring back to life, “all those in the memorial tombs.” (John 5:28,29) At that time, Rev. 21:3-5 says: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also, he says: “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved wife, mother, grandma and friend. May God’s Word comfort you and your family. Sincerely, Meryl, –

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