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January 20, 1956 – Friday, September 18, 2009

Service Information
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo
Friday, September 25, 2009

Visitation Information

Denise Mezera, age 53, of Buffalo, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, September 18, 2009.

**In lieu of flowers, a donation made in Denise’s name to the Tri-County Humane Society or the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation would be appreciated.

Denise was born on January 20, 1956 to Robert and Shirley Determan in Stillwater, MN. She graduated from nursing school and worked as a nurse for over 18 years. She was working at Allina Clinic in Buffalo at the time of her death. She married the love of her life, John Mezera, on February 25th, 1978, and their marriage was blessed with three children. In her spare time, Denise enjoyed fishing, baking, antiques, and spending time with her grandson Evan, who she adored. She was very talented and enjoyed experimenting in arts and crafts with hobbies in areas such as quilting, stained glass, poetry, and painting. Denise is survived by her loving husband, John Mezera; children: Allyson (Eric) Kisner, Adam Mezera and Joe Mezera; grandson Evan Kisner; brothers: Scott (Roxane) Determan and Mike (Debra) Determan; father and mother-in-law John Sr. (Virgina) Mezera; sister-in-law Laurie (Mike) Mezera-Kerr; brother-in-law Steve (Rebecca)Mezera; her beloved dogs: Emma, Abby and Mandi; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Denise was preceded in death by her parents: Robert and Shirley Determan; brother Johnny Determan; uncle Don Determan and grandma Garner. A memorial will be held on Friday, September 25 from 3-6 PM at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. All are welcome to join in the celebration of Denise’s life following the memorial at 6pm, located at 305 Douglas Drive in Buffalo.

**In lieu of flowers, a donation made in Denise’s name to the Tri-County Humane Society or the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation would be appreciated.

17 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lisa Middagh

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Denise was such a wonderful person and a caring nurse. She will be missed by many!

  2. Judi Martin

    Johnny and family, I have you all in my prayers. I was shocked and saddened to hear of this news. We had so many fun times over the years on all the “girl’s trips we took together. She will be missed by so many. I will not be able to attend the memorial service, but I will be there with you in spirt. Love you guys. Judi Martin

  3. Gina (Loch) Gertner

    My deepest condolences to your entire family on the passing of DeeDee. I have many fond memories of her and know you do as well. May those memories sustain you. My prayers are with you.

  4. Beth Hartneck

    I worked with denise on Med surg at Buffalo hospital. I saw her almost every week walking around at the clinic or hospital. she will be miss greatly. She had a beautiful smile and was very kind and compassionate. I am going to miss her.

  5. Vicki Davis

    The Tri-County Humane Society is grateful to be considered for donations made in memory of Denise Mezera. What a fitting tribute to an animal lover. The gifts will be put to good use, taking care of the animals until they can find a new home.
    On their behalf, thank you for thinking of us.
    Vicki Davis, CAWA
    Executive Director

  6. Brian and Pam Danielson

    John, Allyson, Adam and Joe,
    We are so saddened to hear of the loss of your wife and mom. DeeDee was a wonderful lady – talented, funny, and a pleasure to visit with. She was the kind of neighbor you love to have around. She loved her family so very much and she will be missed. Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do to help you get through this.
    Brian and Pam

  7. Jo Ann Stradtmann

    My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. May God bless and keep each of you in his Grace as this difficult time. Jo Ann

  8. Marie Hunter

    May all of your happy and
    loving memories of Denise
    bring you much comfort in
    these sad days.
    Marie Hunter
    Lake Placid, FL.
    I am a long time friend of
    Ginny and John.

  9. Becky Garner Jenkins

    John,Allyson,Adam,Joe,Mike,Scott & Family.

    I cannot express deep enough how saddened I was to hear of DeeDee’s passing. She was my cousin deedee, and I will always remember her as being the strong independent one, always smiling and cracking jokes, always had your best interest at heart, always had the greatest outlook on life. She was a wonderful lady, sister, and wife and mother. I will miss her dearly. You all have our deepest sympathy for your loss. Please know our hearts are with you.
    God Bless.

  10. Rick and Lynn Braegelmann and Family

    We were shocked to hear of DeeDees passing, please know our prayers and thoughts go out to your family. DeeDee will be missed greatly.

  11. Mary Jo Stubstad

    John, Ally, Adam & Joe,
    Craig & I were so very sad to hear of your loss. We haven’t been your neighbors for awhile, but have many, many great memories of when we were. DeeDee was a very special and caring person and will be missed. We feel very fortunate to have known her. You are in our prayers. Love,
    Craig & Mary Jo Stubstad

  12. Jeanne Thieschafer

    Denise was a classmate of mine in Swanville. My condolences go out to your family

  13. doug quinn

    John & family, we were greatly saddened to hear of your loss. We will be keeping you in our prayers.

  14. Jessica Barthel

    I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with your family.

  15. Dave,Sue,Kristin and Sarah Wiersgalla

    John and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, at this most difficult time, Dede was a great lady, sweet and full of life, she will be deeply missed by everyone. God has another angel looking down on us. With warmest regards, the Wiersgalla’s

  16. Joanne Lhotka

    thinking of you.

    I used to work with Denise at the Alina Clinic. Denise was a very kind and caring person and she will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you.

  17. linda rosty

    I was very sorry to hear of DeDe’s passing. We were classmates at Swanville High. We were best friends. We had so much fun together. So sorry for the loss. L


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