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Denise Sue (Nisi) O’Neill, age 76, of Maple Grove, MN passed away on April 9, 2024.

She was born in Gary, IN on December 15, 1947 the daughter of Harvey and Vera (Rowe) Council.

Denise started her career with the Prudential Insurance Company in 1972.  In 1982 she relocated to New Jersey to work in the corporate office.  She moved again in 1984 to Minnesota where she continued her career as an Underwriter and retired in 2007.  She continued to work part time as a contractor until 2023.

She was an avid reader, loved history and an afternoon of shopping with lunch.  Denise enjoyed playing pinochle and Shanghai Rummy with her girlfriends.  Throughout the years her crafts included cross stitch, quilting, crocheting and knitting.  She was a great story teller and kept the memories of her family very dear.

Survived by her loving daughter Amy (Shane) Goering of Buffalo, MN; grandchildren Grey and Paige; a niece, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by her parents and by siblings Myles, David and Karen and her niece Kelly.

A Celebration of Life for Denise Sue O’Neill will be held on Friday, May 17, 2024 with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM and Memorial service at 11:00 AM at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN.  Lunch will follow at Wild Marsh Golf Club.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity Denise was passionate about –  The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a very special organization providing outreach programs and camps to critically ill kids and their families –

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Mary

    So sorry to hear about Denise! She was our neighbor on Sycamore. She was a good person, funny and always active.

    We hated to see her move. She always kept her yard and landscaping so beautiful!

    Our condolences to her family!

  2. Donna

    Amy and family, may all the wonderful memories and good times, you all had together, help you and yours through this time of sorrow. I worked with your mom at Prudential. I also golfed and bowled with her. Such a wonderful person. Sending hugs and prayers. Donna Mattia

  3. Dottie and Dave Leonard

    It is so hard to lose Denise. She and I were first cousins. I was sorry when she moved to Minnesota, but I know she enjoyed her life there. She would usually make yearly visits back to her home town, Hobart, Indiana. We kept in touch over the years. The last few years we became closer as our family dwindled. She was beautiful, smart and fun to be with. I am so sorry for her family, Amy, Shane, Grey and Paige to lose their mother and grandmother.

  4. Doreen

    I golfed and bowled with Denise for a number of years. Fond memories and lots of laughs. Hugs and prayers to your family.

  5. Barb Nelson

    Amy, Shane, Grey and Paige,
    Denise was my best friend and I am heartbroken. We went on many adventures together in the twenty plus years we knew each other.
    I am sio sorry for your loss!


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