Denise Marie (Maguire) Patches, 50, of Strasburg, PA, passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014, surrounded by family and friends at Hospice and Community Care after fighting a three-year battle with gallbladder cancer. Denise was a gentle soul who never lost her sense of humor or her love for life, and showed everyone who knew her how to handle adversity with courage, dignity, and grace.
Denise was born on April 17, 1964, in Neptune, New Jersey. She graduated from Middletown (NJ) South High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Trenton State College (NJ). She also obtained a teaching certificate from Georgian Court College (NJ). Denise worked a few years in the insurance industry at BlueCross/Blue Shield and at Prudential.
Denise loved sitting on the beach, walking in the woods, Scrabble, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, Springsteen, musicals, especially “Grease” and “The Sound of Music,” music from the 80s, and watching movies and TV, especially comedies. She also had some great travel experiences, like touring Europe the summer after completing a semester in London, and making a trek across the US with a friend during the summer of 1996. Denise also loved Charlie, the family’s dog and her constant companion. Denise’s cancer journey nurtured a wonderful faith in God, and she had no doubt that God would embrace her when she left this world and that He will take care of her girls and husband.
Denise was the beautiful wife and best friend of Edward R. Patches for 16 years. They met and fell in love in New Jersey and got married on April 25, 1998. Denise was a loving mom to their daughters, Rebecca and Molly, and loving step-mom to Ed’s daughter, Carrie Placencia and her husband, Delvin, of Forest Hill (MD), and step-grandmother to their daughter, Olivia. Denise is also survived by her parents James T. and Patricia M. (O’Donnell) Maguire of Brick (NJ), sisters Terry Bishop of Shrewsbury (NJ), Maureen (wife of Jack) Kulaga of Lincroft (NJ), Sheila (wife of Patrick) McCormick of Farmingdale (NJ), brother Stephen of Brick (NJ), and seven nieces and nephews. She also will be missed by her mother-in-law Ruth M. (Lubold) Patches of Manheim who gave Denise so much of her time and loving support during the past three years, and her brother-in-law, Timothy P. Patches, also of Manheim. Denise is lovingly remembered by the many friends whose lives she has touched.
Relatives and friends are invited to a service to celebrate Denise’s life at Ascension Lutheran Church, 600 East Penn Grant Road, Willow Street, PA, at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Interment will take place at the Ascension memorial garden. A meal at the church will follow.
In lieu of flowers, The Patches Family would greatly appreciate that you send donations to: The Memories of Love Foundation, 4932 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32257, or to Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125