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NAME DENISE ANNE THOMAS,age 45, of St. Charles, died tragically along with her husband Wade, Saturday, May 23, 2009. BORN: She was born September 23, 1963, the daughter of Donald and Loretta (Nolan) Howey in Chicago, IL. EARLY YEARS:Denise grew up in Elmhurst and attended local schools. Following her graduation from West Chicago High School, Denise married Mark Wold in 1982. She concentrated on raising a family that now included their son Shaun. They were blessed with Drew in 1983 and once again when Kirk was born in 1987. MARRIAGE Denise met her soul mate Wade Thomas at Turner’s Club in Aurora, in 2005. In his she found the other side of herself as well as a partner in crime. They were united in marriage March 18, 2008 in Canterbury Chapel in Las Vegas, NV. Upon their return, they made their home in St. Charles.OCCUPATION / WORK HISTORY:Denise worked several local jobs over the years as a bartender at Turner’s Club in Aurora, a secretary for Scott Industries and later in the accounting department for ADS. Later she worked for the law firms of Maguire & Woods and Brian Cave in Chicago as an IT director.MEMBERSHIPS Denise was a proud and longtime member of Turner’s Club in Aurora. LIFE NOTES Denise loved to garden anything that came out of the ground. Flowers lilacs, marigolds and lilies competed for attention with tomatoes and peppers in her garden. Denise was also a huge animal lover but had a special place in her heart for her cat Casa. She was a master in the kitchen, making cakes and cookies for any occasion but especially for Christmas. For both she and Wade, Christmas was the ultimate holiday and no one celebrated like they did. Also like Wade, she had a passion for motorcycles that ran deep. She and Wade loved to travel on road trips to Creal Springs, IL. She not only was a wonderful mom to her children, helping in Boy Scouts and coaching soccer but anyone else who needed a mom, no matter how old they were. She was gifted with computers and technology but also painted watercolors, cross stitched, and was a master at arts and crafts. Denise also enjoyed trips to Hobby Lobby which fueled her scrap booking adventures. With a green belt in Judo, Denise was also a physical force to be reckoned with as well. Any sports team in Chicago could call her a fan but her sports of choice were bags, billiards and no one could rival her talent in darts. Denise lived in the hearts of all she called friend and her memory will walk alongside of her family for generations.SURVIVORS She now leaves three sons:Shaun (Cindy Hilbert) Wold with one on the way in September, of West Chicago, IL; Drew (Bridget) Wold of Warrenville, IL and Kirk Wold of St. Charles, IL;Her mother Loretta Ley of Aurora, IL;Two brothers:Mark (Darcy) Howey and their children: Alyssa and Loren (goddaughter of Denise) of North Aurora, IL and Pete Howey of Peoria, IL;One sister, Diane Miranda nee Howey of Louisville, KY;Three nephews:Ryan, Samuel, and Corbin and a family of friends near and wide. PRECEDED She now joins her husband Wade and her father Donald Howey who preceded her in death. SERVICE Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, on Sunday, May 31, 2009. A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at Conley Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2009. Rev. Brian Coffey, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Geneva Interment will follow at River Hills Cemetery, Batavia. For those unable to attend, a live web-cast will be available five minutes prior to the start of the service at www.conleycare.com. The service will also be available on the website in an on-demand format the following day. MEMORIAL In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Wade and Denise’s name. Checks may be made to the "Wade and Denise Thomas" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, on Sunday, May 31, 2009. A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at Conley Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2009. Rev. Brian Coffey, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Geneva
Interment will follow at River Hills Cemetery, Batavia.