Antoinette Denzer

Antoinette Angelina Denzer, age 91 of Ellsworth died March 10, 2022 at Our House Assisted Living in River Falls. Nettie was born on May 7, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York; the daughter of Pasquale and Giovanna (Passalacqua) Agate. She was raised in New York graduating from Brooklyn High School. On October 2, 1955, she was united in marriage to William C. Denzer. To this union, six children were born.

Nettie lived her life with her faith as the cornerstone. It was her family which was most important to her. She loved cooking and sharing her Italian food with family and friends. Her happiest times were when she was visiting or celebrating an occasion with family and sharing a meal. She enjoyed being part of her grandchildren’s lives and watching their activities and sporting events. Nettie loved to travel or to just take a drive somewhere. She especially enjoyed going home to New York to visit with her family and friends there. She never tired of going into New York City where she had worked in Rockefeller Center.

She also loved angels and had quite a collection of them which included many that were gifts from loved ones. She was very happy when she made people laugh and was famous for her one-liners. She could be quite the comic at times. After all these years of living in Wisconsin, her Brooklyn accent remained strong and she was always happy to start a conversation with a stranger when someone asked her “Where are you from?”. For 17 years she worked at the Ellsworth Post Office where here favorite role was working at the window and interacting with customers. And of course telling a joke or two such as “ sorry, we’re all out of stamps.”. Nettie had a core group of friends that meant so much to her. Many fun evenings were spent playing penny poker or 21.

Nettie will remain in the hearts of her children William (Debra) Denzer of Hudson, Linda (Scott) Simenson of River Falls, Jennie Denzer of Ellsworth, Paul Denzer of River Falls, Michael (Deb) Denzer of Albertville, Joseph (Martha) Denzer of Rochester; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings June Romano and Peter (Mary) Agate; as well as her many nieces and nephews. Her husband William and six siblings precede her in death.

She never liked anyone to say goodbye, she said it was too final. So long for now Nettie…

Mass of Christian Burial for Antoinette Denzer will be 10:30AM Saturday, March 19th at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Ellsworth. Burial will be with her husband in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, March 18th from 4pm to 7pm with a prayer service at 7pm at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Ellsworth as well as one hour prior to the mass at church Saturday morning. Memorials preferred to the discretion of the family.

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