In Memory of Dena Urbano

Gathering of Family and Friends

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday December 6, 2019
O'Connell Family Funeral Home Hudson
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Time of Sharing

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Friday December 6, 2019
O'Connell Family Funeral Home Hudson
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

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Dena M. Urbano, age 44 of Brookfield, WI, formerly of Stillwater, MN, passed away unexpectedly on November 28, 2019 in New Richmond.

Dena was born August 7, 1975 in St. Paul, MN, to Antonio and Sherri (Stucci) Urbano. She graduated from Stillwater High School in 1993, and continued her studies at Century College where she participated in many drama department productions and earned her Liberal Arts degree with an English Major. In 2000, Dena was blessed with her beloved son, Antonio. She recently relocated to Brookfield, WI and worked in Appeals Management at Skygen USA.

Dena held an immense love for her family and friends, and she cherished the time she spent with them, especially her little nephews. She was delighted by food, being a self proclaimed foodie with skills in cooking and baking. Dena relished being the center of attention, and had a life-long love of having her picture taken. She adored the arts, and had a fondness for poetry, drama productions, British literature, and live music.

Dena will remain in the heart of her son, Antonio M. Urbano; longtime boyfriend, Bill Wright; her parents, Antonio R. and Sherri Urbano; siblings, Jennie “JenJen” (Jeremy) Gulbrandson, and Angie Urbano; nephews, Luca, Maximus, and Benjamin; her beloved fur baby, Lily Boo; her canary, Prince; and many other relatives and close friends. She is preceded in death by her good friends, Judi Schneider and Heather Whaley.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6th, with a time for sharing memories at 6:00 p.m., at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.

Dena's Tribute Wall

Tributes (10):

    • Sweet sweet Dena! Always the life of the party. My heart is absolutely
      Broken. I didn’t know Dena all that long, but I will keep the wonderful memories I have of her close to my heart.

    • I am still at an udder loss for words. I wish there was something I could do or say to make things less painful. I looked up to Dena growing up. I admired her outgoing, bubbly personality. I have many fond memories as the Urbano home always had an open door for friends and family.
      I remember once some boy broke up with me in middle school. I was devastated and very upset. Dena got me to smile and told me when you go back to school wear your best outfit, super do your hair in make up. Make sure he sees you smiling and flirting with his friends. She told to hold my head up high and don’t let him see me upset. Needless to say it worked and he came crawling back to where I said ” No thanks!”. Dena always had that sparkle. Something not a lot of people have. My heart breaks for her family. I feel privileged to have known her, she truly was a shining star.

    • I have fond memories of Dena babysitting my sister and me as kids. She taught us how to make nachos in the microwave and I still make them like that today. We recently reconnected on Facebook and found out we had a lot in common all these years later. I’m so sorry to hear that she’s gone. My condolences to the Urbano family.

    • I am so saddened by the loss of this amazing friend, Dena, you mean so much to me. You were my cube mate and friend at Hoglund and you shared in my joy of my pregnancy. I can’t believe you are gone. Prayers and hugs to your family and friends.

    • Oh my heart aches. Dena was truly a joy to be around. She was a thoughtful & loyal friend always. I have many fond memories of shenanigans with her as teenagers & as adults. Tatonka – I will miss you dearly. Rest well sweet woman & we shall meet again.

    • I am still in complete and utter shock that my favorite chickypoo is gone. Life doesn’t seem the same without your beaming smile, smarta** comments (which we all loved) and your determined attitude. Dena, you have helped me thru some of the roughest times these past two years and I hate that I don’t get to share more with you or hear your kindhearted advice anymore. I will never forget you and how you literally saved me from myself on some of my darkest days. I only wish I could have told you one more time how much you meant to me. My deepest and sincerest condolences to your family, your friends and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing you. Until we meet again my friend, rest in paradise. ♥️

    • Dena always had a smile and a kind word for us whenever we saw her or got the chance to talk to her. Her laugh was spectacular, and her heart was so giving. The world will be quieter and have less sparkle in it without her. I know she will be missed by so many of us.

    • My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Urbano familia, Dena’s s.o. Bill, and all her friends. Everyone whose life she touched will miss her.

    • Dena was such a fun, loud, spirited gal. I miss listening to her over the wall and her cooking abilities. She was an amazing soul taken way to soon. I know she is a Guardian Angel to her son and Nephew she was so very excited about and gave us daily updates.

      You are missed Dena.

      My deepest sympathies to your family and your partner.