Denise Anne Thomas, 45, of St. Charles, died tragically along with her husband Wade, on Saturday, May 23, 2009.
She was born Sept. 23, 1963, the daughter of Donald and Loretta (Nolan) Howey in Chicago.
Denise grew up in Elmhurst, Ill. 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. She met and married Ted Riffell in 1996, and in 2005, they amicably went their own way.
Denise met her soul mate Wade Thomas at Turnerâ€™s Club in Aurora in 2005. In him 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, Nev. Upon their return, they made their home in St. Charles.
Denise worked several local jobs over the years as a bartender at Turnerâ€™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.
Denise was a proud and longtime member of Turnerâ€™s Club in Aurora.
Denise loved to garden anything that came out of the ground. 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, Ill. She not only was a wonderful mom to her children, helping in Boy Scouts and coaching soccer, but to 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.
She now leaves three sons, Shaun (Cindy Hilbert) Wold with one on the way in September, of West Chicago, Ill., Drew (Bridget) Wold of Warrenville, Ill., and Kirk Wold of St. Charles; her mother, Loretta Ley of Aurora; two brothers, Mark (Darcy) Howey and their children, Alyssa and Loren (goddaughter of Denise) of North Aurora, and Pete Howey of Peoria, Ill.; one sister, Diane Miranda nee Howey of Louisville, Ken.; three nephews, Ryan, Samuel and Corbin and a family of friends near and wide.
She now joins her husband, Wade; and her father, Donald Howey, who preceded her in death.
Visitation for both Denise and Wade was held May 31 at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate their lives was held at Conley Funeral Home June 1. Rev. Brian Coffey, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Geneva, officiated, and interment followed at River Hills Cemetery, Batavia.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Wade and Deniseâ€™s name. Checks may be made to the â€œWade and Denise Thomas Memorialâ€ 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.