Denise Nadeau

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Nadeau, Dr. Denise "Dennie'

Dr. Denise "Dennie" Ann Nadeau, 63, of Chapel Hill, NC, passed away Feb.4, 2013,peacefully at her home after nearly ten years of living with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a progressive neurological disorder affecting the fronto-temporal area of the brain.

Born in Green Bay, Wis., 1949, Dennie was the daughter of Dr. Emile George Nadeau II and Marynelle (Daoust) Nadeau. She lived a life of immense achievement, acquiring numerous awards and honors, both in academics and athletics. She was valedictorian at St Joseph Academy in Green Bay, and studied at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, MA for one year before finishing out her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She earned her medical degree at the State University of New York Stony Brook and her masters of public health at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Dennie spent her too-short career dedicated to the health and care of women and their families. From her time as a clinician at Chicago Women's Health Center and Women's Health Resource Center at Illinois Masonic Medical Center to her journey from clinician to medical director at Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, she will be remembered as a compassionate doctor, mentor and friend.

After many years as a wonderfully loving wife and mother, her family had the opportunity of giving back all the love and joy she deserved. Dennie was cared for in her home for the past five years by her two daughters, Emma and Sarah, her son-in-law, Joah and her ex-husband, Michael, with some special "help" from her granddaughter, Madeleine (now 4 years old). In addition, she is survived by her sisters, Cece and Cammie and her brother, EG.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Physicians for a National Health Program (pnhp.org), Chicago Women's Health Center (chicagowomenshealthcenter.org), Planned Parenthood (plannedparenthood.org), or Triangle Aphasia Project (aphasiaproject.org), organizations that were dear to her heart.

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2013
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