Denise Elizabeth (Kinky) Brahms
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DENISE ELIZABETH (nee Kinky), of Haddon Heights, New Jersey, lost her battle with breast cancer on January 2, 2008 at age 37. Adored wife of Kurt W. Brahms. Loving mother of three-year-old Jacob Patrick Brahms. Dear daughter of Marcita Kinky Pipito and the late Gerald Kinky. Cherished sister of Sharon (James) DiRienzo, Colleen Kinky Butterworth, Stephen (Cynthia), James (Janet) and Neil Kinky. Beloved friend of the Wira and Ballier families. Adored by her in-laws, the Brahms family. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins who loved her dearly. Denise grew up in Haddon Heights. After she graduated from Haddon Heights High School she earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. After graduation, she was a Pharmacoeconomics Fellow, Pharmacy Department, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, then became an Ambulatory Care Clinical Specialist. She was manager of the CVS Pharmacare store in Center City Philadelphia. Denise was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2002. Two years later, she defied the averages by becoming pregnant despite having gone through extensive chemo and radiation treatments. During her third trimester, she developed a brain tumor. She underwent brain surgery in June 2004 at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Two months later, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Jacob, also at Jefferson. For almost six years, family and friends hopefully watched as she courageously and tenaciously battled the metastasized cancer that eventually claimed her life. Throughout her chemo and radiation treatments, she never complained. She was brave and strong in her struggle yet gentle, serene and uncomplaining to those around her. She will be greatly missed by family, friends, co-workers and the many medical professionals whose lives she touched. Relatives and friends of the family may call Sunday Evening, 6-9 P.M. at the EVOY-BANASZ FUNERAL HOME 129 White Horse Pike, Haddon Hts., NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, 10 A.M., at St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church, 4th Ave. and Kings Hwy., Haddon Hts., NJ. Interment, Calvary Cem., Cherry Hill, NJ. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Denise Kinky Brahms Memorial Scholarship Fund for Students of H.H.H.S., c/o Commerce Bank, 500 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035

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Published in Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on Jan. 4, 2008.
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January 10, 2008
Our thoughts are with you and our sympathy goes to her husband Kurt and little Jake the most of all, as well as to the whole family and friends of Denise.
Even though we didn't know her for such a long time, we got to know her warm heart and kindness - we admire Denise's strength as she went through the last couple of years as wife, mother and person like she was, always fighting the cancer and still thinking positive.
She was a beautiful and happy woman with such a warmth in her heart. Denise will be missed.
Family Sven Kniest
January 9, 2008
Aunt Neesie,
Your smile will forever burn in my heart. I will never forget you and everything you meant to me. I will always remember the words you used to guide me. I am grateful for the time I had. The lives you touched made them worth living. You gave us Christmas and yourself as the most valuable gift. All the memories of good times keep us laughing through the tears. I love you.
Amanda Di Rienzo
January 8, 2008
My beautiful friend...

I am honored to have known you; shared secrets with you, laughed with you, cried with you, shopped with you, cooked with you, cleaned with you, planned with you and dreamed with you. I am and will forever be, blessed to have had you in my life and will continue to cherish those memories in my heart until we meet again.

Rest easy my beautiful friend.
Jessica Middleton
January 8, 2008
I am so sorry to hear about Denise. We went to pharmacy school together. She had a great sense of humor and a strong sense of determination. My thoughts are with your family. This is a terrible loss for all.
roseanne degnan
January 8, 2008
My deepest condolences to the Kinky family on their loss of Denise.

I knew Denise since we had worked together at Leopold's Pharmacy. Although now people will remember her for the vibrant and sweet person she has been, as a friend, a mother, a wife and a family member, I will remember her jump shot. She was a heck of a basketball player.

She contributed greatly to the soundtrack of my life as well. She would always introduce new music to me until I was hooked on a new band or artist and I would return the favor by making mix tapes she could listen to on the speedline going back and forth to school.

Always bright and charming, and always good for a laugh and a smile she was as sweet as could be as a teenager and remained so through adulthood.

The last time I saw her I knew she had been having some tough times but she never let on just how tough they were, so I never asked. We just talked about how time flies and it seemed like only yesterday we were laughing it up at Leopold's Christmas parties and how afterwards a group of us would pile into cars and check out the Christmas lights in the surrounding neighborhoods and towns.

So I thank her for adding to my life as I am sure she always adding something to everyone she encountered. She was always a giver, not a taker.

I also thank her for adding to the soundtrack of my life. Her contributions will always be remembered. Recently, in her honor, I have been playing sets of Genesis to remember her by.

May God bless her always.
Leo McMichael
January 7, 2008
Denise and I were Pharmacy Residents at HUP together in 1996. I lost track of her and was so sorry to see the news of her death in the paper. She was always kind. My condolences to her family and friends.
Sabrina Maurer
January 7, 2008
Denise will always be with us in spirit. We'll miss you so much. Jake will always be told what an incredible mother he has. My favorite memories are the years i spent with you girlfriend....and the ceiling will always look marvelous!! I love you!
Michelle Pederson
January 7, 2008
Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for the loss of Denise…my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Denise was truly a wonderful person and friend. She will be greatly missed.
Kristine Hamberger
January 6, 2008
May God bless you all in your time of sorroow. My memories of Denise were that of a young, vibrant, and beautiful young woman with great strength, courage and intelligence. She went on to be such a great inspiration to all who knew her up close, and all who watched her struggle from afar. You will always be in our prayers! God Bless Denise, and God bless all those whose lives she touched, especially her family.
Steve Pipito and Aaron Pipito and The Pipito Family
January 6, 2008
I was introduced to Denise and Kurt via their close friends the Wira's. For as long as I knew Denise, she always had such a caring, positive spirit about her. Her courageous example through all that she endured, will no doubt encourage others. My deepest condolences to Kurt, Jacob, and all sides of Denise's loving family.
Vince Roccograndi
January 6, 2008
When I first met Denise she was a little girl. She grew up to be a terrific person, wife & mother and her smile never changed. She went through more then most and she is in a place with no pain or sadness. My prayers are with those that are left behind. May she watch over all of us, especially Kurt and Jake.
Liz Cunningham
January 6, 2008
I told Denise about 2 years ago that she was my hero. She is the best example I know of how people should live life and had strength and courage beyond anyone I have ever met. Her smile, kindness and caring personality will be greatly missed.
My prayers continue to go out to the family.
Sherry Schumacher
January 6, 2008
Denise will be missed terribly. My sincerest sympathy goes out to her family for the loss of someone so sweet and brave.
Angela Tang-Juul
January 6, 2008
My thoughts are with both her wonderful husband and son and her many friends who considered her family. She was a bright, always optimistic person who lived life to the fullest and always made you feel like you were a special person to her. She will be missed.
Julie Brown-Haapapuro
January 5, 2008
I will miss my Dear, Sweet, Strong cousin. Forever your smile will be in my memory.
Maryrose Quinlan
January 5, 2008
You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.Denise was an amazing woman who will never be forgotten.
Our Deepest Sympathy,
Sandy&Pat Pottichen
sandy pottichen
January 5, 2008
Mrs Kinky , Colleen & family
I will pray for you in your loss.

Charlie Magolda
Ann Della Porta's father
Charles Magolda
January 5, 2008
My heart goes out to Denise's family and just know that she is out of pain. I know Denise from many years ago, but never forgot her. Rest in peace Denise...
Jennifer Yaffee
January 5, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Denise will be missed.
Al Aquino
January 5, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with the family...though I never met Denise, my daughter Kathi Baillie kept me informed of her courageous battle with cancer. May the Lord send his peace and comfort to you all. God Bless
Marlene Hayes
January 5, 2008
We are deeply sorry for the loss of such a wonderful and courageous individual. She is an inspiration to all. Our prayers are with your families at this difficult time.
Scott & Mary Bruner
January 5, 2008
Denise was one of the most beautiful and giving person we had the privelage of knowing. She always felt like a daughter to us and we have such happy memories of our time spent together. I know God wanted another angel but I just wish it was not our beautiful Denise. She will always be in our hearts. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Jake & Annemarie Gibilante
Jake & Annemarie Gibilante
January 4, 2008
Colleen Mrs. Kinky and the entire Kinky family
Just saw this in the paper. So sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my prayers.
Ann Della Porta
January 4, 2008
I admire Denise's strength as she endured the most difficult thing a person will have to go through. She fought a good fight, never giving up. May God bless the family during their time of sorrow.
LaNelta & David Nobles
January 4, 2008
Denise was one of the strongest and most courageous people I have ever met. She will be greatly missed.
Jim and Sue Gibilante
January 4, 2008
My deepest sympathy goes out to Kurt, Jake and the family and friends of Denise. Although I didn't know her that long I can only say that she was an incredible woman. Being a two time breast cancer survivor I can only hope that I can be as strong and courageous as she was faced with the same situation. I am definitely a better person for knowing her. May you rest in peace Denise.
Barb Bowie
January 4, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Al Aquino and Family
(Former co-worker at Nemours Pharmacy in Wilmington,DE 1993-1998)
Al Aquino
January 4, 2008
Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Rolland Coutinho
January 4, 2008
Denise was the pharmacist who worked closely with our practice at The Children;s Hospital of Phila, serving kids and families with HIV disease. I loved working with her, she would do anything to get meds for kids when the insurance companies would deny them.

I will miss her, no matter how crazy things were , she always made me laugh.

My prayers are with her family, friends and co-workers at the pharmacy.

Denise Ramsden RN
denise ramsden
January 4, 2008
i'll never forget your warm heart and funny faces. all my love to kurt, jake, and the entire family.
julie grana
January 4, 2008
My prayers are with the whole family. Anne Johnson
January 4, 2008
We are continuing to pray for God to sustain and carry you during this difficult time.
With sympathy, Mark and Kathi Baillie and family
kathi Baillie
January 4, 2008
To Marcita, Kurt, Jake, Sharon, Colleen, Steve, Jim, and Neil -
My deepest sympathy on the passing of your daughter, wife, mother, and sister. When I heard the sad news Billy Joel's 'Only The Good Die Young' was playing on the radio. How appropriate.
The obituary for Denise was a wonderful tribute to a wonderful person. Thank you for sharing things about my cousin that I never knew. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Bob Cunningham
January 4, 2008
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Mary Tabino
January 4, 2008
Sorry for your lost.
Adriana Vargas,PIC
Pharmacare 0286
Largo, FLorida
Adriana Vargas
January 4, 2008
God Bless
Joe Rossi
January 4, 2008
This world lost a great person. Denise and her family will forever be in our thoughts and our prayers. Denise was a wonderful friend and we will always cherish that.

Matt and Francie Hickson and Family
Francie Hickson
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