Denise Pappas
1955 - 2019
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Denise Pappas 64

Worcester - Denise E. (Simoncini) Pappas, 64 of Worcester passed away Good Friday, April 19, 2019 surrounded by the ones she loved after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Denise is survived by the love of her life and husband for the last 43 years, John T. Pappas; her two sons, Lee Pappas and his wife Jennifer, and Mark Pappas; her two grandchildren she adored, Maverick and Fitzgerald "Fitzy". Denise also leaves two sisters, the Honorable Deborah A.S. Capuano and her husband John, Doreen L. Quatela and her husband Anthony, her father-in-law, Angelo T. Pappas; brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family members and friends, including her nephew John J. Giordano IV, DMD, who she loved like a brother. Denise's mother-in-law, Margaret T. (O'Coin) Pappas pre-deceased her.

Denise was born in Worcester, MA, one of three daughters of the late Alfred A. and Margaret L. (Turco) Simoncini. She attended Scared Heart Academy and graduated from St Peter's Central Catholic High School. She then entered Quinsigamond Community College earning an A.S. degree in Dental Hygiene. She was a registered Dental Hygienist for 44 years and worked the last 19 years for the University Dental Group. She was a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and Massachusetts Dental Hygiene Association carrying licenses in three states, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia.

Denise was active in alumni activities with Quinsigamond Community College notably serving as the first president of the Dental Hygiene Alumni Association. Proud of her profession, Denise volunteered her time with many dental programs at various schools and eldercare programs. She was a member and past president of the Saint Peter-Marion High School Touchdown Football Club for many years.

Denise had a "Million Dollar Smile". She unselfishly devoted her time to her family, profession and patients unconditionally. She felt a strong connection to the elderly and cared for all whom she came in contact with. Denise was also known for her love of Leopard and Cheetah printed clothes, purses and household items. It was considered her wild side.

Denise was a spiritual person, she collected angels and proudly displayed them in her "Angel Room".

The family would like to extend a special thanks to two of Denise's closest friends, Patty Nims and Luann Loughlin, for their loving care and support.

Friends and relatives are invited to gather for calling hours Tuesday, April 23rd from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and again on Wednesday April 24th from 9 am to 10:15 am in the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St. Her funeral will be celebrated Wednesday, April 24th from the funeral home with a procession to Our Lady of Loreto Church, 37 Massasoit Rd, where her celebration of Christian burial mass will be held at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in St John's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial remembrances in her name can be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, www.danafarber.jimmyfund.org/donate, Massachusetts General Hospital, www.massgeneral.org/donate, or the Rose Monahan Hospice Residence, www.vnacare.org/donors.

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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 19 to Apr. 22, 2019.
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April 28, 2019
John & Family,
So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sue Rinaldi
April 23, 2019
Dear John, Mark, Lee and Family, Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Denise was a sweetheart, fun loving and a great
Person. She will be missed by all of her friends from South Jersey. God Bless and Rest Well Denise.❤❤❤
Laura O'Brien
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April 23, 2019
John and Family - Kenny and I are so saddened to hear of Denise's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. With deepest sympathies, Kenny and Linda Belsito
Linda and Kenny Belsito
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April 23, 2019
So sorry for your huge loss and we send our condolences to all of my cousins who are mourning their loss! She was s wonderful woman who will be missed by all! May God bless you all!
Joanne and Jim Lennon
April 23, 2019
John and family,
We are so very saddened by the news of Denise's
passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
In sorrow,
Brian & Gina
Brian & Gina Tangney
April 23, 2019
Doreen and to Denise's family, so sorry of the passing of your wife, mom and sister. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hold on to your beautiful memories. God Blees all of you.
Paula Pietro-Malmquist
April 23, 2019
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April 22, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. Denise was always smiling and full of conversation. She was so sweet a true angel. Howie can remember the countless times that Denise would pick up him and Arthur up at the bus stop and drive them to school. She made the transfer from Sacred Heart Academy to St. Peter's very easy for all of us because she easily made friends. we always had fun with Denise! I got to know Denise Because she was my dental hygenist. We had wonderful conversations and laughs as we caught up with family events and milestones. May Denise rest in peace.
Howie and Anne Shattuck
April 22, 2019
Will miss you my Friend...
Jack Dunn
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April 22, 2019
So so sad to hear of Denise's passing. She and I attended Dental Hygiene school together. She was such a hard worker and dedicated to our profession. I feel so heart broken, God brought an angel home too soon. Deepest sympathies to all of Denise's family. Will pray for all of you.
Deepest sympathy, RIP Denise
Joanne Johnson and Scott Johnson
April 22, 2019
My sincere condolences to all of you. Denise was well loved and so well taken care of by all of you. Love cousin Shirley
Shirley Barlar
Family
April 22, 2019
My prayers are with Denise and her family. She was an exceptional friend to me and I will never forget her outgoing personality. My thoughts are with her beloved family. Eleanore Dinneen
Eleanore Dinneen
April 22, 2019
John and Family, My Prayers and thoughts go out to all of you at this time.
Carol Hull Massey and Family.
carol hull massey
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April 22, 2019
Our kids went to Chestnut Nursery School together, and you kept my smile bright for years at Steve's practice! What a kind, loving, and special woman!-Blessings to you and your family-MJ
April 22, 2019
John, Lee, and Mark we are so for your loss. Denise was such an incredible person. She had the best smile, infectious laugh,always there to listen and gave the best advice. I had the pleasure of becoming her friend over 16 years ago and she was like a second mother to me. Heaven has gained a special angel!! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Stacy and Michael Wilkes
Stacy Wilkes
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April 21, 2019
John and family. We are so sorry for the passing of Denise. If any comfort can be had is that she is now in the arms of the Father with no more pain. She was such an inspiration to many and the true love she shared goes beyond words.
May God's comfort be known for all during this time and know you are in our prayers and His love. Love to all. Dave and Mary Beth Poissant
David Poissant
April 21, 2019
My deepest condolence on the lost of your wife and mother. She was a wonderful and kind person with a great sense of humor. I will miss her. She was my hygentist for years.
Natalie Moore
April 21, 2019
April 21, 2019
April 21, 2019
My condolences to you and your family. Ive been so blessed to have known such a great lady over 20 years . Even if we got busy in our lives we could always pick up the phone and chat forever. She was such a dear friend to me. I will miss her
Lisa MacDougald
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April 21, 2019
Dear John, Lee, Mark and family,

I was saddened to read about the death of your dear wife and mother. I remember Denise from years at West Tatnuck School as such a sweet woman who loved her family. I hope you are comforted by the fond memories you have of her.

Fondly,
Mary Ann and Paul Franco and family
Mary Ann Franco
April 21, 2019
Doreen
My deepest sympathies to you and your entire family at this sad time. May your sister Rest In Peace.
Boby Johnson
April 21, 2019
A sweetheart smart and a life long friend god bless John a good and loyal husband
Arthur Losapio
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April 21, 2019
We were so sorry to hear of Denises passing. She was our hygienist going back at least 33 years ago. What a wonderful sense of humor she had and was so friendly and outgoing too. Loved the funky earrings she used to wear. She will really be missed! Our deepest sympathies to the entire family and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. God bless.
Joe and Wanda DePasquale
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April 21, 2019
Class of "73" St Peter's CCHS
April 21, 2019
It is with great sadness to hear of Denise passing.She was my hygienist for many years and a friend. Sweet lady,I heard many stories of her angel room,her children and grandchildren.Prayers sent to her loving family.
Connie Zelnia
April 21, 2019
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April 20, 2019
John Mark and Lee we are sorry for your loss. We met Denise in the early 80s and instantly became friends. Although we lost contact for many years we were reunited at the right time shortly before her passing. Rest In Peace Denise and God Bless.
Mark and Rosemarie Brady
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April 20, 2019
John, Mark and Lee, hope you can find some comfort in knowing Denise/Mom touched so many lives with her laughter and beautiful smile, in return she was so loved and will be missed by many.
Denise, you are a beautiful and rare jewel! How many times did we listen to Frank Sinatra...especially the song Thats Life! My birthday was always special because you would call and sing Happy Birthday. I know by now you are planning a get together with your family and friends...when that day comes I will bring the scotch. Love and miss you, Paul and Joyce
Paul Turco
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April 20, 2019
Both my husband and I are so saddened by Denise's loss with cancer. There is no discretion as to who and when people will be afflicted. Some win,some lose. Denise was a fighter and for the time she has been on this earth, she has left an indelible mark on peoples lives. She had a remarkable smile, a great sense of humor, and a heart of gold(3x over). God Bless her in heaven. She has definitely earned her angel wings and is now soaring without any afflictions of illness. Gale and Anthony Pignataro
Gale Pignataro
Friend
April 20, 2019
We shared a family line that was and is shared to this day. The Turcos , the Simoncinis , the
Masiellos , the Locantoris , the Giacobbi,s . Those families all living and growing together on the one and only Ellsmere St. The children of those dear families and their parents made a good life and MOST of all a good name that remains. Denise lives in Gods memory.
Never forgotten. Frank ( Sonny) Masiello.....Lynis, Joel, Matthew, Tanya, Stephanie and Angela
Sonny Masiello
Family
April 20, 2019
Deepest Sympathy to John, Mark, Lee and the Simmoncini and Pappas Family. Denise was very special, always positive even thru the worst days. She loved her Family, Faith and Friends. I will miss the reminiscing of the old days growing up especially her smile and her laughter ! Rest Peacefully my friend, You are loved and missed ! Elaine DeCaro
Elaine DeCaro
April 19, 2019
John, Lee, Mark, Debra, Doreen and extended family,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Denise. Way to soon and way to young. Denise was always game for having a good time and her smile could light up a room. Life is really short and we must live it to the fullest.
RIP Denise. You will be truly missed.

Paula and Louie Quatela
Paula Quatela
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April 19, 2019
So sorry to hear of Denise's passing. I met her and her family almost 20 years ago and have never forgotten her, her smile, and the love she had for her boys. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Tammy Jackson
April 19, 2019
I love you sweet angel
Mary ann Lavin
Family
April 19, 2019
You will be missed Denise with your vibrant smile and Angelic ways. Our prayers have and will always be with you and your beautiful family.
Stephen and Marisel Cicinato
Friend
April 19, 2019
RIP Denise. I am so glad that we reconnected 2 years ago thru Facebook. I loved our conversations, the stories about our Noni, loving being Noni's ourselves, our text messages, and exchanging pictures of our grandchildren. I only wish we had more time. My deepest condolences to John, Lee, and Mark. Denise you will truly be missed. Ciao Bella!
Elena Amoruso
Family
April 19, 2019
Denise you are with your angels now. God blessed your life with family, and many friends. You are such a graceful women with the kindest heart and compassion for all life. I will miss you dearly. Your friend, and neighbors. Love, Nancy and Bob
Nancy Caldwell
Friend
April 19, 2019
Denise always had a smile on her face whenever you saw her.
Such a nice person.
May Gods peace and comfort be with John and the entire family .
So sorry for you loss.
JP Ricciardi
JP Ricciardi
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