Denice Muzzarelli

SOUTH WILMINGTON—Denice M. Muzzarelli (nee Alderson), 62, of South Wilmington, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home, after battling cancer for over four years. Born Nov. 19, 1957 in Joliet, she was the daughter of John and Loretta (nee Togliatto) Alderson.
Denice most recently was employed by the village of Gardner as a deputy clerk. She also worked for MKM Oil and the South Wilmington grade school. She was an avid Chicago White Sox and Chicago Blackhawks fan. Above all else, she was an exceptional wife and mother. She cared deeply not only for her boys, but for her treasured nieces, nephews and their families.
Surviving are her husband of 38 years, Jon E. Muzzarelli, of South Wilmington, who she married Feb. 7, 1981 in South Wilmington; two sons, Brandon Jon (Heather) Muzzarelli, of Gardner and Roth Alan (Lindsey) Muzzarelli, of South Wilmington; three grandchildren, her precious angels: James, Charlie, Connor and one grandson due to arrive in May; two brothers, Rick (Cindy) Alderson, of South Wilmington and Randy (Diane) Alderson of Coal City; two sisters, Diane (the late Anthony “Slabs”) Serena, of South Wilmington and Debbie (Brian) Christensen, of Gardner; step-sister, Connie (Gene) Williams, of Mendota, IL; step-sister-in-law, Phyllis Yenerich, of Arizona; numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mike (Ann) Muzzarelli, of Braidwood and special friend, Tammy Lenzie, of Gardner.
Preceding her in death were her parents, John and Loretta Alderson; step-father, Philip Yenerich; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Gretchen Muzzarelli; nephew, A.J. Serena; great-nephews, Ty and Ryan Hampson; and step-brother, Ron Yenerich.
Visitation for Denice will be at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory, Braidwood, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 from 4-8 p.m. Family and friends will meet at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in South Wilmington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, Braceville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name may be directed to the St. Lawrence Catholic Church or to the Northwestern Memorial Research Foundation at
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R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory, 401 E. Main St., Braidwood is in charge of arrangements.