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Denise Rizk

Denise Sadie Rizk

Friday, June 20th, 1952 - Monday, December 24th, 2018
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Obituary

THE CASEY FAMILY IS HONORED TO BE ASSISTING AND CARING FOR THE FAMILY OF DENISE RIZK

WATERBURY - The family of Denise Sadie Rizk sadly announces her passing on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at the Cheshire House. One of God's most special and innocent children, she was born on June 20, 1952 to the late Rose and Fuad Rizk and was the younger sister of Linda Ann (Rizk) Noujaim, all of Waterbury, who were Denise's indomitable, fierce protectors, showering her with tender care her entire life.

A gentle and loving soul, Denise always had a bright and cheery "Hi!" for everyone she met. She attended Duggan and Croft Schools and competed for Special Olympics in basketball, her favorite sport. A Lakers fan, she also enjoyed shooting hoops outside the family home on Idylwood Avenue with her nieces, whom she cherished and babysat for often, listening to records, and teaching them the finer points of 80s music. She was proud to be trusted with them and kept a close eye on them while they did their homework; they spent many an afternoon playing cards together, especially "Go Fish."

Her record collection was impressive, and she could often be found laughing as her nieces danced across the room, and later, dancing herself whenever she had the chance at events held in the ballroom at the Village at East Farms, where she and Rosie moved together in 1998. Her excitement for rock and roll, especially the music of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson, was well known by all, as was her sweet tooth. Denise would never turn down a tasty treat, be it cookies or candy, though her favorite was chocolate ice cream, which she ate morning, noon, and night.

Denise's fondness for "eating light" during dinner so she always had room for dessert was much-delighted common knowledge and will always be a treasured family memory. A social butterfly, Denise never sat still if she didn't have to, and for many years, she relished spending time at her sister and brother-in-law’s home, going to Mohegan Sun, and out to restaurants, specifically Friendly's and The Olive Garden, with many wonderful friends. Her hobbies included watching action movies, and she was well-versed in pop culture. She also enjoyed taking full advantage of all the activities offered at both the Village and the Cheshire House, including Bingo, cooking classes, and golf. She was a devoted "General Hospital" fan and never missed an episode, often reporting on a particular storyline she especially liked by informing anyone who asked that "it's getting good."

Denise was blessed to have many friends and family who shared many kindnesses with her throughout her life. She is survived by her most adored best friend, staunchest and fiercest shield and advocate, her sister, Linda, and her brother-in-law, former State Representative Selim G. Noujaim; her nieces, with whom she shared hundreds of grand moments, Bridget Marie Noujaim of Waterbury, Jessica Rose (Fortunato) Cusato of Westchester, NY, and Rebecca Lynn (Brian) Waite of Long Island, NY; one great-nephew, Vincenzo Elias; one great-niece, Emmanuelle Rose, and many dear cousins and terrific friends. In addition to her beautiful and deeply-missed parents, she was predeceased by her Aunt Adele and Uncle, former Waterbury Alderman Naim Rizk, who helped raise and support her.

Denise and her family would like to send a special thank you to all the staff from the Village at East Farms for their caring hearts during the years she lived there, and, more recently, to her companions and the personnel of the Cheshire House.

Funeral services for Denise will be held from Eastside Memorial, a Casey Family Funeral Home, 1987 East Main St., Waterbury, to SS. Peter & Paul Church, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29. Those planning to attend are asked to meet directly at the church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday, Dec. 28, from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Denise's family requests that memorial donations be made to one of Denise’s favorite places to go on an outing: The Maassir Annual Reunion Association (MARA), c/o 73 Highview Drive, Harwinton, CT 06791; or to VITAS Healthcare, 199 Park Road Ext., Middlebury, CT 06762. To extend online expressions of sympathy to the family or for additional information, kindly visit the funeral home website at: www.eastsidememorial.com.

"Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday." -- A.A. Milne
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, December 29th, 2018 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, December 29th, 2018 11:00am
    Location
    Saints Peter & Paul Church
    Address
    56 Southmayd Rd
    Waterbury, CT 06705
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    Officiant
    Rev. John Lavorgna
  • Interment

    Location
    Calvary Cemetery
    Address
    2324 East Main ST
    Waterbury, CT 06705
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Karen Sheehy

Posted at 08:16pm
Dear Linda, so sorry to hear of Denise’s passing. We all carry fond memories of Denise at The Village at East Farms. Deepest Sympathy! Karen Sheehy
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Sean Pyshna

Posted at 05:17pm
Dear Linda, Selim and family, Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Our prayers and well wishes are with you at this time. God Bless. Sean Pyshna and Michele Mitchell
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Mary Perugini

Posted at 09:41am
DearLinda and family, so very sorry to hear of Denise's passing. I have thought of her often always with a smile. She was my best buddy at the village. Always smiling, ready to lend a helping hand,I had a true friend! Shewas a little ray of sunshine,always ready for whatever activity was going on . May your memories of Denise,her innocence,loyalty and love keep you strong during this time.Much Love,Mary Perugini

Jillian Holt

Posted at 09:13am
Rest in Peace, Denise. Love and Light to the entire family!
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George and Nawal Haddad

Posted at 03:35pm
Our deepest sympathy to Linda and her family Allah yirhama George & Nawal Haddad
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