THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: July 15, 2020
Daphne (Hillburg) Denby, 80, passed away Monday, July 6, 2020 in her sleep. She spent her last years at The Harbors in Menominee and though her mobility was limited in her final few years, she remained sharp.
Born July 31, 1939 in Chicago, to John and Lillian Hillburg, she was raised in Springfield, Ill. and graduated from Springfield High School in 1957. She studied at Northwestern University in Evanston and Washington University in St. Louis. On Sept. 10, 1960, she married David Denby and they had three boys, David Jr., Robert, and Thomas, who died in infancy.
A creature of habit, her day was not complete without the New York Times crossword puzzle. She read and clipped out articles from the newspapers, stuck them in envelopes and mailed them to her children and grandchildren she thought might be intrigued. A fan of snarky obituaries, she circulated them around the family. She loved Poodles, smoked Marlboro's, drank Bourbon, and had strong opinions and were likely to hear about it no matter how much you tried to avoid.
She was active in many organizations at her Church or the Junior League Organization. In Naples, Fla. in 1986, she and a couple of friends founded The League Club, a charitable organization that now has 600 members and has given $5 million in donations to local charities.
She is survived by sons, David Jr. and his wife Kathy and Robert and his former wife Stephanie; six grandchildren and a bonus honorary grandchild.
Besides her husband of 46 years, David Sr., she was preceded in death by her youngest son, Thomas.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Marinette on Monday, July 13 at noon with Rev. Celestine Byekwaso presiding. Inurnment will take place at a later date next to her late husband in Illinois. Thielen Funeral Home of Marinette is assisting the family. Donations in her memory are appreciated to the American Lung Association, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy or The League Club in Naples, Fla.