Denise Ellen Flynn-Rosthauser, loving wife, sister, aunt, cousin and friend to many, passed away peacefully in Wilmington, NC on January 30, 2022. She was a fierce and understated warrior in her battle against cancer.
Born December 7, 1958 in Summit, NJ, she grew up in Chatham, NJ. In June 2013 she married the love of her life, (Robert) Scott Rosthauser in Wilmington, NC. Before moving to NC, she lived in Pittsburgh PA, Sea Bright NJ, Los Angeles CA, and Lafayette CO. She and Scott shared their life and home with rescue dogs and enjoyed their volunteer work at the Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project. Denise loved to travel, embracing any opportunity to see the world. She cherished time with family and her many friends. She lived her life fully, generously, and with joy, always seeing the good and fun in any situation. Her kindness, generous heart, ready smile, sweet goodness, quiet strength and positive attitude brightened the world and the lives of all who knew her.
Preceded in death by her parents, James and Carol (Young) Flynn, Denise is survived by her loving husband Scott, sisters Diane and Elaine (Julf Helsingius), brothers James (Jane Hardman Flynn) and John (Laura), nieces Molly and Megan, nephews Connor, Brian and Danny Sister’s in law Peg Rosthauser, Sue Foster (Tom Foster), and Carole Rosthauser, and nephews, Kris, Todd, Josh, Cameron, Graham, Joe, Tom, Jon and Sean, and niece Jaimee, and great nephews and nieces, aunts and many cousins.
The world is a less beautiful place without her in it. Heaven has gained a star but the night sky has lost a bright light that we will all carry with us.
In lieu of flower the family would prefer memorial donations may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the ASPCA.
The family will be holding a Celebration of Life in the near future.