Deneise C. (Bartels) McQueen, 66, of Oelwein passed away on Sunday February 23, 2014. Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Monday March 3, 2014 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM on Tuesday March 4, 2014 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at a later date. A memorial fund has been established in Deneise’ name.
Deneise was born February 26, 1947 to Raymond and Helen (Haar) Bartels. She graduated from Sumner High School, and married Virgil McQueen of Cedar Rapids on June 17, 1972. The couple had five children and resided in Oelwein since 1978. In the early 1980’s she was co-owner of Professional Cleaners in Oelwein with her wonderful friend Rose Schmidt being the other co-owner for several years. In 1986 she was hired by Goodwill as a manager, which began her career in social work, caring and helping people with disabilities. In 2005 she was hired at Full Circle Services as a Program Manager and worked for her long time, dearest friend Nina Brickman.
Everyone who knew Deneise, saw her face light up whenever she talked about her family and work. On January 19, 2014, Full Circle had an open house to thank her for all the years of love and support she gave to consumers, with many of her co-workers attending. She worked until days prior to her death, which followed a courageous battle with bile duct cancer. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and consumers.
She was preceded in death by her husband Virgil; parents Raymond and Helen Bartels; mother-in-law Marge Musil of Cedar Rapids; brother Larry Bartels of Sumner; brother-in-law Gene Shimp of Montevideo, MN; great grandson Bryce Flaucher of Oelwein; sister-in-laws Ercyle Buscher and Janice Cavalier, both of Cedar Rapids.
She is survived by her children: Randy McQueen of Oelwein; Heidi (Matt) Flaucher of Oelwein; Tami Canfield (Rick Bartels) of Oelwein; Cheridee (Eric) Herman of Aurelia; and Steve (Jody) McQueen of Cherokee; Also a sister Dianne Shimp of Montevideo, MN; sister-in-law Dorothy Bartels of Sumner; 5 grandchildren: Alicia (Josh VanSkyhawk) Flaucher of Westgate; Brandon (Cassie) Flaucher of Sioux Falls SD; Seth Canfield of Oelwein; Adam and Mary McQueen of Cherokee; 2 great grandsons: Carson and Drake; A dearest friend Vicki Huinker of Oelwein; plus many nieces, nephews and other family and dear friends.