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Deneise McQueen
February 26, 1947 - February 23, 2014

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.   


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Marilyn McQueen on August 20, 2015 at 7:30 PM said:

545 days since you have been gone. Still not a day that has gone by without us thinking about you and papa. I really wish for you to see how far I have gotten being the young lady I am. You would be so proud. This Monday I start 9th grade. Give me luck gma. I love and miss you so much.
Marilyn Deneise McQueen on March 23, 2015 at 1:08 PM said:

We all love and miss her dearly, their is not ever a day we dont think about her. Love and miss you.
chris on March 3, 2014 at 10:53 AM said:

so sorry for your loss Tammy & family .my prayers r with u & your family . Your mom was a nice person .
Mike Lorenz on February 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM said:

Randy and family,

I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My mom and sister miss having she and your dad as neighbors on 2nd Ave NE. Your mom was always friendly, nice, and very helpful to my family when they lived nearby. We are king you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike and Barb Lorenz
Bridget Bathke Williamson on February 27, 2014 at 8:10 PM said:

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a great person. I always enjoyed coming to your house and hanging out with charity. Your Mom treated me like I was one of her own. Prayers to your family.
Tony and Melissa Agnitsch on February 27, 2014 at 5:45 PM said:

Denise you will be greatly missed.You were a very nice lady and fun to talk to.We will take care of Steve for you.
rick heldt on February 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM said:

Your mom was a special lady...I could never say no to her...and I knew I would never be re paided, but the way she raised her family was payment enough...how could I ever say no to Deneise...she always had a smile on her face and how she did it, I will never no...sometimes you meet someone in life and wonder how ya do it...she was one of them...
Sherri Carey on February 27, 2014 at 8:40 AM said:

My deepest sympathy for our loss. While I worked for Full Circle, I admired Mrs. McQueen, she was one fine lady and she will be greatly missed. God Bless the family and friends.
Mary Jane Shirley on February 27, 2014 at 8:12 AM said:

Steve & Family,
So sorry for your loss, cherish the memories that you have made throughout the years, I'm certain you have many, you will be in my thoughts and prayers...
Steve Aiello on February 27, 2014 at 12:53 AM said:

My thoughts are with the children of Deneise. Growing up in the same neighborhood with the McQueen's, was great for me because when I visited my friend Steve I had an entire new family to spend my time with right around the corner. I could always count on a welcoming smile and snack from Mom McQueen. Deneise was the matriarch of her family who held them together. Honor her memory by making a point to stay close and love each other as she loved you.
Coleen Kascel on February 26, 2014 at 2:19 PM said:

Your mother was a bright light for the many people she served in her lifetime. Her commitment to others is much appreciated in the Oelwein community. She was so blessed to have such a wonderful family and friends that surrounded her.
Thinking of all of you fondly.
Matt Archibald on February 25, 2014 at 7:05 PM said:

Great lady, great staff and a special person with a big heart who spent many years making the lives of disability peoplehappy and better.

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