Published in Pioneer Press on August 24, 2011
(Denny) Age 77, of
Hastings Died peacefully on August 20, 2011 after a courageous battle
He is survived by his former spouse Deanna Devine O'Melia, daughter Colleen
(Joe) Kaufenberg, sons, John and Patrick, grandchildren Justin, Jeremy,
Denny was born in Santa Barbara, CA, later moving to Wisconsin and graduating
from St. Patrick's High School (Eau Claire) in 1951.
After serving in the military, he played professional baseball.
Denny left the baseball field to pursue his education, graduating from
the University of WI Eau Claire and obtaining a master's degree.
Denny went on to enjoy a fulfilling teaching career in biology at Inver
Hills Community College. He was proud of creating and implementing multimedia
learning for students both in and outside the classroom and instructing
many nursing students both at the college and Regions Hospital.
While teaching, he returned to the baseball field developing and implementing
the program at Inver Hills and coaching there for years, playing for nearby
teams in Exeland, WI, and pitching batting practice for the MN Twins.
Following retirement, Denny did not slow down. Cross country skiing, biking,
and nature photography were a few of his passions. He trained and raced
with dear friends in Hastings, searching the state for good snow conditions.
He also made friendships over many states, hiking and photographing wild
flowers and nature on Elderhostel trips.
As a father and grandfather, he was always there with an open ear, loving
support, and academic guidance.
He will be greatly missed and in our hearts forever.
Mass of Christian Burial on Sat. 8-27-11 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth
Ann Seton, Hastings.
Family and friends gathering at the church one hour prior to mass (9:30-10:30).
If desired, memorials to Our Lady of Peace Hospice Home, St. Paul. 651-645-1233