Denise Suzanne Russell, wife of Mr. Dean G. Russell Jr., age 58, a long time resident of Norwalk, CT, passed away Friday, August 8, 2008 in Scottsdale, Arizona in the loving arms of her husband. Denise was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme in February 2007. A woman of generosity, grace and humor; Denise touched the lives of everyone she met and was embraced by them as if she were their life long friend.

After retiring from Hewitt Associates where she worked for 15 years as a switchboard operator/receptionist; Denise and Dean were able to enjoy an adventurous life of travel all across the world. Denise loved the aspect of meticulously researching and planning their exotic trips. She had a passion for life and for her family; whether helping her husband with his love of car racing, cheering for the Giants in their season seats or taking her grandchildren to the circus she embraced each and every minute.

An amazing wife for 17 years and best friend she was an inspiration to many.....her children and husband will miss her terribly, every minute of every day - most especially her amazing smile. Denise is the daughter of the late William Marquette and Lucille Marquette of Darien, CT.

Mrs. Russell was born in Darien, Connecticut and is survived by her two daughters, three step-daughters, one son, and five son-in-laws: Samantha and Kevin Mola of CT; Veronica and Scott Henkel of Black Rock, CT; Christina and Peter Boccarossa of Redding, CT; Kimberly and Edwardo Rodriguez of Glendale, AZ; Michelle and Steven Chisholm of Phoenix, AZ; and her son Thomas Zarrelli of Bridgeport, CT. As well as her seven grand-children: Jake, Ryan, Marina, Andrew, Jason, Robert, and Michael. She is also survived by her brother William Marquet and wife Nancy of Stamford, CT and sister Michele Marquet of Darien, CT.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions are sent to support brain cancer research at TGen.

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