Dennis Wilson McGinley
June 21, 1950 - August 26, 2008
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Appleton Alliance Church
2693 W. Grande Chute Blvd
Appleton, WI
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2693 W. Grande Chute Blvd
Appleton, WI
Saturday 8/30, 11:00 am
Wichmann Funeral Home
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Appleton, WI 54911
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McGINLEY, DENNIS WILSON Dennis Wilson McGinley, of Appleton, age 58, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 26, 2008. He was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin on June 21, 1950. Dennis graduated from Jefferson High School, and then received his undergraduate at U.W. – Platteville, where he was a member of…

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William C. Petri left a message on April 6, 2009:
I was so sorry to hear of Dennis's passing. I had only a brief opportunity to get to know him. He was one of the first people I met as part of Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, but he instantly became one of my favorite people. He gave a lot, had much more left to give, and he left us at way too young an age. My sympathy to all who mourn his passing.
Mary B ritten left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dear Bonnie, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweetheart, Denny. I am saddened that the world will be less of a place without his kindness and generosity. Please know that you are thought of and prayed for. Sending Hugs, love and concern for your personal well being. May you find strength in your friends and the Lord. Sincerely, Mary
Dan Voss left a message on April 6, 2009:
Nicest guy I ever worked with. Always a smile, a laugh, a positive comment. I'll never forget the Steve Weber birthday video and the years working together in IT consulting. I'll look you up in heaven when I get there. I've still got your Eco challenge videos.
Matt, Nicole, Owen & Lucy Patterson left a message on April 6, 2009:
We love you, Bonnie, and have you in our prayers. We will miss Dennie--wish we were there to give you a hug and celebrate the life of one incredible, special and kind man.
Michael Van Deraa left a message on April 6, 2009:
My Old Roommate I’ll remember Dennis as a roommate and a friend, As one who shared like passions of faith, of family and true friends. He never was judgmental but always sensitive and kind, His way of respectfulness made you feel “this guy, he’s on my side”. The only time he got upset, the only time I can remember Was when the birds got in the house one day in cold December. It wasn’t Old Saint Nick that came down that chimney But a flock of starlings that left their mark in our mem’ry. Ole Mac, he never needed much in life, just that silver Prelude and a perfect friend soon to be his wife. Let’s see, it was only twenty five years or so, where did they ever go, My old roommate’s passing seems way too soon for it to be now so. Enjoy your new mansion, my old roommate, It’s certain to be superior to the one we shared. And save a spot close by for me, For your old roomy, I’ll always be.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Char and Gary Zeier left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dear Bonnie, We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Dennis was one of the most compassionate, caring, giving, understanding and happiest man we have known. He touched so many lives in such a positive way and became a friend to all he met. We are blessed to have known him and through him, having the opportunity to get to know you. The years were too few for Dennis. He is in a better place now and if there is any way to make Heaven any brighter, he’ll be there leading the way. We will miss his smile and laugh. His memories will be cherished.
Dick Duchaine left a message on April 6, 2009:
Oh, Bonnie-I was shocked and saddened to see a notice of Dennis' passing. A very good and kind person leaving far too early. Your old friend, Dick Duchaine
Steve and Vicky Boutwell left a message on April 6, 2009:
What an incredible man! As we struggle to absorb the shock of his passing, we just feel so priviledged to have known this kind, kind person. Bonnie, we pray that as you hear all that this wonderful husband of yours meant to so many of us, that it will bring you immense comfort in the days ahead. Denny's love of God and of life have left a lasting impression on countless people, young and old alike!
Heather Lewan left a message on April 6, 2009:
I will miss Denny so much! He always made me feel special when I couldnt do it myself. He told me that I could be a model and even made some phone calls to figure out what I would need to do to become one. He believed in me! Im so thankful he was able to come down and spend time with me too. I'll never forget our trip to Daytona Beach and the Kennedy Space Center. He also had fun playing and watching my rabbit Crisco. I'll always remember these great times! Even though he's in Heaven, I feel a little closer. I know that he can visit and check up on me whenever he wants to now. I wish I could be with everyone today. Denny was an amazing person and a role model of what a christian man should look like.
Julie Huebner left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dear Bonnie, I was so saddened to hear about Denny's death. I want you to know I will be praying for you to know and experience the love and comfort of our Lord. At a time like this it is hard to understand His will, but rejoice in the knowledge that Denny is safely in God's arms waiting for the rest of us to join him. May you feel the real presence of the Lord filling your broken heart as He gives you courage to face each coming day. In loving friendship, Julie Huebner
Dan and Jane Schmidt left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dear Bonnie, We miss Denny already. When we thought of Denny we thought of you, and when we thought of you we thought of Denny. You were blessed to have a wonderful husband for 25 years. Our prayers and love are with you. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Love, Dan and Jane P.S. Don't forget to water the tree.
Kim Ungemach(DeBruin) left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dear Bonnie, Vicki told me of the Denny's sudden death. Words are so inadequate at a time like this. I remember having the church group at your lovely home, and always feeling welcomed. You were a friend for me during the toughest time of my life thus far. I remember you telling me, Bonnie, that you felt certain God had someone special for me that would treat me the same way Dennis treated you. You were right. I have been married now for 3 1/2 years to a very wonderful, godly man. More wonderful than I could have ever imagined. I take comfort in the fact that all of the seeds of kindness and love that you and Denny have sown throughout the years will now come back for a harvest of faithful caregiving by others. God Bless and comfort you, Kim
Sarah (Kesler) Durall left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dear Bonnie, I am so saddened to learn of Dennis' passing. I clearly remember his smile and how kind and caring he was to everyone. He will be sadly missed. My deepest smypathy.
Marty Wilson left a message on April 6, 2009:
I was deeply sadden to learn of Dennis's death. I would like extend my condolences to Bonnie and the entire family. Dennis was loved and respected by all his family and friends and will be greatly missed. Marty
Bruce and Carrie Kornaus left a message on April 6, 2009:
McGinley Family and Friends, We are extremely saddened by the news of Dennis' passing. While we never know what He has planned for us, or when our time will come to meet our Maker, Dennis was a role model in how to live life and how to treat others...loving, compassionate, selfish, and the list goes on. Carrie and I both have been blessed to know and work with Dennis at AAL/Thrivent. Dennis touched our lives and we've learned much from him that we will carry forward with us. Bonnie, God's Blessings to you and your family during this very difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers,
Lois Hilger left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dear Bonnie, I am so shocked and sadened by the news of Denny's death. You both have shown great concern for me as I have faced various challenges. As a couple your love for each other radiated out to others naturally. It is a natural extention of Christ's love for you. Denny was so easy going, and loved life. He was energized by people and gave genuine concern to them. We never did get that breakfast in together. I pray that God enfold you with his mighty arms, and hold you close during this time of loss and sadness.
Diane T Burmeister left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dennis, Bonnie, I am so happy to have been able to spend time with you both. Our trip to MN for the Paint a thon a few years back was priceless! I have always admired his kind heart, friendly smile and positive outlook on life itself. I have learned so much from Dennis and will truly miss him. He had a way of making you feel comfortable and put things into persepective like nobody else I know. He is a friend, confidant and hero in my eyes as well as others. I cannot express enough just how special he is to me. He tought me to lead by example, show kindness to others as often as you can and always remain positive, things will turn out just fine. Many many hugs to you Bonnie...
Randy Aronson left a message on April 6, 2009:
Whether it was walking out to the parking lot to meet his chauffeur, or bumping into him at Sam's or talking with him at some airport, Dennis always seemed to be having a good time. I'm absolutely certain that won't change for him now. He surely was filled with the joy of the Lord. I'm sure your sorrow is deep, take comfort in your faith.
Dick and Mary Kendall left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dennis had an infectious sense of humor. He laughed easily. He could put people at ease and diffuse a situation with a good laugh, an insightful comment, or by showing his concern and empathy. Because he was so spontaneous with the people around him, he made it easy for us to love him, because we knew he cared genuinely for us. His spontaneity, his radiance and his listening ear are not attributes possessed by everyone. Such characteristics are in part God-given. Nonetheless, they take skill to hone. Dennis did hone such skills. We didn’t notice how much work he put into such character development. We simply were the benefactors of a job well-done. Heaven’s bank of richness just increased in value. For us, though, we will need time to mourn our loss. It is o.k. to weep when the loss is so deep and the pain is so great. The depth of our loss and the intensity of our pain is a tribute to what a great and gentle man Dennis McGinley was and is. God will use such a resource very wisely. Several of us will see you again, Dennis. Fluff up our pillows and please, say hello to our family and friends. My life is richer because God allowed your life to touch mine.
Donna VanVreede left a message on April 6, 2009:
My memories of Dennis are, and will alway be, of his compassion and positive attitude. He always looked (and found) the good in people and in life. Where he saw a need, he offered help. He was a friend to everyone he met . . . and I'm glad I can be counted in that large pool of people. We will miss his smile, laugh, and good will! Bonnie, my thoughts and prayers are with you!
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Mary Bersch left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dennis was not only my manager, but a friend. He truly inspired me by his positive attitude and love for life. We can all learn by his unselfishness in life. He strived to make everyone happy and went above and beyond for everyone he met. I have many fond memories of Dennis. I truly believe he lived life to the fullest and is now in a much better place. I will never forget him and the positive influence he has had on my life and the life of others.
Renee Landwehr left a message on April 6, 2009:
I had the privilege of working with Dennis at Thrivent in IT for many years. He had such a positive attitude and super sense of humor. I know that he is rejoicing now in the presence of the Lord. I will be praying for you, Bonnie, in your huge loss. In Him,
Linda and Jerry Kaehr left a message on April 6, 2009:
Remembering many happy hours spent together! He was the greatest! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Bonnie.
Karen and Don Bork left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dear Bonnie, Remembering Dennis is to see his wonderful smile and observe his happiness. He offered friendship freely and had a way of making you feel you were very special to him. To see you and Dennis together was to see the love and the joy you offered each other...and you were always together with your happiness visible. As you walked by our house together, you'd stop and visit, and we enjoyed it so much. As you drove by, it seemed always coming and going to places and people important to you, you'd wave and beep as another way of saying "Hello". Our memory will always be Dennis and Bonnie, a very special couple that truly knew what friendship was and what love for one another was. Our prayers are with you Bonnie.
Carol Romenesko left a message on April 6, 2009:
I worked with Dennis at Thrivent. He is truly one of the nicest people I have had the privilege to know. The world is losing a great person but heaven is gaining one. I’ll miss you Dennis, you set an example for me that I want to follow. My prayers go to you Bonnie and all of Dennis's family.
Dave and Judy Simon left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dear Bonnie, We were so saddened to hear of your loss. You captured who Dennis is so well in the obituary. We only got to know you thru the Koleskes, but we always were so impressed by your love and care for each other and everyone else. You are both very special people. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you now and will continue to be. May you feel the comforting arms of the Lord around you in the days ahead, Bonnie. That will be our prayer for you. His Pease and our love, Dave and Judy Simon
Ron Ernst left a message on April 6, 2009:
My sincere condolences to Dennis' family. It was a privilege to have worked w/ him at AAL. He was a special guy. There aren't any of his kind there anymore! Peace.
Tom Lange left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dear Bonnie, I am just so shocked and sorry for you upon just now reading the short announcement while catching up on yesterday's newspaper. I would occasionally see Dennis at Erb Park pool; he was only ~ 2 months older than me and he always laughed about how we're still going strong. Other devoted swimmers are always special people but Dennis was also a great person who made everyone feel like his best friend . . . just like you Bonnie. My sincere condolances,
Dale Schmidt left a message on April 6, 2009:
Thank you Denny for all of your Help and support over the past 30 years.I have been luckly to have had several great people in my short 53 years.My Grandparents Barr and Schmidt all have passed on and gone to be with the lord. And left me I hope a better person for knowing them. Denny you came into my life when I needed more then ever a new role model.No I am sorry to say I did not always heed your advise.But thanks for not giving up.Thank you for being a member of our family.Thank you for taking care of my Grandparents like you did.But also Thank you for taking care of my Aunt.I could not have found a better mate for my aunt if I tried. Thank you being you.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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