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Denise D. OToole

DAVENPORT — Denise D. O’Toole, 61, a resident of Davenport, died unexpectedly Friday, December 8, 2017, in Davenport. There will be a memorial gathering to celebrate her life Friday, December 15, 2017, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main St., downtown Davenport. Following her wishes, the rite of cremation has been accorded.

Denise Dawn Paustian was born April 16, 1956, in Davenport, a daughter of Vernon Raymond and Frances May (Price) Paustian.

Denise was a 1974 graduate of Durant High School. She had worked in sales for Lebeda Mattress and Home Depot.

Denise married Gary Smith on June 15, 1974. She later married Kerry J. O’Toole on June 13, 2003. They shared nearly 20 years together. Kerry preceded her in death on December 6, 2017. They are together and Denise is at peace with Kerry.

Denise enjoyed spending time with her family. She truly loved taking long rides on their Harley and viewing the beautiful landscape go by.

Memorials can be made to the family.

Those left to honor her memory include children, Jay (Megan) Smith, Davenport, Janelle Smith, Des Moines; stepdaughter, Kally (Jake) Sachleben, Davenport; mother, Frances Paustian, Durant; siblings, Diana (Mark) Henry, Washington, Iowa, Linda (Dale) Dahlin, Davenport, Janice (Tom) Keller, Muscatine, Joyce Holtz, Durant, Charles (Janet) Paustian, Durant; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Vernon; her husband, Kerry; and brother-in-law, Gary. May they rest in peace.

Online condolences and remembrances may be expressed to the family by visiting Denise’s obituary at

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