Denise Retherford

March 3, 1955 ~ June 25, 2020 (age 65)


Denise E. Retherford, 65, of Joy, Illinois passed away Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Genesis Medical Center, Aledo.

Visitation will be 1-7pm Sunday, June 28th at Joy United Methodist Church. A private funeral service will be held Monday.  Burial will be in Eliza Creek Cemetery. Due to COVID-19 restrictions all social distancing practices will be observed.  Memorials may be made to Joy United Methodist Church, Joy Community Fire Department, or Eliza Creek Cemetery.

Denise was born March 3, 1955 in Moline, IL the daughter of Edmund and Leona Hofer Swanson. She married William “Steve” Retherford June 10, 1973 in Joy.  Denise was a receptionist at Advantage Family Chiropractic in Aledo and had just celebrated her 20th Anniversary there. She enjoyed antique stores and flea markets and working in her flower garden. She loved gathering with friends and family, especially for the 4th of July. She especially loved spending time with her granddaughter Makenzie.

Survivors include her husband Steve; son Mike (Stephanie) Retherford; daughter Amy (Justin) Fowler; granddaughter Makenzie Retherford; 5 step grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren; brother Gordon (Mary) Swanson and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Denise was preceded in death by her parents.

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June 28, 2020

1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Joy United Methodist Church
203 S. Washington Street
Joy, Illinois 61260

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