Denise died peacefully Jan. 10, 2021, in Tallahassee, Fla., after a yearlong battle with cancer. She was 52.

Denise earned a degree from the School of Public and International Affairs. Her first job after college was at Telephone Counseling and Referral Service, where she became a supervisor helping those in emotional stress and need. This choice early in her career reflected her caring soul and innate desire to help people.

Later, Denise continued her education at Florida State University, earning a master of science degree in library and information studies. She taught computer programming and web design and later worked designing computer applications. Most recently, she served as CEO of the St. George Island water system, assisting her father’s transition into retirement.

Denise is survived by her husband, Stephen Stiegler, not only the love of her life, her rock, her soulmate, and best friend, but her constant companion and caretaker during the course of this vicious illness and time of uncertainty. She also leaves behind her parents, sister, brother, and six nieces and nephews. Denise was much loved by her aunts, uncles, cousins, and Stephen’s family.

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Undergraduate Class of 1990