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Denise K. Ashdown

January 6, 1959 — September 19, 2021

Denise K. Ashdown, nee Brannon, passed away peacefully on September 19, 2021 at the age of 62; this was her mother’s birthday. She had a long, courageous battle with COPD, but didn’t let that stop her in her zest for life.

After graduating high school, she went to Beck Vocational School and then began a long career as an electrical engineer/designer for the HBE Corporation, working for the company for 38 years.

Denise had her own unique personality and was loved by all. She had many friends from all walks of life and was always ready to meet up and socialize. She was a wonderful dog mom over the years and loved all of her animals dearly. Denise loved riding motorcycles and most of all enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Denise was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Jean Alice Brannon, nee King, and her stepfather, Charles “Red” Bottino. Left to cherish her memory are her sisters; Linda (Kent) Shubert of Nashville, Illinois and Kelly (Wayne) Foster of Freeburg, Illinois; her stepsisters; Denise Dorf of Tilden, Illinois and Tina (Bill) Hildebrand of St. Louis, Missouri. Her nieces and nephews: Brock (Laura) Shubert, Alicia Holston both of Nashville, Illinois, Breck Foster of Freeburg, Illinois, Briana Foster and Bryce Foster, both of St. Louis, MO in addition to extended family and many beloved friends.

Denise will be honored with a celebration of life that will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions in memory of Denise may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society, 1301 S. 11th St., Belleville, IL 62226 or online at

Hoffen Funeral Home in Millstadt, Illinois is in charge of arrangements

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