Denise Kay Decker, 50, of New Cumberland, WV, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2011 at her residence. She was born July 3, 1961 in Weirton the daughter of the late Bartlett and Wilma Sams Wharton. Denise was employed by Mountaineer Gaming Resort as a restaurant supervisor and was a homemaker. She was Christian by faith. She is survived by her husband Richard Decker of New Cumberland, WV; son Jacob Decker of Bell Vernon, PA; daughter Katy Decker of New Cumberland, WV; brothers Robert and Bartlett Wharton Jr. both of Weirton; sisters Susan Ireland of New Cumberland, WV, Rebecca Pope, Cathy Krnaich, Linda Waide all of Weirton, WV and Karen Wearch of Rockford, IL; grandchild Ezri Decker of Bell Vernon, PA. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St, Weirton, WV. Funeral services will be Wednesday, 11:00 AM in the funeral home with Reverend Michael Waide officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, Hancock County Unit, PO Box 2166, Weirton, WV 26062 Share your tributes and memories with her family at www.grecohertnick.com

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  1. to denise’s friends and family, she will be sorely missed. she was a strong advocate for children and a very proud mother. i loved the times we laughed together and have missed that over the past yrs. we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Denise was a wonderful person. My husband and I graduated with her. Please know that you all are in our prayers and thoughts at this difficult time.

  3. To the Decker and Wharton families, Denise was a fellow classmate of mine. That bright smile and her love of her children will always be remembered. She will be missed by the Class of ’79. May the happy memories of her help you through this difficult time.

  4. God gave you your wings and made you an Angel… I will never forget the time we had growing up as neighbors. xoxoxoxo

  5. I too was a classmate of Denise’s. She was someone who I remember as always wearing a smile for all. I will remember your family in my prayers as you go through this difficult time of loss. Peace be with you and yours.

  6. The members of Local 7139 Jessop Steel (Allegheny Ludlum Washington Plate) send our condolences to the Decker family we where sadden by news of Denises passing. May God bless your family and give you comfort in your time of need.

  7. Dear Rich. It was with great saddness that I learned of the passing of Denise. Sincere regrets from both Georgia and I. May you find the strength, through God and your family, to help you through this most difficult period in your life. Grieving is never easy, particularly when it is for someone so close and cherished. Our thoughts are with you and the rest of your family as you manage your loss. Sincerely yours, Doug.

  8. May your memories bring you comfort. May it help to know that others care deeply and are remembering you with special thoughts. Denise will live on in the hearts of everyone who loved her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Tim, Jolene, Makenzie and Chad

  9. Aunt Denise you were always such a great aunt to me,I will never forget you.I cherish all the beautiful memories I have of you,may you rest in peace and see ya when it’s my time.I love you !!!!!!!!

  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at these most difficult times. Facutly, Staff and Students at WLU Dental Program

  11. To the Wharton and Decker families…I was sorry to hear about Denise’s passing. She was always friendly and bubbly and had that big smile. I remember when she was born and what a cute little girl she was. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this sorrowful time. Linda Stansberry

  12. We are so sorry for your loss. Denise was always a warm,smiling, bubbly person who loved life and her family. Her memory will live on in everyone’s hearts. Our prayers are with the family.

  13. my deepest sympathys go to denise deckers family she was shining little and one of the most amazing people i ever met i can say im lucky to have known her i love you denise rest in peace

  14. SUSAN SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS. AND FOR YOUR BROTHER INLAW AND THEIR FAMLIY ALSO .IN CHRISTIAN LOVE KAYE BAUDUIN.

  15. As a part of the Class of 79, My heart hurts for the loss of our girl Denise. Sending lots of love to the family.

  16. To the Wharton & Decker families, I, too, was a member of the class of 79 and remember Denise with a smile ALWAYS!! In any conversation with her, she was sure to make you laugh. She will be missed and remembered fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss.

  17. Rich, Jacob,and Katy I am so sorry to hear about Denise. She was a great friend who knew how to Love Life! I have so many great memories of Denise and will Forever remember that laugh. Love and Prayers to you all and may God Bless you and Comfort you in this time.

  18. Katy and Jacob, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I loved working with her through the PTA when you guys were at the middle school. She was a special lady who loved her family dearly. I hope your treasured memories bring you comfort.

  19. dear wharton and decker family.My deepest sympathy.my fellow hs classmate and a good friend.Rest in peace.

  20. Aunt Denise you were such an amazing person,a wonderful wife and mother and grandmother.You will remain in my heart forever. I know the past few months were difficult ones and I believe you are up in heaven with those who have gone before and I know you are not suffering anymore.When we meet again,I cant wait to hear u say “hi Reva Darlin”…those words always meant so much to me.I loved you so very much and thank you for being the person you were.May we all find some sort of peace during this difficult time.Rest in peace Aunt Denise.Gone way too early but will NEVER be forgotten.Love to you always…your REVA DARLIN

  21. What a wonderful person!! I have grown up knowing the Wharton family. Denise’s mom and dad were such kind and wonderful people. So easy to see where she got that from. I will always cherish the wonderful times we had in PTA and at Wina’s Studio. It was always apparent in her actions how much she loved children and how proud she was of her son and daughter. Katy, my heart aches for you. I hope the kind words of others help to heal your heart. Susan, you could have been no better sister, friend, confidante, and support for Denise these past several months. May God hold you up during this difficult time. We love you and are here for you. Love and prayers to you all.

  22. Rich, I think you are an amazing person. I am in awe of the way you carry yourself at work and interacting with other people during this period of your life. I hope that you can find comfort in the fact that this life is only the beginning for those who know God. Every morning you bring me a sense of comfort when it should be the other way around. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Dan

  23. I want to send my deepest sympathy and thougths to the Decker / Wharton family. I was a classmate of Denise’s too. You just can’t think of her without remembering her big smile and great sense of humor. I am so sorry for your loss.

  24. Susan, Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Scott and Debbie Pettner

  25. Katy, your mom was such a great and funny woman! We are truly sorry for you loss and we wish your family happy memories during this solemn time.

  26. OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE DECKER & WHARTON FAMILIES ON THE LOST OF DENISE. AS A AUNT TO MY KIDS LISA & MARK JR WE HAVE NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR THE HER AND HER FAMILY.AND WILL MISS HER ALOT.MAY SHE REST IN PEACE.AND DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOREVER.SHE MAYBE GONE BUT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. MARK ECKELS SR LISA MARIE GRAY MARK ECKELS JR

  27. Rich I’m so sorry to hear about you wife. I miss you if you need anything or just to chat you know Jennifer will let me know… My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You have my deepest sympothy

  28. Rich, I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Phyllis

  29. Rest in Peace Denise….you were a bright ray of sunshine in a dismal, gray workplace. I will miss you and your laugh. God Bless your family.

  30. Katy, Jacob, and Family, I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Denise. She was always a joy to be around. You are all in my prayers. Jim Brandolino

  31. Sorry to hear about Denise. I always remember when I was younger how she always had a smile on her face no matter what was going on around her. She was a great person and touched so many lives! May she rest in the arms of Jesus now! My prayers are with you during this time.

  32. Rich – We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this difficult time. Sincerely, Chad & Darcy McCrerey

  33. I GREW UP KNOWING THE WHARTON FAMILY & SPENT MANY A SUNDAY AT THEIR HOME. I WAS ALWAYS AMAZED AT HOW WILMA WOULD HAVE A BIG DINNER ON THE TABLE IN WHAT SEEMED LIKE THE BLINK OF AN EYE ! HER AND BART WERE SUCH NICE PEOPLE I REMEMBER WHEN DENISE WAS BORN, BUT SINCE I’M “OLDER”, I WAS GOOD FRIENDS WITH HER SISTER, LINDA AND LATER, WITH HER SISTER, SUSAN. I’VE LOST THREE IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE PAST 15 MONTHS, SO I KNOW THE GRIEF AND SADNESS THE DECKER AND WHARTON FAMILIES ARE EXPERIENCING. MY SINCERE SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO BOTH FAMILIES AND ALSO TO DENISE’S MANY FREINDS. SHARON (BARNHART) REED

  34. Richie Decker: It’s been how long since I ran into you…somewhere! I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. From all the condolences I just read, Denise was a wonderful person and you were so blessed to have her in your life. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  35. Wharton Family! I was deeply saddened when I heard about Denise! We grew up together on 20th street! I hadn’t seen her in years and we reconnected on Facebook and I am so Glad that we did! She will be Sorely Missed! Rest in Peace old friend!

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