Denice Karlean Zipfel
Denice Karlean Zipfel
  • November 23, 1952 - January 6, 2018
  • Texas

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Denice (Niecy) Zipfel, age 65, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at her home in Chicago, Il. Though she had two older half siblings, she was the only child born to the marriage of Karl and Lura Zipfel on November 23rd, 1952 in Chicago, Il.
Growing up, she was a unique, fun loving, gentle soul determined to spread love,joy, and light wherever she went. Throughout her childhood, she was an active participant in her beloved church, Greater King David Baptist Church of Chicago, Il. under Pastor A. N. Ratliff. In her 20s, she decided to leave Chicago and relocate to Dallas,Texas. A few years after relocating to Dallas, she decided to become a mother by way of adoption of her daughter Genova Zipfel. Due to the passing of her father Karl when she was the tender age of 16, she did not complete high school. After becoming a mother, she was inspired to return to school and she aquired her GED in her early 30s.
She developed a passion for social work as she was naturally a caring and nurturing being and she had an immense compassion for humanity that was evident throughout her career. She attended Eastfield College full-time to further her education in social work while also working full-time. She applied her skills, knowledge, and natural abilities across a broad spectrum of subsets in her career field from employment as a visiting nurse, working in nursing homes, with young adults who wished to pursue their GEDs, in youth outreach and counseling, with persons suffering from substance abuse, women and children displaced by domestic violence, persons affected by HIV/AIDS and also as a part time substitute teacher for DISD.
She eventually retired from the social work field by way of disabilty in her 50s. Though she was no longer actively employed in her beloved career field, she continued to apply her years of acquired knowledge and skills to those in need every chance she got.
She was diagnosed and survived breast cancer in 2014 and often volunteered at her treatment facilty at Texas Oncology in Dallas as a way to provide comfort to others who were walking down a road that she herself had just traveled. Though she spent over 40 yrs of her life in Dallas, she longed for her home town of Chicago. At the age of 63, she was finally able to realize her dream of returning to her home town where a big part of heart always resided to live out the rest of her days.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, half sister Wilma Jean and half brother True Terry Johnson. She is survived by her daughter Genova Zipfel, sister in law Joyce Johnson, niece and nephews Kim, Terry,Malcolm, great nieces and nephews,great great nieces, goddaughters, a host of honarary children and honorary grandchild Giovanita Bell.
Her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone she interacted with as well as those she reached but never met. She was truly a special soul who never met a stranger.