Denise M. Gaughan
Denise M. Gaughan
  • September 2, 1962 - October 10, 2016
  • New York

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Denise M. Gaughan, age 54, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away Monday, October 10th, 2016 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family.

Denise was born in Troy, PA on September 2nd, 1962, daughter of Maxine (Heath) and the late Paul Dunkle Sr. She was a member of the 1980 graduating Class of Southside High School. She married her loving husband, James J. Gaughan on July 11, 1981. Denise had worked for the former Acme Markets and became their first female Dairy Manager. She had also worked as a cook for the former Tomahawk Restaurant and part time for Tops and Dollar Tree. Denise most recently worked for Eaton Corp. in Horseheads for the past 19 years. She was a former member of the Elmira and Montour Falls Women of the Moose. She was a member of the United Food Workers Union and a member of the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union. Denise enjoyed camping where she spent time with her family and was the most avid Red Sox fan, but above all, Denise loved being a mother and grandmother.

Denise is survived by her loving and devoted husband, James J. Gaughan; her beloved daughters, Misty (Jason) O'Dell and Sara (Jared Barto) Gaughan; her cherished granddaughters, Jadyn and Jordyn O'Dell; step son, Bobby (Amy) Charron; her mother, Maxine Dunkle; sister, Toni (Gary) Bradley; her brother, Paul (Ana Lucia) Dunkle Jr; nieces, Briella and Rosabel Dunkle and Rebecca Stugart and nephew, Shawn Stugart; three sister in laws; Mona (Barb McGrath) Gaughan, Ann (Rocky Peters) Gaughan, and Janice (Rick) Saltsman; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Denise was predeceased by her father, Paul Dunkle Sr. and biological father, Steven Harding; mother-in-law, Mary Patterson and father-in-law, James J. Gaughan Sr.

Friends and family may call from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, October 15th at the Haughey Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. A service of remembrance will be held following at 4:30pm at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in Denise's memory to the Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905, American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or to Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870.