Denise Ann Stern-Hamilton

May 7, 1957 - Nov. 28, 2011

Denise Ann Stern-Hamilton of Mukwonago passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at the age of 54. She was born May 7, 1957, in Milwaukee, the daughter of William "the hugger" McManus and the late Jeannette McManus.

Denise graduated from Waukesha South High School in 1975. She is survived by her loving husband of 12 years, Matthew Hamilton. She was the loving mother of Andrew Stern, Tim Stern, Danny (Meg) Hamilton, Jeremy Hamilton and Heather Hamilton; proud grandma of Makayla Hamilton; and loving sister of Terry McManus, Kathleen McManus, Brian (Laura) McManus, Erin (Cary) Parten and Rose (Peter) McMullen. She is further survived by brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, her golden retriever, yellow Lab and many friends.

Denise was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Stern; and her mother, Jeannette McManus.

Denise loved her Wisconsin Badgers, golden retrievers, teddy bears, going on car rides, but most of all, she loved her kids. She has spent the past seven years working at the Aurora West Allis Medical Center.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 930 Main St. (Highway ES), Mukwonago. At 7 p.m., the family would like to have people share some special memories they have with Denise. They also would like you to come dressed casual or in your favorite Badgers gear.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Denise’s memory.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 363-7126 or visit online at