In Memory of our Beloved Denise Michele Wolfson

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Don Wolfson, Nicole Nadboy, Brett DiPretoro and families

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In Memory of our Beloved Denise Michele Wolfson

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On November 4th, our lives changed forever. Denise, a wonderful wife, mother, sister and grandmother, fell down the stairs of her home in Rockville Centre and sustained a traumatic brain injury. She spent two weeks fighting for her life in the SICU at NYU Winthrop | Long Island Trauma Center before passing away on November 18th. 





There aren’t enough words to describe the wife, mother, sister and grandmother Denise was. Her family was her priority and she ALWAYS put family first. Denise was always smiling, had a contagious laugh, was always put together and was extremely polite. She loved Don so much and they were amazing parents together. Denise loved being a mom. She handmade the best halloween costumes, made sure we went on great family vacations together, and was at every sports event her children and grandchildren participated in. The life lessons Denise taught us will always be with us. She absolutely lived for spending time with her four grandchildren. Even though COVID has been so challenging for all of us, one light in this very dark time is that her grandchildren didn't end up going to sleepaway camp so they spent many weekends hanging by the pool, laughing and eating with Denise. She even came over in a snow ski suit one day covered head to toe (in 90 degree weather) so she could get tight squeeze hugs from everyone safely. Denise was also a great artist and such a good friend to many people. We always had such great family friends growing up that we are lucky to still have in our lives today. Denise was young and healthy and should be here today. We all miss her daily calls, long stories, her laugh and holding her hand. We would do anything for one more hug or kiss. When getting ready to leave, she would always say to her family, “I love you more, no back talks.”


SICU at NYU Winthop | Long Island


While in the SICU at NYU Winthrop | Long Island Trauma Center, Denise received the most compassionate care from the doctors and nurses. They treated Denise like she was part of their own family, not just another patient, which meant the world to us as we watched our own world crumbling right before our eyes. We were experiencing pain, confusion, anger and agony that we didn’t know existed. As the 14 days went on in the SICU, the medical staff lead by the dedicated Dr. Gerard Baltazar with Dr. Joo Lee, Liz Eberhart, Lindsay Beck and Joe Clerici, took the time each day to explain what was happening and how we could articulate it all to our supportive friends and family awaiting news on our mom’s condition. They made the most unbearable situation a little easier for us, and for that we will be forever grateful. When trying to think of a way to honor our mother’s memory, it kept coming back to the SICU unit, especially during this global pandemic. Nurses are the frontline workers of COVID. They are experiencing extreme stress, anxiety and exhaustion. As we head into the winter months, COIVD cases are spiking and will only get worse. There is no doubt that these heroes will be stretched thin once again. We have decided to set up a memorial fund in our mother’s name that will go directly to reinvigorating the nurses lounge for the SICU Nursing Team at NYU Winthop | Long Island so they can have a nicer space during their breaks. We are hopeful that setting up this fund will both help in our grieving process while also showing our gratitude to the dedicated nurses who cared for Denise.  




This campaign supports: NYU Long Island SICU


Hard to believe it's been a year already.
"Those we love never truly leave us. There are things that death cannot touch." ― Jack Thorne Thank you for your family's kindness and grace.
I am thinking about you all during this difficult time. Sending love, Marlowe
Such a beautiful way to honor your mother's memory. Denise will remain in our hearts forever and this wonderful project will be greatly appreciated by many deserving healthcare workers.
Medical staff daily go above and beyond. Thank you to the Wolfson family for doing this out of love in a time of deep loss. Thank you for recognizing the care, kindness and empathy of the nursing staff...especially Liz Eberhart, my niece.
We are so sorry for you Nicole and your family. May she Rest In Peace.
This is a beautiful tribute to your mom. Love you Nicole!
Thinking of your family. What a wonderful way to honor Denise!
What a beautiful memory and display of gratitude during such a difficult time! Love.
What a beautiful tribute to your mother. Sending lots of love and strength your way...xo
What a beautiful way to pay tribute to a powerful woman. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to honor her memory. We are sending you all so much love and peace... xoxoxo Monica & Chris
Thinking of all of you and sending so much love
We hope memories of all your loving times together help to comfort you at this difficult time.
You only learn as an adult how special it was to grow up on Dogwood Lane. And Denise was a big reason! Such care for us all. My heart hurts for Nicole, Brett, and Don. With love, Peter
Thinking of you all ❤️
Nicole - thinking of you and your family.
Such an amazing way to remember and honor your mom.
May her memory be for a blessing ❤️
What an amazing tribute to your mom - sending you hugs and love xoxo Karen and Mark G
This is a beautiful way of honoring your mom. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
We loved your mom so much! Always so kind and took such interest in our lives and our kids lives. We are so sorry for your loss and we are here for you all no matter what. Matt and Amy Calvo
Helping the people who tried to help your mom the most is the greatest honor to her. We love you! XO
What a beautiful way to honor your mom's memory.
Love and Strength to your beautiful family always.
With my love to your family.
I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful way to honor your mom.
In memory of beautiful Denise. With so much love to the entire Wolfson family.
Sending our deepest condolences on the loss of your mom. Thinking of you! Xo Erica and Jayme Maultasch
Such a special way to honor your mom. We love you!
All our love and support ❤️
So touched by your story, Nicole. I'm sorry to hear about your mother. Will be thinking of you and your family this holiday.
Dear Don, Nicole and Brett, We are so sorry to hear about Denise. She was such a great friend and we had wonderful times together. We will always remember her sweet smile. Our thoughts are with you all. Gail and Ted Fass
So sorry for your loss. All the best to you and your family.
We are so sorry to hear of your horrific loss. Your mom was such a special lady; kind and wonderful. May she rest in peace and for all of you to grieve with ease during this difficult time.
sending you so much love ❤️
Thinking of you and your family at this very difficult time. ❤️
I'm sorry to hear of your mom's passing.
Sorry for your loss, what a nice thing you are doing! 🙏🏻❤️
Sending so so much love, and thank for for this opportunity to give.
Nicole- May your mom's memory be a blessing to others. Sending our love and to you and and your family. Nancy & Scott Stenzler
We are so unbelievably sorry for your loss and love to the entire Wolfson/Nadboy/DiPretoro family. The Kaplan Family
With all my love
What a thoughtful way to honor your mom
So sorry for your loss.
Wonderful tribute! The Hecker family is sending love and support.

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