Denise Mary Loftus Garn

1956 ~ 2021

Denise Loftus Garn, age 64, passed away on May 10, 2021 at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods, Byron Center, of complications from kidney disease and metastatic cancer. Denise was born September 18, 1956, in Hastings Michigan to Patrick J. and Iris M. (nee Horsley) Loftus. She attended St. Rose of Lima and Hastings Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1974. Denise attended classes at Davenport School of Business and was employed in clerical services with E.W. Bliss, Thornappple Valley Meats, and Metalforming Equipment before joining Floral View Cemetery (currently Park Lawn Corporation) in 1996 in Jenison. In 1984, Denise married the love of her life, Dean O. Garn, and they spent 28 years together before his passing in 2012. Denise was an active member of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Hastings chapter, and the Michigan Democratic Party. Denise was compassionate about the needs of others, lending assistance in times of need and caring for others while showing unconditional love with a heart of gold. She was always the person to bake tasty treats at Christmas time and other occasions to make these events more special for everyone. She was a mother to many, helping relatives and close friends to raise several of their children during hectic times. Denise is survived by her mother, Iris Loftus of Hastings; brother, Andrew Loftus of Annapolis, Maryland; stepchildren, Rochelle (Jarrod) Simon of Martin, Sandra (David) Pallante of Georgetown, Texas, D. Scott Garn and Randall Garn of Florida; uncle, Austin Loftus of Manistique; first cousins, Stephen Loftus of Marshfield, Wisconsin, Christine, Jeff, Gary, and Colin (Cindy) Horsley, Diane Stoppa of Australia, Richard (Sofija) Potter and Sarah Potter of London, England; nieces and nephews, Dornier Loftus of Las Vegas, Nevada, Banan Loftus, Mallory Loftus, Ross Loftus, Lance Errthum, and Nolan Errthum; sister-in-law Deborah (Scott) Loftus-Errthum of Plainfield, Illinois; many step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and second cousins. She was preceded in death by her brother, Terrance Loftus; father, Patrick Loftus; and husband, Dean Garn. Due to Covid restrictions, a private memorial service will be held immediately. A larger memorial will be held later this year at the time of internment of ashes in Floral View Memorial Gardens to allow additional family and friends to celebrate Denise’s life. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society.