IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Denise Mantell (’82)


The Rev. Denise Pariseau Mantell (Class of '82), died July 23, 2013 at the age of 67. She was among the first to volunteer at Ground Zero after 9/11; providing pastoral care and support at St. Paul's Chapel on West Broadway, and the Mobile Morgue. Like many of those she served with, she developed lung cancer from exposure to dust at the site. Denise attended The Mary Louis Academy, then Queens College, where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978. After earning her M.Div. from General, she was ordained to the priesthood in 1985 and made Associate Rector of St. Paul's Church in Morris Plains, New Jersey. In 1988, she became Rector of The Church of Our Merciful Savior in Penns Grove, New Jersey. In 1999, she became Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Matawan, New Jersey, before retiring to live with her family in Delaware in 2009.

Denise was always an advocate for the neglected and forgotten, a vibrant priest, and an active community member. She gave of her time and talents by serving as chaplain to the Fire Department of Carney's Point, New Jersey, and held the community service chair of the local Rotary Club for five years. She was active in the Diocese of Newark, the Diocese of New Jersey, and the Diocese of New York, serving on committees such as the Peace Commission, Science and Theology Commission, Diaconate Formation Committee, and Commission on Priesthood and the Diaconate.

Denise was recognized for her hard work and service to others by being named Matawan New Jersey's Citizen of the Year in 2003, Paul Harris Fellow of the Matawan Rotary Club in 2002, and a Temple Beth Shalom Woman of Valor in 2002. She was named to the Matawan Regional High School Hall of Fame in 2003.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Neil Carlson; grandchildren, Alex and Matthew Carlson; former husband, Bob Mantell; brothers and sister, Lawrence and Daniel Pariseau and Andree Monroe, and their children. She was predeceased by her beloved son, Dorian.

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