Doris Carozzo Denest

May 19, 1930 - May 20, 2023 Downingtown, Pa | Age 93 Loving Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Friend.

Doris Carozzo Denest, 93, passed away peacefully at her nursing home in West Chester, PA on May 20, 2023 after a sudden illness.

The first born daughter of Edgar Carozzo and Emma Bugliani, Doris was born on May 19, 1930 in Wilmington, Delaware, and grew up in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Doris graduated from Kennett High School in 1948 and married Joseph L. Denest of Wilmington, Delaware in 1951.

From a very young age, Doris’s life became one of giving to others unconditionally. As the oldest daughter in her family, Doris adored and often cared for her sisters Marlene, Shirley, and Eddie, who became her three best friends. She cherished every moment with them. As a mother to her four children and grandmother of two, Doris shared her love, wisdom, and boundless support. There was nothing more important to her than family and she gave selflessly.

Doris leaves behind all of us who will keep her in our hearts: her children Michael (Diane) Denest of Newark DE, Linn (Greg MacDonald) Denesti of Moab UT, Lisa (Jeff) Bell of Kennett Square PA, and Mark (Carolyn) Denest of Downingtown PA; grandchildren Molly Stack of Moab UT and Eric (Assela) Sutherland of Aarhus, Denmark; sisters Shirley Tingley of West Grove PA and Eddie Leo of Wilmington DE; and her many nieces and nephews, cousins, and dear friends old and new.

Doris is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Joseph Denest, infant daughter Debra Ann who passed away at birth in 1959; parents, Edgar Carozzo and Emma Bugliani; sister Marlene (Richard) Giancola; brothers-in-law on the Carozzo side; brothers and sisters-in-law on the Denest side; two nephews; cousins and other family members.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church, 212 Meredith St., Kennett Square, PA on Tuesday, May 30. Visitation hour for family and friends begins at St. Patrick Church at 11:00 a.m. with Mass at 12:00 noon. The Rite of Committal and burial will take place at St. Patrick Cemetery, 460 N. Union Street, Kennett Square, PA, immediately following.

In Lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Doris’s memory to United Way of Southern Chester County – Checks can be made payable to United Way of Southern Chester County and mailed to P.O. Box 362, Kennett Square, PA 19348, or you can donate online:

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Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA.

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May 30, 2023 11:00-12:00 St. Patrick Church,
212 Meredith St
Kennett Square, PA

Mass of Christian Burial

May 30, 2023 12:00 St. Patrick Church,
212 Meredith St
Kennett Square, PA


May 30, 2023 St. Patrick's Cemetery
460 N. Union Street
Kennett Square, PA


  1. On behalf of everyone here at Smoketown Airport, we want to express our condolences to the Denest family and in particular to Mark, who has been part of the Smoketown Airport family for many years. We extend our thoughts and prayers to Mark and all the family.

    Doug Fretz | May 30, 2023 at 9:33 AM
  2. Dear Eddie, Shirley and all the Family, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. I know you all have great memories in your hearts to cherish.
    My sincerest sympathy to all. Love, Patsy

    Patsy Vanderkraats | May 29, 2023 at 1:46 PM
  3. By every measure Doris was such a wonderful and amazing lady. As one of the many many PT pilots that experienced that special Denest Hospitality her smile, kindness, and laughter will never fade from our memories. She had that unique gift of making everyone feel special and at home whether around the kitchen table or at a fly-in. Doris was a blessing to all and so proud of the wonderful family that surrounded her and reflected the best of the human virtues that make such a difference in this world….and as Jesus promised, will be rewarded in the next.

    The sense loss is deep and sorrowful. How can it be otherwise when you remember her and all the joy, love and kindness she brought into so many other lives.

    May she and Joe be together once again as they slip the surly bonds of Earth, dance on laughter slivered wings, and reach out and touch the face of God.

    We love you,

    Bob and Diane

    Bob and Diane Nolan | May 27, 2023 at 1:11 PM
  4. Sincere condolences to the all the Denest Family. Sharing in your sadness as we remember dear Doris, a beautiful lady inside and out.
    Very fond memories of good times with both Doris and Joe.
    Keeping you in our thoughts.
    Best wishes Mike & Lynne Parry

    Lynne Parry | May 26, 2023 at 1:20 PM

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