Denyse M. Palinkas


OAKVILLE — Denyse M. Palinkas, 66, of Oakville (Watertown), passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family on Monday, April 3, 2023, at Saint Mary’s Hospital. She was the beloved wife and best friend of Edward Palinkas for almost 36 years.

Born May 31, 1956 in Albuquerque, N.M., Denyse was the only daughter of the late Merle “Duke” Heidmeyer and Donna (Johnson) Miles. Family was the center of Denyse’s life. Time spent with her granddaughter Maggie brought her so much joy.

Denyse was the most loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was the first to lend a helping hand, to remember birthdays and special events with cards and thoughtful gifts. She was a “hugger” and gave them the best.

She also enjoyed crafting, crocheting, golf, Disney and reading. She loved a good cup of tea and company. Denyse loved her granddog Donut and their daily walks together.

Her legacy of love and devotion will be treasured by her family and dear friends.

Besides her husband Ed, Denyse is survived by her daughter Ashlee Rockhill and her husband Tom, of Florida; her son Michael Palinkas of Thomaston; her precious granddaughter Maggie Rockhill; and her sweet granddog Donut. She is also survived by her brothers, Daryl Miles of North Carolina and William Heidmeyer of Arizona; as well as a tight-knit extended family and friends who became family.

An hour of visitation will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2023, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Prospect Memorial/The Palmerie Family Funeral Home, 122 Waterbury Road, Prospect, followed by a service of celebration of Denyse’s life at 4 p.m.

Prospect Memorial/The Palmerie Family Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Palinkas family.

You are invited to share a favorite photo, memory, or your words of comfort and support on Denyse’s Tribute Wall at