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Denise Ortega

Denise Ortega

Friday, April 28th, 1961 - Friday, September 4th, 2020
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Denise Ortega (Dominguez) April 28, 1961 – September 4, 2020
Denise Ortega, 59, lost her battle with diabetes on September 4, 2020 with her son, Ozzy Ortega, and husband, William David Ortega, by her side. She was born April 28, 1961 in Fort Collins, CO, the last child of eight, and daughter born to Ben and Della (Vasquez) Dominguez. She grew up and lived most of her life in Windsor, CO and graduated from Windsor High School in 1979.

She and Willie were married on March 27, 1992, the same year that Señor Jalapeño was established by her older sister and second “mom”, Yoly Dominquez, who preceded her in death in 1998. Denise then took over as sole proprietor and owned and operated the restaurant until her death. Her customers, employees and vendors became her extended family and she loved nothing more than sharing her cooking and her jokes with those who came in the restaurant. Through food, Denise touched hundreds of lives in her lifetime. She believed that food helped ones’ soul whether in celebration or mourning and never turned down a request to contribute to the occasion.

Denise’s life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by her understood that while serious and stern, she had a heart of gold that far exceeded the quantity of time she was with us. She brought laughter, smiles and food to everyone she touched.

Her courage, strength and bravery were due to her strong belief in God and his word; and her faith and love of Jesus and her family carried her through in the end. She never wallowed in self- pity and hid her pain and suffering from her loved ones.

She loved Elvis Presley and lots of different kinds of music and liked to go to dances where she clapped to her favorite tunes. She enjoyed traveling, especially to Cancun, Mexico, but really liked going anywhere where she could get into a warm swimming pool.

Denise is survived by her loving husband, William David Ortega and son, Ozzy Ortega & (Melany Schink) and unborn granddaughter; sisters, Rosie Garcia and Linda Gonzalez; brothers, Moses & (Samoni) Dominguez and Danny Dominguez and numerous nieces and nephews who she loved and touched deeply. She was proceeded in death by her mother and father, Ben and Della Dominquez, brothers David and Benjie Dominquez, sister Yolanda Dominquez, and daughter Angel Dominguez.

A service will be held on September 21, 2020 at The Timberline Church in Windsor, 360 Crossroads Blvd, at 11:00 a.m. There is a restriction on the number able to attend so family asks that you please contact Kristie Melendez at 970-686-5805 to ensure your seating. There will be a celebration of life from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Windsor American Legion, 624 Ash Street, please stagger visits during this time to accommodate all those that wish to extend their condolences to the family. Both locations will be following COVID precautions and face masks are required.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in care of Señor Jalapeño and sent to 1039 Main Street, Windsor, CO 80550.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, September 21st, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Timberline Church Windsor
    Address
    360 E Crossroads Blvd
    WINDSOR, CO 80550
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  • Reception

    Location
    American Legion Post 109 Windsor
    Address
    624 Ash Street
    WINDSOR, CO
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Jordan and Rosie Hecker

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The Wiedemans

Posted at 10:12pm
We have been going to Señor jalapeños practically every Thursday night since 2006. The restaurant felt like home and we were always treated like family. We will miss Denise tremendously! Our memory is being her guinea pigs. Denise would bring us experimental desserts and drinks and ask what we thought of them. They were always delicious. Rest in peace Denise, we love you!
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Posted at 06:24pm
Our condolences, Denise will be missed by all that knew her. She was a wonderful person and treated us like family, we will never forget her.
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Desiree Parrish

Posted at 11:38pm
I am so heartbroken. Denise was my Aunt. She was married to my Uncle and helped raise me. Yes, they divorced, but she remained my Aunt because that is who she was. She was there when I was born 44 yrs ago. I moved back to CO about 6 yrs ago and called to tell her I was back. Shortly thereafter, since I live in Denver, I came up to have lunch at the restaurant. I was so thrilled to see her. She gave me the biggest hug and wouldn’t let go. She was there during my entire pregnancy 24 yrs ago too and fed me daily! I used to come to the restaurant weekly and stock up on burritos. She’d make me enough to last me all week and I lived off her food or bbq ribs. It had been a while since I had gotten up there but I called and always reminded her I loved her.

She taught me never back down! She was mouthy, loud, opinionated and would put you in your place if needed.

She will be missed. I’d give anything for one more hug!
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Brenda Holland

Posted at 09:33am
Willy, Ozzy, Rosie, Linda and the rest of the family,
We are deeply saddened by Denise's passing. We considered her one of our sisters.
It was always a joy when we went in to Senor Jalapenos and Denise was able to come and visit with us.
She was always great at making us laugh and sharing what was going on with her life.
She told you exactly how it was for her, yet she was always able to smile through her health issues.
Our community has lost a GREAT LADY.
Our love and prayers are with you. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
We are thinking of you in this time of loss and asking God to tenderly care for your deepest needs.
Our heartfelt sympathies,
Brenda Holland, Steve Lucero, Sandra and Scott Brown, Jeramie Skogg, Glenda Skogg and Steve Wiley
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