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October 20, 2021

10/5/2021 8:37:00 AM
Crowley, Wilfred Dennis

Wilfred Dennis Crowley, a.k.a. Denny, Heavy D, 93, born Oct. 12, 1927, died peacefully at his home in Mineral Point, WI, on Sunday, Oct. 3, surrounded by those who adore him.
He was born in Wauwatosa, WI, attended St. Francis Seminary and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1952, serving parishioners in Madison at St. Raphael's, Baraboo, Beloit, Highland and Doylestown. In 1969, he married Marianne Miller and lived in the Ripon-Green Lake area where he taught fourth grade at Princeton Public School.
In 1995 post retirement, he and Marianne moved to Mineral Point, where he lived until his death. Denny lived an exuberant life. His optimism, humor, curiosity and compassion for humanity touched most everyone who met him. He was a skilled craftsman, builder and artist. Combining his love of history, architecture and antiques, he restored three antique log homes and worked on the significant construction of four others, specializing in stonework and historic fireplaces.
He collected and sold antiques, and the hunt was always more important than the find.
His family, however, was paramount in his life. He was a proud and fierce advocate for his wife Marianne, his daughter Moira, his granddaughter Ingrid, and his son-in-law, Michael Ebeling. Besides these, he is survived by his brother Jay Crowley, sister-in-law Nancy Dentz, brother-in-law Mark Miller, and their respective families. Denny absolutely loved his life, his family and friends in Green Lake, Ripon and Mineral Point.
His life was a gift to those who experienced his joie de vivre. Though his life was long and full, he had so much to offer that we can truly say, "Denny, we hardly knew ye."
Gorgen Funeral Home
Mineral Point, WI

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