Denise M. Nicotra

Denise M. Nicotra, age 63, of Erie, passed away Friday, September 6, 2019 following an extended battle with cancer. She was born in Erie on September 30, 1955, daughter of the late John and Melvérta Nicotra.

Denise was a graduate of Mercyhurst University and worked in Customer Service at Steris Corp. She loved to travel and enjoyed her trips to Hawaii. She also enjoyed cooking.

Denise is survived by her husband, Kurt Kesselring; one daughter, Michele Bille (David); one son, Jason Rodgers (Kylie); three brothers, Terry Nicotra, John Nicotra (Elizabeth), and Robert Nicotra; seven grandchildren, Steven and Sarah Stafford, Ryan, Connor, and Anthony Bille, and Alex and Emillie Rodgers; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Janet Nicotra.

Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., 536 West 10th Street, on Sunday from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm and are invited to attend a Graveside Service on Monday at 11 am at Gate of Heaven Cemetery conducted by Rev. Shawn Clerkin.

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The founder of the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., Constantine "Gus" Dusckas, was born in Titusville, Pennsylvania, on July 22, 1915, the son of Greek immigrants. It has been noted that the Dusckas family had a close relationship with the Drake family of oil well fame. Because of the family's deep religious beliefs, young Gus got involved with many families who were in need and less fortunate.  read more...

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    2607 Buffalo Rd.
    Erie, PA 16510
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    536 West 10th Street
    Erie, PA 16502