December 5, 1961 ~ March 6, 2021

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Denise Ruth Buono, 59, of Hamden, passed away suddenly on March 6, 2021. She was the beloved wife of 40 years to Mark Buono. Denise was born in New Haven on December 5, 1961 and was the daughter of Elvera Shura and the late Myron Shura. Loving Mother of Mark Buono (Renee) of Middletown and Teale Buono (Mark) of Hamden. Predeceased by an infant son born September 21, 1986. Grandmother of Olivia Buono and Christian Buono. Sister of Cherri Byrnes, Renee Russo (John), Stephen Shura (Brian) and Edgar Shura (Robin).
Denise worked for many years for the Hamden Public School System. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who cherished her grandchildren. Denise enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family and cooking meals for them. She loved being outdoors with her husband; fishing, crabbing and camping (especially at Yellowstone National Park and the Housatonic River with friends). She was a very warm and loving person with a gentle spirit that welcomed all, who always put others before herself.
Friends may visit with Denise’s family on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Beecher & Bennett, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. A Prayer Service will be held in the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Masks and social distancing requirements will be followed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army ( or the Red Cross (


Visitation: March 11, 2021 4:00 - 7:30 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Prayer Service: March 11, 2021 7:30 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


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  1. I worked with Denise and will always remember her kindness, humor and loving smile. May her memory always be a cherished blessing to you and your family.

    • My heart goes out to Denises’ Family
      I will never forget her beautiful spirit
      She touched my heart in so many ways

      With My Deepest Condolences
      Pattie Mathews ( Church St School)

  2. Our thoughts and prayers to Mark , Her children, grandchildren and Family. So many great memories of our times together with Denise over our 40 years of friendship, family, Ironworker and Hockey events. Such a beautiful person inside and out. Gone but never forgotten.
    Kevin and Suzanne Byrnes

  3. Our family is saddened to hear of Dee Dee’s passing. Our hearts ache for her family’s sudden loss. We are keeping them, especially her children, husband, and mother, in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. We lost touch but she always was in my heart. She put so much joy in my childhood years, and always filled my heart when I ran into her, always smiling and always kind words. My prayers are with you all💞🙏🙏

  5. Very sorry for you loss and pray the lord will give your family strength during your difficult time.

  6. Mark,
    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Denise was a beautiful person inside and out and anyone who met her was a better person because of it.

  7. So very sorry to hear of Denise’s passing. She will be remembered for her dedication to her Hamden High students and her committment to their well- being. My deepest condolences to my former student, Teale, and the entire family.

  8. Mark and family , Jim and I are so sorry for your loss, She was a wonderful person inside and out. Always with a smile on her face she would do anything for anybody. Our prayers are with all of you at this time 🙏

  9. Our sympathy to the family on lost of your loved one. May thoughts and prayers bring you comfort during this time. Al & Sandy Verrier

  10. Our hearts, love and sympathy are with you all. Rest In Peace and may eternal light shine upon you Denise 🙏❤️

  11. To the entire family, so very sorry for your sudden loss. I pray for strength and courage to get you through this difficult time. May all the wonderful memories you hold in your heart bring you comfort and peace.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Linda M. DeLucia

  12. I had the pleasure of working with Denise at Church Street School for the past 2 years. I will always remember her wonderful energy and her beautiful sense of humor. She will be missed. My condolences to her loved ones…

  13. ROMANS 11: 36
    Our Lord God and Savior has broken another branch off our families tree to plant in His garden above May she rest in peace besides her son her dad and our root Grandma G. I love ya Denise I promise to never forget ya keep you always in my heart and forever in my Prayers
    FAMILY !!

  14. I am so sorry to hear of Denise’s passing . I didn’t know her personally but both my sons knew her through school and were very fond of her and saddened at her passing . I do know denise’s daughter teal and she is a wonderful young woman and that tells me that Denise was a great mother. Rest In Peace dear one ❤️🙏🏻

  15. Extremely sorry for your Mark, we just spoke last week. What a beautiful and warm soul Ruth was, always so inviting and genuine, she will truly be missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting her !!!!

  16. Our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Denise will always be remembered as the most wonderful person we could know.

  17. Mark and family, so sorry for your loss. Denise was a good childhood friend. I remember her as a very kind person. I was just thinking of her the other day as I drove by her childhood home. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  18. Denise and I worked together in travel. Great memories. She was such a kind and genuine person. Condolences to the family.

  19. My heart goes out to Denises’ Family
    I will never forget her beautiful spirit
    She touched my heart in so many ways

    With My Deepest Condolences
    Pattie Mathews ( Church St School)

  20. Dear Mark, Teale, Mark & family,
    We are so sorry to learn of Denise’s passing. She was a lovely woman, a wonderful neighbor and a very caring friend. Her smile and kindness will be remembered and greatly missed.
    With thoughts, prayers and sympathy,
    Joe and Susan Derbacher, Lisa, Robert and Kolby Matusovich

  21. I am so sorry for your loss. Denise was such a kind person and had such a big heart. I was so grateful for her when she offered the first floor apartment to me many years ago and will always remember how caring she was. Your family is in my prayers ♥️

  22. To Mark and the Buono Family, Our sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Denise.
    May God heal all your hearts while you grieve and memories be your consolation.
    RIP Denise.

    Tony Sr & Jo Cavallaro

  23. Denise was a beautiful person (inside and out). I was shocked to hear of her passing. My prayers are with the family… may God comfort you and give you strength to guide you through this difficult time.

  24. Mark and Denise, we were friends in high school then came in touch again when we met up through my husband’s cousin, Don Zemke and his wife Nancy. So sorry for this great loss xoxo. Prayers go out to you all!

  25. So sorry to hear this. I went to high school with Denise and lost touch with her but we use to see each other in the stores in Hamden and always say hello . Our kids went to school together too. My deepest condolences to her husband and children.

  26. I am so sorry to hear of her sudden death. I will always remember her as a kind, caring and active person who gave of herself every day. Mimi Pilotte 43 Gorham Ave.

  27. Our deepest sympathy to your entire family for your sudden loss. We will keep you in our prayers and if there is anything you need, we are here for you.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Local 37 Officers and members

  28. I am so sorry to hear about Denise. She was such a lovely person and will be sincerely missed. Thoughts and Prayers go out to her entire family. Beth (HHS Athletics)

  29. To The Entire Buono Family. We are so very sorry on the loss of Denise. Please know we are sending our prayers and support to you during these difficult times. Denise was such a great person who loved all of you so much!!! Tom Corto and Bonnie

  30. We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. We give our condolences to you and your family. Sorry we couldn’t be there in person but our thoughts are with you. Sincerely Mark and Linda Thibault

  31. To The Buono Family,

    We are so very sorry for your tremendous loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time.

  32. Our sincere sympathy to Mark and his family. We will always remember Denise’s ready smile, always asking to help and her saying “I got this”. She will always be with us in our hearts and minds.

  33. I worked at Church St with Denise. She was always so helpful to me. I will miss her smile and kindness. My thought and prayers are with her family at this time. May you find some comfort knowing she is in a better place at peace.

  34. On behalf of my son and myself we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Mark and the Buono family. We will keep all of you in our prayers. God Bless, Patty and Sean Sullivan

  35. To Denise’s family,

    I had the pleasure of working with your wife, sister, mother and grandmother several times in my 20 years as a Para. No one put more energy, love and kindness than Denise did, into all of her interactions, she was a great example to everyone who had the privilege to work with her. Our condolences to all of you, heaven has a new angel. We hope you find peace in all of your memories.

    Thinking of you,
    Ellen Presnick
    Nancy Presnick

  36. I’m so sorry for Denise’s passing. The sun shines duller without her energy and smile. My heart is with you all.

  37. We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dede. Our love and prayers are with you and your family. She will be in our hearts forever. Our deepest condolences.

    Uncle Ralph and Lisa

  38. Dear Mark, Mark, & Teale,

    Words cannot express how deeply sorry and heartbroken Dom and I are for Denise’s passing. We love you all and cherish all the memories we had together. They hold a special place in our hearts. Our prayers and love are with you all.
    Dom & Irene

  39. My condolences to the family. When loosing a loved one it can be unbearable. That is why God has provided scriptures in the Bible to help ones cope with the loss. In the Bible book of Isaiah 25:8 Jehovah God promises soon to “swallow up death forever.” He also promises to bring back those who have fallen asleep in death (Acts 24:15). In a little while longer this kind of pain will be a thing of the past (Revelations 21:4). May these scriptures bring you comfort in this difficult time (

  40. I have no words to help you or explain even how I feel. Denise was such a good friend and I am in despair that I had not kept in touch over the years. She will forever be in my heart and you all will be kept in my thoughts and prayers.
    Your old neighbor and friend,
    Janet (Higgins) Guarino

  41. Mark and Family Jim & I are so very sorry to hear about Denise’s passing. Will never forget all the Easter Egg Hunts when the kids were little and her beautiful smile. RIP Denise

    Jim & Paula Savo

  42. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Mrs. Buono was such a wonderful women. I remember her smile being contagious and her energy was so amazing to be around. I’m praying that God brings you and your family peace and comfort in this very difficult time. My heart goes out to you.

  43. I am so sorry to hear this sad news. My heart goes out to you Mark and you family. I remember the laughs we had living next door.

  44. So very sorry for your loss. I remember Denise as a lovely person,wonderful with the Church Street students. She was always so helpful to me. No chore beyond her.

  45. I was shocked and deeply saddened to see this posting of Denise’s sudden passing. Even though I haven’t lived in Connecticut for almost 45 years, I still remember Elvera inviting my father and myself over to spend time with the family and the kids. I remember Denise very well as a happy, vibrant teenager along with the other kids, and I only wish I had the opportunity to get to know her as an adult. My prayers and my thoughts are with you, Elvera, and her husband and children and all the extended family. I am forever thankful to God that I got to know Denise even though it was so long ago. I have never forgotten your kindness, Elvera, and the kindness of your family and children in making us feel like we were part of the family.

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