Dena J. Harris

November 21, 1964 - October 13, 2020

Waterloo, WI - On Tuesday, October 13, 2020 Heaven welcomed home one of the brightest souls the world has ever seen. Dena Jean (Schimming) Frentzel, 55, of Waterloo passed away in the home of her loving mother after fighting a hard battle against brain cancer over the last five years. She was born November 21st, 1964 in Columbus, Wisconsin to parents Marvin and Karen (Ellis) Frentzel.

Dena shared a special and close relationship with her mother, the two of them traveling and thrifting together on countless occasions. No garage sale was safe from their thrifty attentions! They loved trying all of the delicious recipes Dena would find and were always experimenting with new art and craft techniques.

While Dena worked in manufacturing, she was an accomplished and gifted crafter. She made the most wonderful handmade cards and scrapbooks, along with decorations and gifts. She was always trying new things and buying more supplies. Her passion for crafting ran so deep, she had ink running through her veins and Cricut cartridges in her heart.

Dena's greatest love was for her family. She was a warm, shining sun and her children and grandchildren were the planets that orbited her, drawn in by the immeasurable love she had for them. Dena showed her loved ones how much they meant to her in so many ways, always showering them in love and gifts she found or made.

Dena is survived by her mother Karen (Gary) Harrington, brother Josh (Edward) Frentzel , loving sons Matt (Diana) Schimming and Nathaniel (Sierra) Schimming, adored grandchildren Sophia, Adaline, Zoe, and Oliver, along with many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephew.

She was preceeded in death by her paternal grandparents Alberta and Riley Ellis, maternal grandparents Clarence and Viola Albedyll, father Marvin Frentzel and twin brothers, Steven and Scott Frentzel.

A celebration of life for Dena will be held at a later date.

Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Homes-Waterloo is caring for the family. To place an online condolence please visit

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