Obituary: Denise Ann Burkhalter-Colberg

Obituary: Denise Ann Burkhalter-Colberg, 82, died Sunday, May 26, 2024.

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In loving memory of Denise Ann Burkhalter-Colberg, 82, born on Dec. 4, 1941, and entered into rest on Sunday, May 26, 2024.

Denise was a loving wife, devoting her life to raising her sons and loving on her grandchildren. She was an avid animal lover and strong supporter for law enforcement, having worked for the Ocoee Police Department for many years, as well as with the Orange County Sheriff's office.

Affectionately remembered for her love of University of Florida Gator Football (Go Gators!), and for many years performing with the Sound of Sunshine Show Chorus, one of Central Florida's chapter of Sweet Adelines International.

Denise was preceded in death by her first husband, Ray Burkhalter; parents, Babe and Forrest Haynes; sister Nancy Lewis; brother-in-law, David Lewis.

She is sorely missed and survived by her husband, Jim Colberg; and her children, Joe (Barb) Burkhalter, Mike (Jill) Burkhalter, Jesse (Beverly) Burkhalter, Joe Colberg; along with her grandchildren, Jennifer (Sammy) Giufre, Joey (Devon) Burkhalter, Joanie (Max) Ewy, Samantha (Tim) Perkins, Brooke Burkhalter, Jessica (Lita) and Sage Keeley; 10 great-grandchildren; niece, Debbie Lewis; nephew, D.J. Lewis (Ingrid); as well as many friends and family in the Sound of Sunshine Chorus; Winn-Dixie workers she befriended on her trips up and down the aisles; and all those she touched with her generous heart. Rest in peace, Nana, we love you!


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