Marguerite Denham

Obituary of Marguerite La Grega Denham

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Marguerite LaGrega Denham passed away peacefully on May 14 2024. She was born on Father’s Day, June 18, 1961 to Gerald and Irene LaGrega in Bayside, NY. She was the elder of two daughters. Her family moved to Manhasset NY where she attended St Mary’s elementary and St Mary’s High School. Marguerite graduated from St John’s University School of Pharmacy where she received her Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy and a Master's in Pharmaceutical Marketing. Marguerite went on to work at NY Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. From there she worked at several pharmaceutical companies  including Pharmacia Upjohn, Pfizer, Teva and Astra Zeneca where she earned several awards for her achievements. Her expertise was in transplant medications and oncology.


 In 1995 Marguerite became a godmother to Anthony Nicholas Ressa, her sister Linda’s eldest child. Soon after she had two nieces Danielle 98’ and Arianna 01’ to share her love with. 


In 2001 Marguerite met her husband Michael and moved to Freehold, NJ. On September 6, 2003 the two were wed at a winery on Long Islands North Fork and in 2005 the two were blessed with their son Aidan. They were members of Co-Cathedral of St Robert Bellermine until her passing.


Marguerite had an adventurous spirit and had many interests. She enjoyed several activities including yoga, skiing, wine tasting, cooking gardening and scuba diving. Marguerite’s love of life was unparalleled, however her greatest joy was being a mother to her wonderful son Aidan. 


True to her Catholic upbringing, she was always positive and inspired others to achieve more by example. Whether it was as a pharmaceutical sales manager or in yoga class performing a difficult pose, anyone nearby could feel the positive energy and love. She developed lifelong friendships with many of her coworkers and fellow yogis. Those who knew Marguerite loved her positive fun loving attitude. She was selfless and caring to all that knew her. She was a devoted wife, incredible mother, adoring daughter and sister, caring aunt, cousin and friend. Her love of family and devotion to her faith stood out above all.


Marguerite is predeceased by her father Gerald LaGrega and survived by her mother Irene LaGrega, sister Linda Ressa, her husband Michael, her son Aidan and several nieces, nephews and cousins.