This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Denise Castellano-Worster 55 years old , born on September 19, 1964 and passed away on May 3, 2020. We will remember her forever.

Due to restrictions put in place from Covid-19, all services will be handled privately under the care of the DiCostanzo family owned, Lakewood Funeral Home, Howell.

A Memorial Service will be held in Denise's honor when it is deemed safe to do so.  Please check back for further updates.

In lieu of flowers,
Memorial donations may be made in
Denise's name to:
Memorial Sloan Kettering
or Jamesburg PBA Local 389
P.O. Box 239, Jamesburg, NJ 08831

Posted by Rita Lapushinsky on September 19, 2022
Happy Birthday in heaven. I still can’t believe you’re gone. Find my brother n celebrate the both of you. He was yesterday. Miss you n will always remember our fun times at Garden State ♥️
Posted by Danielle Meo on May 24, 2022
You were (are) such a free spirit with a life full of zest. I always think about that one mothers day when you, Jess, and I went out to brunch in Asbury. I really enjoyed the time we had. You will always have a beautiful soul !
Posted by Kathy Van Jura on September 19, 2020
Missing your spirit! Happy Birrhday!
Posted by Michele Hiu on May 11, 2020
"Cousins are our childhood playmates that grow up to be forever friends"
Denise, my cousin, you will be truly missed. I'm sure my Dad is there to give you a great big hug and kiss.
Love you XO ❤️
Posted by Norma Shepherd on May 7, 2020
Denise I have known you for over 40 years you will forever be my friend .I will always love you. I will forever miss you. So sorry Kenny , Kyle and Jessica.God Bless you
Posted by Duke Ennis on May 7, 2020
I've been at a loss for words since Denise passed. I'm so sad that Denise had to leave us so soon.
After losing a sister when I was 16, I spoke with my pastor about the grief that I was feeling. My pastor explained that everyone is put on Earth with a special task. When they accomplish that task they're called back home to heaven. I'm not sure what Denise's task was but if I had to guess I would say it was to spread joy among everyone she met. I saw that 25 years ago when I meet her. Whenever I would see her she would be laughing and smiling. With everything that I'm reading online I can see how I was not the only person that she touched while she was here. Denise is and will always be my friend. Until I see you again, I love you.
Kenny, Sharon, Kyle and Jessica I am so truly sorry for your loss and wish that I could be there for all of you. I love you and hope to see all of you soon.
Love, Duke and Anita
Posted by Alice Casey on May 6, 2020
Denise had a kind, fun loving, friendly spirit. She brightened up every room and campsite she entered. Her laughter was infectious. The world is a sadder place without her.
Posted by Lauren Meo on May 6, 2020
Denise, you were always the life of the party & I know you still are. I know you and my mom found the best party in heaven and are living it up. Thank you for always being so wonderful to me throughout the years. You were so strong and brave to battle this and everyone is so proud of you.
Posted by Anita Ennis on May 6, 2020
We do not know anyone who did not love Denise! She was a strong, caring, loving person, but most of all so much fun to be around! She found the positive in any situation and accepted people for who they were. We admired her courageous battle with cancer, never giving up. We draw on her strength now as we mourn her passing. Denise will always be in our hearts! With much love and sympathy to Kenny, Sharon, Kyle, Jessica and family! Duke and Anita
Posted by Karen Worster on May 6, 2020
We will miss Denise in every way. Our family gatherings will never be the same and her absence will be felt in our hearts forever. We are sending our love to Kenny, Kyle and Jessica, her mom Sharon, her sister and brothers and all of her family that loved her so deeply. We are there with you today in our hearts. We are so sorry these terrible times don’t allow for more. Much love and our deepest sympathies ..... Karen, Don and Rich and family
Posted by Kathy Van Jura on May 6, 2020
We are so saddened by Denise’s passing. We are sending our love and sympathy to Kenny, Kyle and Jessica and all who loved her. May she find her truly deserved peace. Family events will not be the same without her vibrant spirit.
Posted by Jeff Worster on May 6, 2020
To our wonderful sister-in-law
The life of the party, first one in line to get a drink, last one to leave the dance floor, family first always and forever
beautiful, strong, determined, fearless, loving - your bright star will forever be missed.

Posted by Paul Castellano on May 6, 2020
My sister.  
       We little knew that morning ,that God was going to call your name, in life we loved you dearly , in death we do the same.          It broke our hearts to lose you but you did not go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us with precious memories your love is still our guide and though we cannot see you, you are always by our side our family chain is broke and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one The chain will link again........ I love you Denise rest in peace my sweet sister. When I see again have a drink ready for me!!!!
Posted by Ellie Issa on May 5, 2020
I wish I could have spent more time with beautiful Denise and Kenny, my cousins. I have seen many photos posted on FB over the past years and no matter where she was in her battle, she always had a smile on the face. Rest in peace, Warrior Woman.
Posted by Ana Ives-Castellano on May 5, 2020
Forever in my heart, will miss our outings . You made a big impact in our life's...thank you!
Posted by Rich Castellano on May 5, 2020
Little sister, my world will be forever diminished without you in it
I'll hold you in my heart until I can hold you in heaven
Posted by Niamh O’Sullivan on May 6, 2020
Denise, I often think of the times spent with you on my holidays you had a joy for life and and your smile would light up a room. Though gone too soon your presence here will never be forgotten. To all your family and friends my heartfelt condolences. Denise sleep lightly and wake with the angels because you were an angel here
Niamh o’sullivan Whitchurch, irel
Posted by Tom Schmidt on May 5, 2020
Our beloved denise you will always have a place in my heart you were such a fun loving person who always put your family first you were a terrific wife mother aunt and may I say cousin and a fighter. I will miss all the family gatherings .may the good lord watch over you because I know you will be looking down on us rest in peace denise love you

Posted by Rita Lapushinsky on May 5, 2020
I will always remember the good times we had working together and the fun we had. God took you away too soon. But heaven must be very happy right now with you there. Say hello to my brother for me. Heinekens and white cheddar popcorn forever
Posted by Kelly Mckee on May 5, 2020
You're dearly missed Denise! 
Posted by Dawn Casserly Ferrante on May 5, 2020
My beautiful cousin, you have been through so much over the past few years and have never once complained. You've been so strong and now it's time to rest. I love you cuz, know that, until we meet again ❤❤
Posted by Michele Tsakiris on May 5, 2020
Denise - You were a great lady and a lot of fun at the class reunions. You will definitely be missed. My hope is that you are now free from this dreaded disease and keeping an eye on your family and friends. Have a great party up there with those who went before you...
Posted by Kathy Baumann on May 5, 2020
Denise you were the best! We had such great times in high school! So happy I saw you last year (1st time since high school) and got to meet Kenny, the love of your life! Rest in peace dear angel! Love and miss you always!
Posted by Annie Castellano on May 5, 2020
If you knew Denise, you loved her. She was always ready to have fun and included everyone.
May our little Dancing Dee be shaking her tiny hiney because it's 5 o'clock somewhere and now that she's there she'll get the party started. Until we meet again my sweet Dee. I love you and cherish your memory ❤
Posted by Andrea Segda-Schmidt on May 5, 2020
My Cousin - Sister
You were an inspiration to us all you will greatly missed.  I love you and know you are in a better place in heaven. You are our Angel now rest in peace and know I will love you forever. Your party goes on forever. LOVE YOU COUSIN
Posted by Andrea Globis on May 5, 2020
Denise God took you home where you are at peace no more pain...just love. I will think of you and remember you always. You leave us with so many beautiful memories...Rest In Peace Sweet Denise. John and I both loved you dearly...
Posted by Jim Deane on May 5, 2020
This just breaks my heart. Memories of St. Patty's day at your moms place and fun times camping will always put a smile on my face! You had a way of always making me feel welcome, I'll never forget that. Love and peace to Denise's family in this sad time.. she will always be remembered and I'll be planting an evergreen tree in her memory.
Posted by William Singley on May 5, 2020
Rest in Peace Denise ❤
Posted by Dawn Higgins on May 5, 2020
Denise even though I only seen you a few times at family gatherings, you were a wonderful person. Always made us feel like family. I will forever remember the fun times and laughs from then. I am sorry you suffered for so long, but you stayed strong for as long as you were able. So many hearts are broken now that you are gone. May you rest easy and fly high. Condolences to the family.
Posted by Betty Jo Moore- Kopec on May 5, 2020
Denise I am glad I was given the chance to meet you and be a part of your family celebrations for the past few years .. I wish Kenny Jess Kyle your mother and father brothers and sisters strength to get through ..until we meet again watch over your family keep them safe ..
Rest in peace 
Posted by Sharon Gieser Pressey on May 5, 2020
My beautiful daughter my girl & my friend You will take a piece of my heart with you to heaven, my life will be changed forever Love you my beautiful daughter  love mommy
Posted by Kevin Pressey on May 5, 2020
I am sad that we all can't be together to be with Kyle and Jessica. You are all in my thoughts. She was a special kinda gal that fought till the end! I am glad however that she is no longer suffering and in pain. 
Posted by Kyle Worster on May 5, 2020

I love you so much, you are the strongest person I will ever know. I miss you
Posted by Kenneth Worster on May 5, 2020
I love you with all my heart and hope you are at peace and already started a party

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Posted by Rita Lapushinsky on September 19, 2022
Happy Birthday in heaven. I still can’t believe you’re gone. Find my brother n celebrate the both of you. He was yesterday. Miss you n will always remember our fun times at Garden State ♥️
Posted by Danielle Meo on May 24, 2022
You were (are) such a free spirit with a life full of zest. I always think about that one mothers day when you, Jess, and I went out to brunch in Asbury. I really enjoyed the time we had. You will always have a beautiful soul !
Posted by Kathy Van Jura on September 19, 2020
Missing your spirit! Happy Birrhday!
her Life
Denise Castellano-Worster, 55, passed away peacefully at home with her family May 3rd, 2020. Denise was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She was a lifelong resident of Howell NJ and was involved in many community activities. She was an avid camper and outdoor enthusiast. Denise was the life of the party, anyone who knew her knows she was always the first one on the dance floor and the last one off.

Denise is survived by her loving husband of 36 years Kenny, son Kyle and daughter Jessica as well as her father Rich Castellano, her mother Sharon Pressey, two brothers Richard Castellano, Paul Castellano and her sisters Trish Nicosia, Alexis Castellano as well as many brother and sister in laws, nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.

The family will be planning a memorial service and celebration of her life as soon as it is safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to Memorial Sloan Kettering through their website or the Jamesburg PBA local 389 PO box 239 Jamesburg NJ 08831.

Arrangements will be private and provided by Lakewood funeral home Howell NJ. Updates on online condolences may be found at

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Shared by Dawn Ferrante on September 21, 2020
We gathered to celebrate your life, we shared memories and toasted to your birthday, we cried but mostly smiled. I'm sure you were smiling with us. Missing you, beautiful cuz.
Shared by Robert Sistad on May 5, 2020
  1. So sorry. She was a wonderful person  and great co-worker. She will be truly missed.                    Bobby & Jacque

My cousin- sister

Shared by Andrea Segda-Schmidt on May 5, 2020
You were an inspiration to us all. My heart breaks for you. But you are in a glorious place Enjoy and party forever. I love you and will miss you I know we will be together someday.  Love forever.