On July 11, 2021, heaven received another angel. Denise (Neesie) Lynn Drotleff-Lisciotti was called to heaven by God. Denise passed peacefully at the age of 60 while surrounded by family in hospice care at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL.
Denise was born in Cleveland, OH on December 28, 1960 to her parents Andrew F. Drotleff Jr. and Donna E. Drotleff. Serving in the Air Force, her father’s duty station took her to Andrews Air Force base in Washington D.C., Homestead AFB in FL, and eventually to Eglin AFB which became the place she called “home” in Fort Walton Beach, FL.
She attended Elliott Point Elementary, Meigs Jr. High School, and graduated with honors from Choctawhatchee High School in 1978. She went on to Pensacola Junior College to get her degree and became a dental hygienist.
Denise moved to several places in the southeast with her family however, she found her way back home to Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Neesie (Denise) loved the Lord. She adored her husband George. She loved her children Derek and Dylan. Her unwavering and unconditional love and support for her sons was evident in every aspect of her life. She loved her family and her friends with her whole being. She was always thinking about how she could help others and she combined her profession with her passion to serve others. Denise joined Children’s Volunteer Health Network in June of 2008 as their Director of Dental Operations. Denise was responsible for their Mobile Dental Clinic, which serves (9) elementary schools in our area as well as Children in Crisis, Youth Village, and the Boys & Girls Club of America. The Mobile Clinic provides much needed dental care for children in need. She gave selflessly of her time to the dental program and to the children. Denise was completely dedicated to her role at CVHN. She had a servant’s heart and considered her work a blessing. Providing care for the children on the Mobile Dental Clinic was her passion.
She had a tremendous work ethic, but when she wasn’t working, Denise loved to spend quiet time at the beach where she could walk, relax, and reflect. She loved to paddle board. She loved raw oysters and fried trigger fish. She loved to go fishing with her family. She loved her dogs Mila and Mr. Doc. However, it might be easy to mistake kindness for weakness but she was as tough and strong as she was sweet and generous.
Denise expressed her devotion to the Lord not just through her words but by the way she treated other people. You always felt better after you talked to her. Most of all, she loved the Lord and was a faithful servant of God.
Denise is survived by her husband George Lisciotti, her son Derek Johnston and his wife Alex, her son Dylan Johnston and his fiancé Evelyn Edwards, her mother Donna Drotleff, her brother Andy Drotleff III and his wife Michelle, her nephews & nieces – Sebastian Lach, Claudia Lach, Drew Drotleff, Justin Drotleff, Lexi Drotleff, Isaac Drotleff, Samuel Drotleff and Charlotte Drotleff, her cousins – Lisa Bacot, Amber Stokes, Mike Collins, Kristy Suggs, Tammy Elder, Shelly Elder and Her Aunt and Uncle Rev. Jerrold & Dottie Collins.
Denise is preceded in death by her father Andy Drotleff Jr., her brother David Drotleff and her sister Debbie Drotleff.
A Celebration of Denise’s life will be held Friday July 16th at 2pm at:Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 1 Meigs Drive Shalimar, FL 32579
For those who are out of town or cannot attend in person, Denise’s Celebration of Life can be livestreamed at 2pm CST/3pm EST by going to www.shalimar.church, scrolling down, and pressing the blue box labeled “Watch the Livestream”
Reception with refreshments to follow the service in the Fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Children’s Volunteer Health Network CVHNKIDS.ORG