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Kerri M. Denny

November 8, 1983 July 10, 2021
Kerri M. Denny
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Obituary for Kerri M. Denny

Germantown Hills- Kerri M. Denny passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at her residence in Germantown Hills, IL.
Kerri was born in Peoria, IL on November 8, 1983, to Kim B. Williams and Lori Oberlander. As a child, Kerri was a combination of curiosity, orneriness, loved to laugh, follow her sister around and ask every question possible. Kerri has always had the most beautiful laugh that would light up not just the space around her but your soul. When you look into her beautiful blue eyes you knew exactly what she was feeling.
Kerri is survived by her parents of Peoria, daughter Annette Michelle Gremminger of Germantown Hills, sister Casey (Jason) Conger of Enterprise, AL, four nieces JayciLynn, Monica, Allison and Jenna Conger, and life partner Kyle Denny. She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Kerri graduated from Bradley University in 2005 with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. Kerri went even further and completed a Masters in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Supervision from Saint Xavier University. This year she had begun pursuing her Doctorate degree at William Carey University. Kerri was very passionate about learning, and she loved to share this part of herself with her students.
Kerri was first a dedicated teacher then throughout the years she changed roles to eventually being the Dean of Students at Quest Charter Academy Middle School. Through the years Kerri poured her heart into her students, she loved every single one of them. She told them they could do anything, be anything, and pushed them to succeed and follow their dreams.
On October 29, 2011, Kerri gave birth to her beautiful daughter Annette Michelle Gremminger. Kerri was a devoted mother to her daughter, who she affectionately nicknamed “Birde”. Kerri and Annette loved listening to music, getting their nails done together, feeding the birds at the park, and making slime together. They were best friends. Annette and her mom would spend time at the Illinois River playing with their dog, Hope, and looking for shells. Anne remembers that her mom’s favorite shells are the ones that looks like unicorn horns. Annette says her mom loved making her derby car with her for the Girl Scout Pinewood Derby. Kerri loved Annette with her entire heart.
Kerri and her mom, Lori, loved to spend time together doing anything from watching a movie, star gazing, road tripping, fishing, playing pickleball or kayaking. They loved picnics with Anne. Her mom loved it when Kerri invited her to school functions and felt so lucky to be there with her. They enjoyed meeting for dinner at BWW and would stay as long as they could, talking, catching up on life, and lots of laughing. Kerri and her mom went to every festival or carnival they could together. Really, it did not matter what they were doing, her mom was so happy to be in her world. Her mom adored her. Kerri knew that her mom was her biggest cheerleader in life. From Mom to Kerri: I love you total infinity plus one, no say backs, no returns!
Kerri and her dad, Kim, loved spending time together her entire life. He remembers as a child she would stand next to him, watching him cook, wanting to help, and asking lots of questions along the way instead of going to play. They both loved spending time outdoors together camping most weekends. He remembers that animals and insects were always cool to her as a child and throughout her life. They also enjoyed fishing and riding the 4-wheeler with Anne. Listening to her plans and dreams is something her dad loved. He was and always will be so proud of how hard she worked towards her dreams. They always had a special “hello” and “goodbye”. He would say “Hi KerKer!” She would say “Heyyy Dadders!”
Kerri and her sister, Casey, had the best time when they were together. The last time Casey came into town they had an amazing time walking along the Illinois River talking, laughing, and picking up driftwood and shells. They loved being in nature, and to them it was always better when they were together. Kerri brought out the playful and silly side in her sister. They would make each other laugh until their cheeks hurt. Kerri loved going to visit her sister in Enterprise, AL to be with Casey, her husband Jason, and her four nieces JayciLynn, Monica, Allison, and Jenna. Jason says that he loved Kerri so much. He has fond memories of night fishing with her on our family vacations in Wisconsin. He loved her like she was his own sister. When Kerri and Anne would visit, together they would all spend countless days at the beach looking for shells, swimming, and watching the waves. They would often stay the night at the beach so they could walk together under the moon and stars while hearing the waves.
When Kerri was with her nieces, they always had a blast. The girls have beautiful memories of their time together playing in the rain, sleepovers at her house, and playing pranks on their dad, Jason. Kerri loved to spoil her nieces. She always made sure they each knew how proud she was of them. Kerri would do whatever the kids wanted to do, even taking them for Blizzards in a blizzard! Just being in the car with her was fun with the music loud, windows down, and singing loud.
Kerri and her life partner, Kyle, loved each other very much. Kyle remembers that Kerri’s love was something like he has never felt before. They both knew that no matter how hard the day was, they got to come home to each other. They enjoyed kayaking and fishing together. Kyle says Kerri was his best friend and misses her like crazy.
Kerri was one of the leaders for Annette’s Girl Scout Troop. She enjoyed every moment. One of the troop parents told her family that at one meeting Kerri invited the troop to her house so they could learn about farm animals (Kerri and her dad had goats, chickens, and turkeys at one time). It was pouring rain but by the end of the meeting they were covered in mud and smiles.
Kerri’s family is grateful to all family, friends, co-workers, and students who have reached out with pictures and stories of their time with her. Kerri was an amazing woman with the biggest heart. She always saw the potential in people even if they could not see it for themselves. We will love her forever.
Here is a quote that was hung on Kerri’s cabinet in her kitchen:
Be easy to love, hard to break, and impossible to forget. –JmStorm
A Memorial service will be at 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. A visitation will begin at 1:00 PM until time of service. Rev. Stephen Barch will officiate. Cremation Rites have been accorded.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a future trust for Kerri’s daughter, Annette. Checks may be made to Lori Oberlander.
Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com

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Saturday

17

Jul

1:00 PM 7/17/2021 1:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 7/17/2021 3:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N North St
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N North St Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Service

Saturday

17

Jul

3:00 PM 7/17/2021 3:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N North St
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N North St Peoria 61604 IL
United States
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