Dennis Michael Nowacoski of Statesville, N.C., passed away peacefully with his family by his side after a brief illness on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at Iredell Memorial Hospital. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 16, 1948, a son of the late Joseph and Dorothy (Malinowski) Nowacoski. Upon graduation from Lafayette High School in 1966, he enlisted in the Navy. He was very proud of his service to our country.

Dennis worked as a phlebotomist at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayer, Pa. He moved to Statesville 11 years ago and worked at Iredell Memorial Hospital and for Exam One.

On October 18, 2004, he married Winifred Middlesworth in Las Vegas. Their 17 years together were the happiest days of his life.

Dennis loved to ride his motorcycle. For many years he participated in the Rolling Thunder Ride in Washington, D.C. He was a proud member of American Legion Post 65.

Besides his parents, Dennis was predeceased by his infant son, Dennis, and brother, Ronald. He is survived by his loving wife, Winnie at home; his daughters Cheri Ann Harkness (Lyle) and Kelly Sitzer (Scott); grandchildren, Ethan and Kierstin; brothers Paul (Grace) of West Windsor, N.J., Robert (Barbara) of East Smithfield, Pa., and Greg (Linda) of Sacramento, Calif.; his sister, Mary Anne Jordy (George) of Ayer, Mass.; and sister-in-law, Rena Nowacoski of Amityville, N.Y.

A Celebration of his Life will be held on Sunday, December 19, at Troutman Funeral Home, 345 N Main Street, Troutman, N.C., with Kenneth Wallace officiating. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. and the service at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to The American Legion Post 65, 2446 Salisbury Road, Statesville NC 28677. Please include In Memory of Dennis Nowacoski.

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family.

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