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Marcia Wood Denbeaux, 72, Of Woodcliff Lake, Law Firm Founder

Marcia Denbeaux
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WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. -- WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. -- Marcia Wood Denbeaux, 72, a longtime resident of Woodcliff Lake, died Saturday, Aug. 27 of cancer.

The daughter of Helen and Cyrus Wood, she was born March 12, 1944, in Boston and grew up outside Philadelphia.

She met her future husband, Mark Denbeaux, at the College of Wooster in Ohio. They married Aug. 28, 1965, and moved to Woodcliff Lake in 1972.

Denbeaux completed her undergraduate studies at New York University and earned her law degree in 1983 from Rutgers University. She co-founded the law firm, Denbeaux & Denbeaux in 1989 in Westwood, leading the firm with her son, Joshua. She primarily practiced matrimonial and family law, real estate law, elder law and estate planning and administration.

Denbeaux viewed her role as an advocate – as an empowered social worker first, and as a litigator, second. Not satisfied with just winning cases, she wanted to make her clients’ lives better.

She was a member of the Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel in Bergen County for nearly two decades. She was recognized by the leadership of the State of New Jersey General Assembly 37th Legislative District, New Jersey Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Director of Human Services and the Bergen County Executives for her 20 years of pro bono service to the Domestic Violence Legal Advocates Project, for which she served as a legal representative at restraining order hearings.

She also received awards for her leadership in other areas of community service, and was given both the Bergen County Bar Foundation Community Service Award (1996) and the NJAMHA Community Mental Health Leadership Award (1997).

Denbeaux also served on the Woodcliff Lake Borough Council since 2000, working across a wide spectrum of committees, including the Board of Health and Mental Health, Building and Grounds, the Library, Public Information, Ordinances and most recently, the Zoning Board. She also served on the Board of the Pascack Mental Health Center.

She is survived by her husband, Mark, and her family, Joshua and Sally Denbeaux of Hillsdale, Abigail and Nathan Kahl of Hillsdale, Gregory and Cathleen Denbeaux of Albany, N.Y. and Marcelle Higgs of Woodcliff Lake; her mother, Helen Wood of Boulder, Colo.; her sisters, Caroline Wood of Berkeley, Calif., Janet Wood Dillingham of Denver and Beverly Thurber of Fort Collins, Colo.; her grandchildren, Jacob, Luke, Isaac, Benjamin, Eleanor, Sarah, Katherine and Annah; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 4 Woodland Road, Montvale. A reception will follow at the Denbeaux home, 3 Werimus Road, Woodcliff Lake.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to two organizations that she proudly supported, the Pascack Mental Health Center and St. Paul Episcopal Church in Montvale.

Arrangements by Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood.

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