Denlinger held the position of division chairwoman of the United Way as well as treasurer and past president of the Insurance Women of Dubuque. The daughter of native Dubuquers who returned to the city when their child was two years old, Denlinger attended CLARKE COLLEGE for one year where she planned to major in zoology. She left school, despite having a four-year scholarship, to enter the business world as an assistant to the personnel director of the DUBUQUE PACKING COMPANY.
Civic responsibilities grew out of volunteer activities with her children. Denlinger became a Girl Scout troop organizer and later president and field vice president of the Little Cloud Council. She helped establish the DUBUQUE GIRLS' CLUB in 1975 and was a member of its board. During her service until 1991, she served both as treasurer and president. Denlinger's service on the board of the DUBUQUE RACING ASSOCIATION included chairwoman of the long-range planning committee, vice president and president beginning in 1992.
Denlinger's commitment to public service was recognized. She received the Faye Hoffman Above & Beyond Award for outstanding service to the United Way in 2008. She was the recipient of the FIRST CITIZEN AWARD in 2006.
175 Years, Volume 3, "Denlinger Goes Above and Beyond," Telegraph Herald, September 15, 2008