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Denis Joseph Stemmle

Denis Joseph Stemmle

Denis Joseph Stemmle, a resident of Stratford for the past 20 years, has published his first book, Puddles from a Drooling Mind … a Quest for Meaning through an Informed Faith.

Stemmle retired from Pitney Bowes in 2008, and started a new career in writing. During his 15 years in new product development at Pitney, he held the positions of Vice President of Engineering and Principal Fellow, and has been granted 120 U.S. Patents for his inventions.

For the past 40 years, Stemmle along with his wife Dee, has been engaged in helping people discover truths about themselves and find ways to live their lives with more fulfillment, satisfaction, and accomplishment. In hundreds of speaking engagements to groups in the USA, Canada, England, and Ireland, his style has been both gentle and challenging. That style involves telling stories about his own journey, his discoveries, his barriers and roadblocks, his breakthroughs and frustrations. He then invites his listeners to reflect and encourages them to make their own discoveries. His principal focus in these speaking engagements has been to bring energy into relationships and leadership. That is also the style and focus of the book.

Stemmle’s journey started with presenting talks, in partnership with his wife Dee, at more than a hundred Marriage Encounter Weekends, and has evolved into training couples and priests to present on these weekends by going deeper in their own relationships. The Stemmles’ led a team to create a training weekend called “Leading through Relationship” for new leadership people in volunteer organizations to help them be more effective. He presented this experience six times to various leadership groups, including his own parish, St. James Parish in Stratford.

He trained others to continue presenting it. He was instrumental in creating and then presented a number of other parish-based experiences at St. James, such as “Using your Strengths,” “A Journey of Discipleship,” and “Evenings for Married Couples” for small groups — and trained others to present these programs as well.

The book can be purchased at

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