BROWNSVILLE — A Mass for Denise Blanche Lanier, 62, who passed away peacefully on Aug. 21 at the Mount Ascutney Hospital, Windsor, after a long courageous battle with cancer, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snows in Woodstock. In accordance with her wishes, there are no calling hours.
She was surrounded by many close friends and her Mount Ascutney family.
Denise was born on May 20, 1950 in Lowell, Mass., the daughter of Lillian and Leo Lanier, who predeceased her when she was a child.
Survivors include her loving companion of 26 years, Susan B. Hines; great god-child, Ian Mason; two nephews Jon and Rob Mason and their families; two sisters-in-law, Margie Bourgeois and Elizabeth Hines; nieces, many cousins, close friends and her loving Mount Ascutney Hospital family.
She was predeceased by a brother, Albert Bourgeois; her grandmother, Rose Lanier; an aunt and uncle, Leo and Doris Bernier and Leon R. Hines.
Denise graduated from St. Joseph high school of Girls, Lowell, Mass. and Northeastern University, Boston, Mass. She was registered in Radiologic Technology and Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. She worked for many years in several Massachusetts hospitals. Denise provided clinical internship sites for potential sonographers and was a mentor and teacher to many. In 1988, Denise relocated to Vermont, where she owned and operated the Southview Bed and Breakfast, in Brownsville, for 10 years. At this time, she also worked as a sonographer at the Mount Ascutney Hospital. There, Denise played a pivotal role in the creation and nurturing of the Hospice Vigil Companion Program.
Denise was a tireless and enthusiastic worker who enjoyed in her spare time reading, crafts, and travel. She was an animal lover and she enjoyed being in Maine. Most of all, she was devoted to her friends and family.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Hospice Suite Fund, which was near and dear to her heart. The address is 289 County Road, Windsor, 05089.
This obituary first appeared in the August 30, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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