October 17, 2011

Remembering Denyse Conant

Posted in Volunteer Spotlight at 3:41 pm by Lund

Denyse Conant

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Denyse Conant. Among many things, Denyse was a beloved volunteer at Lund where she helped with Development Office management every Friday.  Her keen organizational skills were an incredible gift to the Development Department but were no match to the warmth, energy and light she brought with her every time she volunteered.

Despite Denyse’s ongoing battle with cancer, she arrived at Lund every Friday positive and upbeat and keenly attuned to the well-being of those around her.  Denyse loved her family and we enjoyed getting to know the family through her stories of work at the family business Claussen’s Nursery, her Thanksgiving dinner for 50 family members and updates on her children.  In keeping with her giving nature, the Conant Family chose to direct donations to Lund Family Center in lieu of flowers.  We are incredibly grateful and honored to direct these gifts to something Denyse believed in deeply- strengthening children and families.  We extend our deepest condolences to all who share in this tremendous loss and we share in the gratitude of knowing Denyse.

Below is the April 1, 2011, article from the Burlington Free Press where Denyse was recognized as ‘Volunteer of the Week’ for her extraordinary work


  1. Daphne Dulude said,

    We, as her family members, would like to thank you for being a light in her life each week. She truely did love, and looked forward to going to the Lund Center each week. We are greatful that she was able to find another way to reach out to help others. Denyse was always willing to help others, it seemed even more during her years of battling cancer. Her lead is surely one to follow…Thank you for all you did for her too, and for helping to keep her memory alive.

    Her sister….

  2. Dear Daphne,
    I feel truly honored that Denyse chose Lund to volunteer her time and energy and to have had the chance to get to know Denyse a little. One thing that really struck me was that Denyse always came in with a smile on her face and quietly helped make a difference in the work our Development Department does. I am in such awe that no matter what she was going through batting cancer, she chose to spend time here doing the less than glorious work that needed to be done, and she always was cheeful and upbeat. I will never forget her, her gentle quietness, her smile, her cheerful greetings, and the twinkle in her eye. She was one very special person, and I will remember her kindness. She was truly and will continue to be someone who is an inspiration to me and others. Thanks for your words on our blog. My thoughts are with you and her entire family, as I cannot imagine how great a loss this is for you all.

    Barbara Rachelson

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