MADISON—Denise Demortier Wanson, of Madison, age 76, passed away on November 12, 2012 at her home surrounded by family and friends and her beloved cat “Jimmy”. She was born on May 3, 1936 to Leon Jacques Wanson and Arlette D’Hoore in Etterbeek, Brussels, Belgium.

She earned her Degree in Nursing from the College of Nursing from MATC. She worked as a nurse at the VA Hospital in Madison.

Denise is survived by her son Jacques Demortier and his wife Carine and her grandchildren Charlotte Demortier, Geraldine Demortier and Jonathan Demortier and many dear friends.

Denise enjoyed travel, fishing, nature and being outdoors. She loved animals, playing cards, spending time with friends and was very fond of her beloved pets.

Of her many accomplishments in life Denise was particularly proud of her work in India. Her interest in medicine led her to work in a remote village hospital. Enchanted with the towns people Denise went on to form a cooperative between the silk worm growers, weavers, and merchants so that for the first time the women weavers in the Village could earn a living wage. She provided funds and expertise in many other endeavors while there but always with the focus of improving the lives of and empowering women.

A funeral service is planned for Saturday, December 8, 2012 at ST. BERNARDS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7450 University Avenue, Middleton, at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until time of the service at the church on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Dane County Humane Society, 5132 Voges Road, Madison, WI 53718.

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In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Dane County Humane Society, 5132 Voges Road, Madison, WI 53718.

Visitation:
Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until time of the service at the church on Saturday.

Service:
A funeral service is planned for Saturday, December 8, 2012 at ST. BERNARDS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7450 University Avenue, Middleton, at 2:00 p.m.