Deniece Champlin, Obituary

Deniece  Champlin,
Deniece Champlin,

September 24, 1944 - April 20, 2017
Born in Detroit, MI
Resided in Preston, CT


Deniece Champlin, 72, died April 20, 2017 at William W. Backus Hospital after a short illness. Deniece was born on September 24, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan. She was the oldest of seven children. Deniece grew up on Block Island, where she met her husband David, who survives her. The couple moved to Connecticut in 1961 and has been married for 55 years. Deniece graduated from the Licensed Practical Nurse program at Norwich Regional Vocational Technical School in 1972 and worked as an LPN at several institutions, including William W. Backus Hospital. Her family will remember her feisty wit, her incredible fish chowder, and her unbeatable Scrabble strategy.

In addition to her husband, Deniece is survived by her children, Karen King (Christopher) of Ledyard, Carla Champlin of Preston, and Russell Champlin (Johanna) of Boston, MA; her grandchildren, Steven Gocka (Chelsea) of Norwich, Melanie Cometa (Anthony), Kevin Wade, and Amanda King, all of Ledyard, and Rivers and Azure Champlin of Boston, MA; and her beloved chihuahua, Doodle.

In accordance with Deniece's wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Deniece's name to the Poquetanuck Fire Department, Inc., 87 Route 2A, Preston, CT, 06365.

The Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 48 Grand Street, Niantic is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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