CAPE NEDDICK, ME - Denise Ann Worobey (Thompson) a resident of Cape Neddick, Maine, died unexpectedly on December 29, 2017 at the age of 71 in Florida while visiting and caring for an ailing friend.
Born in Peabody, on August 17, 1946 to Joseph Denis and Rose Marie Duchesne Thompson, Denise graduated from Peabody High School in 1964. She married Dennis John Worobey on November 29, 1965 and together they built a home on Chadwick's Pond in Bradford, MA and raised a son, Dennis Joseph (DJ). Her husband and son both predeceased her, in 1990 and 1991, and she missed them every day since.
Denise is survived by her partner of 25 years, Mark VanWalbeck, Fernandina Beach, Fla.; her sister, Natalie Robinson (Gary), Haverhill; nephew, David Martel (Nancy), Watertown, NY; nieces, Michelle Martel, Watertown, and Andrea Fogarty, Haverhill. Denise will also be forever remembered by her great-nieces, great nephews, extended family and many, many dear friends.
Over the years, Denise worked at many boutique stores and often made good friends with her co-workers. Some of them were from Maguire's in Bradford; Flowers by Steve, Karelis Jewelers, the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Ultra Diamonds, and PS It Matters.
Denise had a special love for animals. Throughout her adult life they were always around. Some of them were German shepherds Kitten, Kai, and Suki; a goose named Bruce; standard poodles, Buddy, Bo, Reggie, Lacey, and Poppy; and cats, Jingles and Abby.
A gifted artist, Denise taught herself in the beginning then moved on to study with accomplished artists in the Newburyport area. She especially loved to paint animals and portraits as well as many other subjects, including wildlife, seascapes and still-life. Denise was a member of and often volunteered at the York Art Association and the York Community Service Association, where she dedicated much time to the food bank and thrift store.
She enjoyed traveling and often kept a vacation diary, especially when her Mom was alive, so her Mom could also enjoy the vacations.The Caribbean; Sedona; Churchill, Canada; Switzerland; and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia were some of her destinations.
Denise enjoyed many activities as well, such as jogging, skiing, snow-shoeing and a bit later in life, piano lessons, sailing and gardening.
She was generous by nature and would do almost anything for anyone. Wherever she showed up, there was a gift in hand, and if there was a project to be accomplished, she jumped right in - no project was too big or too small. In 2008, the Anna Jacques Hospital installed a fixed MRI site, the Dennis John and Dennis Joseph "DJ" Worobey MRI Center, in recognition of a lead philanthropic gift given by Denise. She was always taking care of others.
Denise will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. There will be no calling hours. A celebration of life will be held at a later date to be announced. Contributions may be made in Denise's name to the York Community Service Association, P.O. Box 180, York, ME 03909.
Published on January 24, 2018