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Denise A. (Normandin) Rawlings

July 25, 1943 ~ May 7, 2022 (age 78)


WESTMINSTER – Denise A. (Normandin) Rawlings, 78, transitioned to her heavenly home after a period of declining health on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Born on July 25, 1943, in Fitchburg, MA, she was the daughter of Gerard J. and Irene C. (Lizotte) Normandin.

   She grew up in Fitchburg and graduated from St. Bernard’s High School in 1961. After high school, Denise travelled through Europe for a year before settling down in Virginia where she advanced in a career in Civil Service for the US Government. After 30 years of service, Denise retired from the Federal Register in 1998. While living in Virginia, Denise met the love of her life, Kenneth W. Rawlings. She and Ken were together for over 20 years before they married in 1997. They then relocated back to Westminster, MA to be closer to her family. After retirement, Denise worked part time for Harrington and Richardson Arms Company in Gardner, MA as an administrative assistant.

   Denise had a passion for cooking and baking (her homemade pizza was the best), loved to read, had a slight addiction to the online game Bookworm and was a very competitive board game enthusiast. She enjoyed keeping in touch with friends and relatives via Facebook and was always looking for a new book suggestion. Denise had a passion for learning and loved a challenge. 

   Denise was predeceased by her father, Gerard (1972) and husband, Kenneth (2010). Denise is survived by her loving fur baby, Mikey; her mother, Irene of Sterling, MA; her sister, Jean Rizzo and her spouse Susan Hirschfield of Leominster, MA; her nieces, Angela Stenuis and her husband, Marty and Lauri Rizzo and her husband, Nick Monaco; grand-niece, Emma Stenuis; maternal aunt, Laura Begnoche of Sterling, MA; longtime friend and caregiver, Rita Smith; and many cousins.

   In honoring Denise’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or service.

   Those wishing to make a contribution in her memory may donate to the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats, P.O. Box 142, Lunenburg, MA 01462 or online at

   The Westminster Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 123 Main Street, Westminster, MA 01473 has been entrusted with the care of Denise’s arrangements.
   John F. Masciarelli and Terresa Shea, Funeral Directors.

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