LACONIA - After years of giving to our Community, sadly, Doreen Knight, RN, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center. Doreen always knew that nursing was the career for her.
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Doreen did bedside nursing at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock [then in Hanover], Littleton Hospital and Laconia's Lakes Region General Hospital.
Doreen's nursing career changed greatly when she worked for 13 years for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, in epidemiology. She specialized in searching for communicable disease sources, especially TB. Her efforts ultimately saved the lives of countless New Hampshire citizens.
Doreen's contribution to medical services came in the 1970's, when a small group asked Doreen to help establish what is today's Central New Hampshire Visiting Nurses Association [VNA] and Hospice. That agency today is one of the Lakes Region's most honorable sources to countless people.
Her work in Hospice is well known and appreciated by hundreds of Lakes Region families. She eventually specialized in the area of Bereavement, a Hospice program that continues to this day. Memorials honoring Doreen, may be sent to Central NH VNA & Hospice, at 780 North Main St., Laconia, 03246.
Doreen is survived by her husband of 54 years, Gerald; and a daughter, Sara O'Sullivan, of Belmont. She has three grandchildren, Jonathan O'Sullivan of Laconia and Emma and Samuel Knight, of Greenfield, Mass. Also, a son, Jeffrey in Vermont and her sister-in-law, Margaret Johnson, and nephews, Eric Johnson and Dr. Timothy Johnson, all of Minnesota.
Visiting for family and friends will be held Sunday, Sept. 29, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia.
A service honoring Doreen and her contributions to the Lakes Region will follow at 3 p.m. also at the Funeral Home.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to wilkinsonbeane.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Sept. 24, 2013