NEWTOWN, Conn. - Nancy J. (Champion) Lanza, 52, a former resident of Kingston, N.H. died Dec. 14, 2012, in Connecticut.
Born in Salem, Mass., the daughter of Dorothy (Huse) (Champion) Hanson and the late Donald Champion, she was raised in Kingston, N.H., and graduated from Sanborn Regional High School with the class of 1978.
She attended the University of New Hampshire and worked in the New Accounts Division of John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company of Boston until 1992.
A resident of Newtown since 1998, Nancy was involved as a volunteer in local charity work, especially the local women's shelters. She had many lifelong friends locally and around the world, and enjoyed flower gardening, travel, the arts, and museums. An avid Red Sox fan who shared season's tickets, she also enjoyed listening to jazz music.
She is survived by a son, Ryan J. Lanza of Hoboken, N.J.; her mother, Dorothy (Huse) (Champion) Hanson of Barrington, N.H.; two brothers, James M. Champion of Kingston, N.H., and Donald R. Champion of Colorado; a sister and brother-in-law, Carol A. Gould of Maine; her former husband, Peter Lanza of Connecticut; her special nieces and nephews, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.
services: A private family service was held on Thursday, Dec. 20, and a public memorial service will be held next year. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice