August 26, 1952 - September 16, 2017

Denise A. (Zankowski) Winter passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 16 at Tufts Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. She was 65 years old. A lifelong resident of Revere, Denise attended local schools, graduating from Revere High School. She attended and graduated from the Chandler School for Women in Boston, with a degree in business. She worked in Boston for several years for the Federal Reserve Bank. She worked most recently for the Revere Public Schools, assisting children with special needs. She is survived by her husband Edward A. Winter of Revere, her son Daniel A. Winter and his partner Kenneth Holgersen, and her daughter Kimberly A. Winter, and Kim’s daughter, Mia Rose. Mia was the light of Denise’s life and brings special joy to all of the family. Denise is also survived by her sister, Darlene Zankowski O’Keefe and her husband Thomas O’Keefe of Peabody; her sister Doreen M. Zankowski, ESQ. and her partner Billie Jean Potter of Boxford; and her brother John A. Zankowski of Revere. Denise is also survived by niece Tara O’Keefe Diefenbach, her husband Paul and their son Thomas of Peabody; and niece Tina O’Keefe Gongas, her husband Will, and their son Lucas. She was predeceased by her parents, Anthony A. and Dolores Zankowski of Revere. Denise’s gift to the world, and what she will be most remembered for were her amazing love for her family and her unending kindness and compassion. Denise was a selfless caregiver, providing love and support to her own family, as well as to her brother John, who lived with Denise and her family. Denise made a promise to her parents at an early age that she would take care of her brother, after their deaths, and she fulfilled this promise, with love and daily care and compassion. John adored his sister “Dee-Dee.” Denise loved children and animals, including Gizmo the dog, and others who went to heaven, Pumpkin and Ginger. Calling hours will be at the Paul Buonfiglio Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street in Revere on Thursday, September 21 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral from Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno funeral home at 10:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, September 22, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere Street in Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Philanthropy Office, 41 Pacella Park Dr, Randolph, MA 02368 or St. Anthony’s Church, 245 Revere St, Revere MA 02151.

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