Swan Funeral Home


Denise Rancourt

June 16, 1942February 7, 2021

Denise Russell Rancourt 78, beloved wife of 47 years to the late Renald Rancourt, died peacefully at home on February 7, 2021 surrounded by her loving children. Daughter of Richard and Catherine (O'Keefe) Russell, she was born on June 16, 1942 in Hartford, CT.

She graduated from St. Joseph College in 1964. She worked many years as an insurance actuary for Aetna and Travelers before retiring and relocating to Clinton CT. Denise was always active in her community. Since moving to Clinton, she has worked for the department of youth and families, volunteered her time with Meals on Wheels, and shared her yard as a community garden. She loved playing Bridge and made many friends doing so.

She is survived by her children, Linda Livengood and her husband Bill of Whitefield, NH, Donna Stahurski and her husband Stan of Moscow, PA, Russell and his wife Julianne of Derry, NH, Kevin of Vernon CT and Timothy of Rocky Hill CT, six grandchildren, Billy (Angel), Curtis (Samantha), and Carlene Livengood, Christopher (Ciaran) Christall-Stahurski and Genevieve and Eden Rancourt, and 4 great-grandchildren, Jalynn, Haylea, Kendall and Lily.

She was predeceased by her sister Catherine Claffey, and her brother Rev. Richard R Russell.

The family would like to thank two of Mom’s friends, Beverly and Paula, whose gracious assistance and dedication allowed Denise to remain in her own home up to the time of her passing.

Friends and family may visit from 10:30 to 11:50 am on Friday Feb 12, 2021 at St Mary's Church, Grove St, Clinton CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at noon. In lieu of flowers, Denise wished that everyone perform one good deed and make the world a better place.



  • Calling Hours

    Friday, February 12, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, February 12, 2021


  • Burial


Denise Rancourt

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Mary-Ellen Callahan

February 11, 2021

To the Rancourt family,
We're so very sorry for your loss. We enjoyed many fun evenings with Denise and Ren enjoying the shoreline and playing games. Denise was gentle and loving, and will be missed but remembered fondly.
With deep sympathy,
Gloria Callahan and daughters, Maura & Mary-Ellen

Lynne Rawlinitis

February 10, 2021

Russ, Kevin, Timmy,
Please except my deepest sorrow for the loss of your Mom. Mrs. Rancourt was a wonderful kind soul and I have many memories of spending time with her and your family. She was a part of our family
just like you all are.
I will not be able to physically be there Friday, but know I will be
thinking about you all.
With Love,
Lynne, Keith and Riley Rawlinitis

Laurel Cavanagh

February 10, 2021

Our bridge group will never be the same without Denise. We were a lot more than just Bridge friends. We laughed, shed a few tears, worried and cared for each other. Rest In Peace, dear Denise. Love Laurel

Katie Claffey Dziedzic

February 9, 2021

So many memories from holidays to football games to blowing up Oh Harry bars in the microwave (did she ever find out before we told her? lol) and my bridal shower at her house, she was suppose to be making my vail, sneaky Aunt Denny. Living out of state now I haven’t been able to visit as much as I should have and for that I am so sorry. The memories will last the rest of my life. Love to all my cousins. See you Friday.

Annie Claffey Bradley

February 9, 2021

Cousins, there are just no words to say. She was a wonderful aunt and supporter of everything you and we did. She will be missed beyond words.
Aunt Denny, you will be in my heart and thoughts forever. Love Annie