Denise Boshier Nusom passed away peacefully on April 16, 2021, in Savannah, Georgia. She opened her heart to everyone she met. She was always there for family members and friends, and enjoyed many visits and celebrations with her siblings, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Denise strived to help others whenever she could by driving friends to Church on Sundays, tutoring young adults preparing to take the GED, or volunteering at the library.
Denise was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey to her parents, Mary and Jack Boshier. She attended Holy Trinity elementary and high school in Westfield, New Jersey and graduated from Notre Dame University in 1973 with a BA in English. Denise met her husband, Alan Nusom in 1990, and they were avid sailing companions for many years.
Denise is survived by her sisters and spouses, Maureen Rea (Robert), Kathy Wood (Chip), Sue Chapman (Tom) and her brother, John Boshier (Elena). She also leaves behind nine nieces and nephews, eight great- nieces and nephews, and many close friends. Denise joins her mom and dad and her husband in heaven.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at St. James Catholic Church. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.
Denise was such a lovely person. I was always so happy to see her and Sugarbear at the dog park. We shared a loved of theater and attended several shows together. She was one of the kindest, most caring people I have ever met. I was blessed to know her and mourn her passing greatly.
- Melissa Chapman, Savannah, Georgia
A dear and beloved friend, Denise brought joy, a generous spirit and laughter to everyone and every occasion. A true measure of a life well-lived is how many people love you. If love could have saved you, Denise, you would have lived forever. XOXO
- Beth McTigue, New York, NY
Denise was a good friend and classmate someone who always made everyone feel very special . She was a bright light in this world who left too soon. I feel blessed to call you my friend
- Molly Boyle Aiello , Colts Neck , NJ
Denise was one of the most pleasant and jovial people I ever had the pleasure to work with at the Village Library. She always had interesting and informative conversation to share. I will sorely miss working and conversation with her. Just one very nice person to spend time with.
- Joe Hough, Savannah, GA
I went to college with Dee - she was a leader in our class, had a wonderful sense of humor, and I know her friends will miss her dearly. I had not seen Dee for many years, but remember her with affection.
- Fran Jones, Smithfield, VA
Will miss our friend, have many fond memories with her & Al. Rest In Peace!
- Kayzie KalisBarr & Tom Barr, Arnold, MD
Denise was a shining light for us all. Blessed with a wicked sense of humor, a loving heart and grace beyond measure, she was a natural leader and the very best friend you could imagine. Denise was one in a million and she will be dearly missed. I send my deepest condolences to the Boshier family. Denise, your Cape May soul sisters love you forever!❤ Love, Pat Wright Longshore
- Pat Wright Longshore , LTL EGG HBR, NJ
Thinking of you all at this time of loss. Denise was a dear soul who will be sadly missed.
- Kinzie Gordon, Savannah, Ga
- Debbie Coolidge, Savannah , Georgia
I met Denise in 2001 when I joined her tennis team in Mt. Pleasant. Very quickly, a subgroup of the team coalesced into a tight-knit band of friends we called "the Ya-Yas." The Ya-Yas played tennis and bridge, and traveled to NYC for dining and theater. We were there when Al passed away, and we missed Denise terribly when she moved to Savannah to be with family. I will miss the sunshine of her smile and her clever, witty conversation. I will not miss her impossible-to-return slice shot which dropped just over the net and stopped cold. She promised to teach us how, but never did...probably on purpose. We will miss you, Denise... Shine on.
- Diane Rice, Mount Pleasant, SC
I was so sorry to hear about the transition of Denise from earth to glory. I had the opportunity to work with Denise for a number of years during her employment at the Charleston County School District. We celebrate her legacy as an exemplar leader, a strong voice for the voiceless, and a true change agent. While I appreciate her skills as a leader, I'm most appreciative of having had the opportunity to call her friend, a relationship that I will be eternally grateful for. Rest in peace my dear friend and colleague.
- Reverend Dr. Brenda Nelson, Charleston, SC
She was a real friend, and we shared our love for golf, books, & most of all for Sugar Bear. I will miss seeing her every day.
- Renee Garcia, Savannah , GA
Sandy and I are so sorry to get this news. Denise was the most wonderful person that I have ever been lucky enough to know.
- Eldridge Ellett, Mt Pleasant, South Carolina
Worked with Denise for years in Charleston Schools we laughed when we discovered we both grew up in Westfield and had the same birthday. She was a wonderful friend and co-worker who always saw the best and loved the kids. Will miss you Denise.
- Bob Stevens, Charleston, SC