The obituary page in today's Press of Atlantic City included a familiar face, and that's never good. Denise Foster, a loyal, longtime Lite Rock listener died this week at age 54.

For years, Denise was a familiar face at station events and promotions and a frequent caller to my morning show. She was an extremely sweet lady with a warm smile and we became friends.

Last year, Denise sent me a message asking for help. She told me her mother had recently died. Two weeks later, Denise had suffered a brain aneurysm which left her paralyzed on her left side. During surgeries to relieve swelling to her brain, almost half of her skull was removed.

She was hoping Lite Rock would promote a benefit planned by friends to raise money to help Denise and her family with medical bills and living expenses.

Lite Rock agreed and I spent a Saturday afternoon at the benefit with Denise and her friends and family.

That was the last time I saw Denise, but we continued to keep in touch on Facebook. She always asked about my life and how my daughters were doing and she never spent much time dwelling on her own serous medical concerns. Denise was a real sweetheart.

As her obituary says, "Denise was a beautiful soul inside and out, always putting others before herself. Family was everything to her including all of her animals. She was a committed wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a very hardworking woman that worked for Atlantic County Government for 15 years.

Denise was a very passionate woman with everything she did in life. She was full of life and love and always knew the right words to say. Her smile lit up the room where ever she went and she brought joy to everyone she encountered. Denise was brought home to heaven much sooner than we had hoped, but will forever live on in our hearts."

Denise leaves behind her husband, three children and four grandchildren. My condolences to them.

Rest in peace, Denise.  It was my privilege to have known you.


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