Biology staffer remembered as treasured colleague

Dorey (D.J.) Lafreniere is recalled by co-workers as someone who always made the day brighter. An administrative/financial clerk in the Department of Biological Sciences, she died March 22.

“We loved her and will certainly miss her,” says Nancy Barkley, secretary to the head of the department. “We all work closely together in this department and D.J. always had us laughing and she enjoyed every day to the fullest.… We had a lot of fun.”

Barkley adds that Lafreniere loved her children and brought many stories from the hockey rink or the baseball diamond to share: “They were the world to her.”

Lafreniere began her employment with the University of Windsor in January 2006 as a part-time research grant accounting clerk in the Department of Finance and transferred to biology in December 2013.

Campus flags will be lowered on Wednesday, March 30, in her memory. Funeral services are planned for Wednesday; for details, see her obituary online.

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