Lorraine Denning, 89, passed away unexpectedly in her sleep at home on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. She was born on Oct. 11, 1922, the daughter of the late Raymond and Aurore (Merchant) Valyeau. Lorraine attended St. Anthony’s School and Burlington Business College, while working at Vermont Maple Orchards. On May 9, 1942, she married John James “Jim” Denning. Lorraine was instrumental in starting Denning Construction with her husband in 1966, handling day-to-day office operations. A lifetime member of St. Anthony’s Parish, she was a prayerful woman. Among her survivors is her son, Robert “Bob” Denning of Shelburne. She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Jim in 2008. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lorraine’s memory to the American Diabetes Association , 77 Hegeman Avenue, Colchester, VT 05446, Vermont Chapter for Kidney Disease, 1 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT 05401, or the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, Burlington, VT 05401.