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Janet "Lee" Bezanson
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Meredith, N.H.----BEZANSON, Janet “ Lee”, 66, of Meredith, NH , died on July 25, 2009. Born June 25, 1943 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of Alfred Newell Hitchcock and Janet (Stuart) Hitchcock.

Lee is survived by her beloved husband, Gordon H. Bezanson, Jr. of Meredith; two sisters, Gail Gentle and her husband, Ray Gentle, of Claremont, NH and Pamela Ingraham and her husband, Don Ingraham, of Woodbridge, CT; a daughter, Brett Martin, and her husband, Joe, and their children, Molly Evelyn and Jack Gordon of Bolton, CT; a son, Brian Fons, and his wife, Tonya, and their children, Katya Elizabeth and Dasha Marie, of Auburn, ME; several step-children and their children; Donna Stalley and her children, Samantha and Kirby of Vernon, CT., Cynthia Trenholm and her husband, Scott, and their children, Thomas (Joe), Kyle, and Erica of Manchester, CT., Thomas Gordon Bezanson and his wife, Kathy, and their children, Julie and Lori of Ellington, CT., and Anthony Ludwig Fons III and his daughters, Kelsey, Hailey, and Mallory of Farmington CT.

Lee was an Associate Research Professor at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, was the Director of the Community Living Exchange Collaborative Clearinghouse that manages the website and she was a member of the management team for the ILRU Technical Exchange for Community Living. She provided support to Cash & Counseling states as a part of the National Program Office at Boston College.

Lee was formerly the National Project Director of the HCBS Resource Network and served as Co-Chair of the HCBS Resource Network Board. She was a faculty member for the national Olmstead trainings sponsored by ILRU. Lee was a former Medicaid Director for the State of New Hampshire.

Both a psychiatric nurse and an attorney by training, Lee had a broad and eclectic background in the human services field.  She had been the Director of a Senior Citizens Law Project, an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Connecticut, a member of the Ethics Committee for the federal Bar in Connecticut, a Charge Nurse in a chemical dependency unit for adults with dual diagnoses, and the Legal Coordinator for the state of New Hampshire Division of Human Services. 

Lee served on the Executive Committee for the National Association of State Medicaid Directors (NASMD) and as Chair of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Long Term Care Technical Advisory Group. She was a founder of the New England States Consortium Systems Organization (NESCSO) and served on its Board of Directors. She was a former member of the Board of Directors of Granite State Independent Living.

Funeral service will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to or the charity of the donor’s choice.
The family would like to thank the staff, aids, and nurses at Community Health and Hospice, Laconia, N.H. for their excellent care and compassion especially during the past few difficult weeks.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. is in charge of the arrangements.

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