Dr. Denis Membreno, retired surgeon, died on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital after a brief illness. He was 81.

He was the husband of Else (Mulder) Membreno and the father of Poncho Membreno, Chico Membreno, Elseke Membreno-Zenteno and Denise Royer, and grandfather of nine grandchildren. His memorial service will be held at a later date on the Vineyard and a full obituary will appear at that time. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. An online guest book is available at ccgfuneralhome.com.